Innovation Hubs & Tech Districts

Creating Hotbeds for Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Companies in the KC Startup Village

Raised by KCSV Startups

Jobs Created by KCSV Companies

Countries Have Visited KCSV


Currently, resources for launching and growing a company in the region are very fragmented. By working in close proximity, small businesses and entrepreneurs can share resources, learn from each other and spur innovations. Such innovation hubs are growing organically in areas such as the Crossroads and the West Bottoms in Kansas City, Mo., and along Rainbow Blvd.

and in downtown Kansas City, Kan. The two cities should support and nurture these and other geographic districts where entrepreneurs gather.


  • Identify and support financing mechanisms to support tech districts and innovation hubs, including tax, parking and transportation incentives.
  • Support implementation of high-speed fiber and Wi-Fi networks to support small businesses and co-location of office space.
  • Support efforts by the Kansas City Economic Development Corporation, Kansas City Area Development Council, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and other agencies to work with current and emerging tech districts.
  • Learn what entrepreneurs and small business owners in these areas need to thrive and be intentional about addressing gaps and supporting innovation.
  • Determine what policies and regulations may need to be changed to encourage tech districts.
  • Create a one-stop shop to support startups and make the process of launching or expanding a small business more predictable, efficient and convenient.


* KC Startup Village—supported during early planning; identified and began involvement with only paid employee; designed ambassador program; regularly contribute to meetings and strategic guidance; host and interact with out-of-town visitors

** LaunchKC began to support concentrating technology businesses in the Crossroads Arts district and aid its development as a tech hub

** Reached arrangement with emfluence to host and help administer gigabit beta tester panel; begun to build out templates and branding

Projects in action

Comeback KC Ventures

Accelerating Innovation to Jumpstart KC’s Comeback from COVID-19 – Comeback KC Ventures is funded through an 18-month SPRINT Challenge grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and administered by KC Digital Drive and the UMKC Innovation Center.

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Kansas City Startup Village

The Kansas City Startup Village (KCSV) is an entrepreneur-led community helping to grow and support
Kansas City entrepreneurs and the startup ecosystem.

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Launch KC

Launch KC exists to nurture local technology talent and attract startups from around the country to relocate to Kansas City.

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Comeback KC Celebration Story

The UMKC Technology Venture Studio and KC Digital Drive teams celebrated March 7
Comeback KC Ventures, a program that supported innovations that aim to solve pandemic-
related issues, built in just 18 months. It was a culmination of work and community
collaboration these past 20 months that led to new companies, the growth of others and most
importantly the broad impacts of our Comeback KC Ventures fellows’ efforts to curb the impact
of the pandemic on the Kansas City region and beyond.

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5 Amazing COVID-19 Innovations Created in the Kansas City Area

When you think of the next medical device, vaccine or COVID-19 treatment, you might think of the Mayo Clinic, a lab in Boston or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but right here in the Kansas City region, we have cutting-edge labs and researchers working hard to address the pandemic.

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