See Where Base Camp Is for Global Entrepreneurship Week – Kansas City 2023

Global Entrepreneurship Week - Kansas City participants pose for a photo

See Where Base Camp Is for Global Entrepreneurship Week – Kansas City 2023

KCSourceLink has announced that Global Entrepreneurship Week – Kansas City, the metro’s largest educational entrepreneurship event, has a new base camp for its 16th year. The multiday event that draws thousands to network, learn and grow will have its main sessions at Plexpod Westport Commons in Kansas City, Missouri, from Nov. 15-17.

“From North Kansas City, Missouri, to 18th and Vine, we locate our GEWKC base camps in vibrant communities with strong entrepreneurial energy, and we’re happy to return to Midtown Kansas City, Missouri, with a single, centralized location, making GEWKC more accessible for everyone,” says Michael Carmona, senior director of KCSourceLink. “We’re excited to spur new ideas and new connections and spark the next innovations for the event’s 16th year.”

KCSourceLink organizes GEWKC each year with input from the community and sessions crowdsourced from entrepreneurs, service providers, policymakers and champions of entrepreneurship.

Plexpod Westport Commons in Midtown Kansas City, MissouriPlexpod Westport Commons at 300 E 39th St. in Kansas City, Missouri, is base camp for 2023, where the main GEWKC sessions will be held. Plexpod is a progressive coworking platform offering next-generation workspace and bookable spaces for companies of all sizes.

“The entire Plexpod team is very excited to, once again, host GEWKC,” says Gerald Smith, Plexpod’s founder and CEO. “We seek to elevate and help entrepreneurs every day and are proud to invite the regional entrepreneurial community into our space to educate the doers, dreamers and makers that fuel our communities. We look forward to welcoming the Kansas City entrepreneurial community to Plexpod Westport Commons in November.”

Past base camps have been held in the 18th and Vine District in Kansas City, Missouri, and in at multiple locations in downtown North Kansas City, Missouri, two other thriving entrepreneurial hubs that have been historic hotbeds of arts, community and culture.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is an international celebration of the dreamers, innovators and job creators who launch startups, bring ideas to life and advance entrepreneurship. Founded in Kansas City by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 2008, the event has since expanded to more than 170 countries. The event, organized each year by KCSourceLink, is driven by the input of the community and features crowdsourced sessions from entrepreneurs, policymakers, small-business advocates and anyone else who is interested in entrepreneurship.

GEWKC sessions will fit into three tracks, created by the planning committee in response to past attendee requests:

  • Startups
  • Scalers
  • Marketing

For those who want to host a session, GEWKC will start to accept session submissions in late July 2023 at Sessions can include individual speakers, presenters, headliners, panels, workshops, competitions and more. Attendees can build their agendas and register in October. GEWKC is 100% free and open to anyone.

If you would like to learn more about what the GEWKC planning committee is looking for when it selects sessions for base camp, attend “How to Apply and Host a GEWKC Session” 9-10 a.m. Aug. 4 or 3:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 10.

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