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Applications now open for ScaleUP! KC entrepreneurial course

ScaleUp! Kansas City is now accepting applications for the eighth installment of its intensive four-month course that empowers entrepreneurs to transition from running their business to growing it.

The competitive and free opportunity will accept up to 15 area entrepreneurs into the course, providing education on forecasting revenue and expenses, maintaining and growing their teams, and scaling their business. Additionally, expert business coaches will provide insight from their own start-up experiences.

“For those selected for the program, their eyes open to all the possibilities. They’ll not only learn from expert coaches, guest speakers and their ScaleUP! KC peers, but they’ll get invaluable personal advice on how to scale their business,” said Jill Hathaway, a ScaleUP! KC business coach and business development consultant with the UMKC Small Business and Technology Development Center.

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Lead a company that has been in business for at least 2 years and has at least 2 employees
  • Generate annual sales in excess of $200K
  • Have a strong market that can generate more than $1 million in sales
  • Strive to drive their business to greater heights

The eighth cohort, as classes are defined, will join more than 100 local entrepreneurs who have attended the ScaleUP! KC program, welcoming them into a dedicated network of peers from the tech sector, manufacturing, service industries and other areas of business. ScaleUP! KC is funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and administered by the UMKC Innovation Center.

“ScaleUP! Kansas City continues to fill a key and vital gap in our entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Jill Meyer, program director of ScaleUP! KC. “Building a business is hard and lonely work, and business owners spend a lot of time working IN their businesses, but rarely have the time or resources to work ON their businesses. ScaleUP! KC gives them that perspective and gives us a chance to provide mentoring and training to these businesses that are so key to our economic growth.”

Applications can be found at and will be accepted through July 8. The eighth cohort will launch in August 2018.

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