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Kansas City’s nbkc bank announces Fountain City Fintech accelerator

By Christine McGuigan / June 20, 2018

nbkc bank announced on Wednesday the launch of Fountain City Fintech, an accelerator program for early-stage financial technology startups from around the world. Five companies will be chosen from a pool of international applicants to receive a minimum $50,000 investment and join the initial program this fall. Fountain City Fintech will provide capital, mentorship and…

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iDentalSoft moves from Bay Area to Kansas City with new HQ

By Christine McGuigan / June 15, 2018

iDentalSoft, a cloud-based dental practice management platform, was formed in the Bay Area but established business headquarters in Kansas City earlier this year. The tech startup also announced on Wednesday that it has received a new round of funding led by FCA Venture Partners in Nashville. Bay Area Roots iDentalSoft was born in California when…

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Kansas City’s Firebrand Ventures closes fund at $17.7M

By Christine McGuigan / April 5, 2018

Firebrand Ventures announced the close of its seed fund on Wednesday, with an oversubscribed total of $17.7 million, nearly 250% over their initial goal of $7M. In a time when roughly 75-80% of venture capital raised in the U.S. still goes to California, Massachusetts and New York, Firebrand’s Kansas City-based fund is proving there’s VC interest…

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Kansas City community organizer chosen as international startup mentor

By Christine McGuigan / March 27, 2018

A Kansas City, Missouri resident and startup ecosystem expert has been selected to serve as a mentor to international startup community organizers at the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Congress next month in Istanbul. The Global Entrepreneurship Congress gathers thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, researchers and support organizations from more than 170 countries. Kyle Smith, Communications Coordinator…

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Kansas City’s Homebase gets ready to pitch and launch at SXSW

By Christine McGuigan / March 7, 2018

South By Southwest, possibly the world’s largest gathering featuring music, film, comedy and interactive media, kicks off this week in Austin, Texas. Started in 1987 with 700 attendees, SXSW has grown over the years into a cultural event that spans 10 days and boasts of over 400,000 direct participants. This year, the SXSW Conference features…

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Why you don’t want your city to become Silicon Valley

By Dustin McKissen / January 12, 2018

For the last few years I’ve heard and read that St. Louis just might be the next Silicon Valley. I haven’t just heard that about St. Louis. I’ve heard the same thing about Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Denver, Houston, Columbus, and just about every decent-sized city in America. Of course, Silicon Valley has a lot going…

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Global Entrepreneurship Week Kansas City celebrates 10 years of freeing ideas

By SPN Team / November 10, 2017

Kansas City’s 10th annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) will bring over 150 events to the city between November 13-19th. This year’s GEWKC will be the largest ever. “Global Entrepreneurship Week inspires the makers, the doers and the dreamers and connects them to our local business community,” said Nathan Kurtz, senior program officer in entrepreneurship at…

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Invest Nebraska’s Brock Smith makes move to Kansas City’s GXP Investments

By SPN Team / October 31, 2017

Since Brock Smith joined Invest Nebraska in June 2015, the company has invested $9.2M in 40 Nebraska-based high-growth startups, as well as funded 18 companies as part of the NMotion accelerator. Those companies have raised an additional $76.3M, an amount that increases every quarter as companies such as Quantified Ag, Virtual Incision, Blue Prairie Brands,…

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