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Kauffman Foundation announced $1.435 grant to Pipeline

Gooooalll!! Kauffman Foundation Announces Second PIPELINE Challenge Grant

Pipeline Big News Announcement from PIPELINE on Vimeo.

It may not be the World Cup goal you were hoping for this afternoon, but Pipeline has scored another decisive goal for our region’s entrepreneurs.

Thursday morning, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced it will provide another three-year challenge grant of up to $1.435 million to help Pipeline extend and improve its programming.

Hoots, hollers and high fives abound over here at KCSourceLink. Pipeline is one of the 200+ Resource Partners in the KCSourceLink network that are helping make Kansas City America’s most entrepreneurial city.

“The Kauffman Foundation continues to show its strong commitment to Kansas City and our entrepreneurial success,” says Maria Meyers, director of the UMKC Innovation Center and founder of KCSourceLink. “It’s a great partnership and a great resource for Kansas City.”

“I think it’s fabulous,” echoes Jeff Shackelford, director of Digital Sandbox KC, a program of KCSourceLink that supports early stage entrepreneurs. “Pipeline continues to be a driving force in helping later stage entrepreneurs continue to grow and expand.”

> Learn more about the Kauffman Foundation’s challenge grant and how you can engage with Pipeline entrepreneurs.

> Jump the joy line and apply to Pipeline.

About Pipeline

Since its inception in 2006, Pipeline has emerged as the Midwest’s premier organization for successful, fast-growing entrepreneurs.  Pipeline operates as an entrepreneurial fellowship that identifies, trains, mentors and connects the highest potential, high-growth entrepreneurs.

Once admitted into the program, Pipeline Fellows learn while doing and learn in the company of their peers who are building high-growth companies as well. Upon graduation from the year-long fellowship, the entrepreneurs then join as full members to continue working with Pipeline (and each other) as they continue to face challenges and opportunities in their growth.

Over the next few months, Pipeline leadership will work with its entrepreneurs, national advisors and mentors to determine best practices for the enhanced Pipeline Member programming. In addition, Pipeline will be working with its regional partners to once again determine the regional boundaries for the upcoming three years to see if the boundaries will expand beyond the current borders.

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