Economic Development

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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Smart Gigabit Communities

On a foundation enabled by the Smart Gigabit Communities grant, we’re in the second year of a three-year program that’s built around two goals: building at least two gigabit apps per year, and establishing a Digital Town Square that connects next-generation network resources within the metro area to keep gigabit traffic local and between other gigabit communities.

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Digital Week / 1 Week KC

KC Digital Drive, the KC Coalition for Digital Inclusion (KCCDI), and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) have coordinated to host three complementary events focused on the digital future of cities. Digital Week will bring delegates and attendees from around the country for a focused week of learning and connecting in Kansas City. There are a mix of free and paid events with a variety of topics and target audiences, and we’ve included a number of opportunities for Kansas Citians to interact with our out-of-town attendees, to participate in Kansas City’s leadership role in these critical conversations.

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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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Plays

News

Comeback KC Ventures Announces Its First 7 Fellows

Kansas City innovators get support to accelerate KC’s comeback from COVID-19. Seven Kansas City tech startups have taken the leap to launch new technologies and startups in response to challenges posed by COVID-19 — and have received technical and financial assistance through Comeback KC Ventures.  These innovations were conceived after two years of the coronavirus […]

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Further Reading

Comeback KC Ventures Announces Its First 7 Fellows

Kansas City innovators get support to accelerate KC’s comeback from COVID-19. Seven Kansas City tech startups have taken the leap to launch new technologies and startups in response to challenges posed by COVID-19 — and have received technical and financial assistance through Comeback KC Ventures.  These innovations were conceived after two years of the coronavirus […]

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