Fifteen area entrepreneurs have primed their local companies for the next step of their expansion.
The group of local business owners has been selected as the ninth cohort of ScaleUP! Kansas City, a program that provides support for growth-oriented businesses.
ScaleUP! KC provides qualified companies with revenue of more than $150,000 to reach their expansion goals. The program is funded through a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and administered by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Innovation Center. (more…)
A Kansas City startup focused in the commercial trucking industry just announced its acquisition by an international company.
TicketRX, an innovative startup that provides legal support for traffic citations and violations, announced today that it will join forces with MSTS, a global payments and credit solutions provider based in Overland Park. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
OneKC for Women and the Enterprise Center in Johnson County announced that Melissa Roberts, vice president of strategy and economic development, will leave the ECJC executive team to take a position with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
“We are disappointed to see Melissa leave our team,” said Sherry Turner, founder of OneKC for Women. “But we are excited that she now has the opportunity to make a broader impact on the entrepreneurial ecosystem at Kauffman.” (more…)
Entrepreneurs representing 36 companies from 15 states–including five from the Kansas City area–will present their business cases to prospective investors at next month’s InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum in Kansas City.
The event, hosted at the Westin Kansas City from March 19-20, marks the 20th annual celebration of the forum. (more…)
An Emporia company raised $6.5 million in funding, some of it through local venture capital groups.
Green Dot Bioplastics closed its Series A Preferred Round led by Kansas City’s Fulcrum Global Capital, with participation by Innovations in Motion and Open Prairie through its Open Prairie Rural Opportunities Fund.(more…)
A local angel investment group has put more than $2 million into innovative health- and agriculture-related companies.
Innovation in Motion, launched in 2013, recently completed funding for nine early stage companies in the animal health, ag-tech and human health verticals with commitments to two additional companies, for a total investment of $2.37 million.(more…)
Digital Sandbox KC, a proof-of-concept program, wrapped up 2018 by adding three new companies selected for Sandbox project funding, including one from the Energy Sandbox, sponsored by Evergy Ventures (formerly GXP Investments).
“It’s hard to believe we finished our fifth year for the program and have provided project funding to 111 regional startups,” said Jeff Shackelford, executive director of Digital Sandbox KC. (more…)
The Kansas Small Business Development Center has announced a partnership with the Women’s Business Center and the KCK Chamber of Commerce to offer Launch U, a program to help entrepreneurs start and grow their business.
Classes will take place in Kansas City, Kan., at the KCK Chamber offices, 727 Minnesota Ave. Orientation dates are Jan. 28 and Feb. 11, and starting on Feb. 25, classes will take place on every Monday from 6-9 p.m. until April 15. (more…)