Digital Sandbox

A Playground for Innovators

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The Startup Sandbox

The mission of Digital Sandbox KC is to provide proof-of-concept resources to support early-stage commercialization processes including access to technology, business and market experts and funding for early stage market validation, prototyping and beta testing services.

Developed through a one-time i6 grant from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Agency, Digital Sandbox KC includes players from academia, large corporations, entrepreneurs, business development organizations and economic developers. The program’s mission is to accelerate the commercialization of new ideas and promote business and job growth in the region.  Thanks to the support of many of Kansas City’s strongest and most recognized corporations, universities and civic groups, Digital Sandbox continues to help grow new business starts and create new net jobs for the region.

Digital Sandbox KC is an unprecedented partnership among private companies, universities, entrepreneurial support organizations and government agencies across the Kansas City region designed to spur the creation of high growth companies. Learn more about the partners.

The Digital Sandbox is best positioned to help companies that:

  • Have a significant IT/digital component
  • Have disruptive technologies/clear competitive advantages
  • Are building platform technologies, enabling the development of future products and processes
  • Are local and plan to stay local
  • Have strong, clearly defined management teams
  • Are not already in the marketplace
  • Need first in funding
  • Have a project of some sort standing between them and key investors or customers

Twitter: @SandboxKC

The People Involved

Jeff Shackelford

Jeff Shackelford

Director

Maria Meyers

Maria Meyers

Director of KC Sourcelink

KC Sourcelink

KC Sourcelink

Sponsor

UMKC

UMKC

Sponsor

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