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Thinking Bigger Business Staff


ScaleUP! Kansas City announces ninth cohort

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…)

KC startup TicketRX acquired by global company

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.

The new brand, called ORDP Powered By TicketRX, will be managed by TicketRX founder and CEO Bryan Shannon. (more…)

Kauffman Foundation taps ECJC vice president

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…)

KC-hosted InvestMidwest Forum to feature 36 companies from 15 states

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…)

Angel investment group iiM funds $2.3M in animal health, ag-tech, human health

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…)

140+ companies apply to present at InvestMidwest Kansas City forum

More than 140 fast-growth startup companies from 19 states have applied to present their cases to prospective investors at the upcoming InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum in Kansas City.

The event will be March 19-20 at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, where companies will seek at least $1 million in funding.

InvestMidwest, which is honoring 20 years of introducing fast-growth businesses to prospective investors, will continue to offer early registration rates through March 1. (more…)

Digital Sandbox KC selects three new companies for funding

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…)

Women’s Business Center announces Launch U program

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…)


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