Kansas City


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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Kansas City Startup launches grass-fed beef delivery services

By Christine McGuigan / October 20, 2017

Kansas City-based River Watch Beef recently announced an expansion of their regional delivery service to include all 48 contiguous states. Chris Kovac, founder of the food startup, said that beef and commodity markets can be hard to anticipate so to solve that problem, the company takes their product directly to consumers. “Our goal at River…

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Coalition forms to develop Kansas City-St. Louis Hyperloop route

By SPN Team / October 6, 2017

Anyone who tells you Kansas City baseball is preferable to what you’ll experience at Busch Stadium in St. Louis is profoundly misguided, or a biased lifelong resident of Kansas City. Anyone who tells you the BBQ you’ll find in St. Louis is preferable to what you can get at Arthur Bryant’s in Kansas City is…

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