On Your Marks, Get Set . . . LaunchKC!
LaunchKC, the global grants competition led by the Downtown Council of Kansas City, is ready to give 10 (ten) $50,000 grants to the best and brightest Kansas City entrepreneurs and their shiny business models.
Are you one of them?
(If you can sound your "yes" with certainty, head over and apply now. Deadline is July 2, but you should go ahead and get that in early to avoid the crowds. For the rest of you, details!)
What is LaunchKC?
LaunchKC is . . . a business model grants competition for tech entrepreneurs to apply and compete for one of 10 (ten) $50,000 grants and a leg up in growing their business enterprises in Kansas City, Missouri.
LaunchKC is . . . an initiative of the Downtown Council of Kansas City, Missouri, working in partnership with the Economic Development Corporation. It stems from Mayor Sly James; bi-state innovation initiative that was established in 2013.
LaunchKC is . . . a nonprofit, civic engine in the Kansas City tech scene. It is fueled by visionary investments from the public, private and philanthropic communities, and maintained by a broad base of collaborators in the entrepreneurial and technology space.
But the bottom line is this. LaunchKC will:
- · Grow jobs and build new businesses in Kansas City, Missouri
- · Engage venture capitalists and equity investors in the tech scene of Kansas City
- · Elevate Kansas City’s brand as an innovation center across the country
- · Serve as an engine for regional and national tech talent recruitment
And now for the really good stuff . . .
How do you apply for a LaunchKC grant?
The grants application window is open now and closes on July 2, 2015. After an extended application review process, the eventual grant recipients will be selected by a LaunchKC judging panel consisting of Kansas City business leaders and national venture capitalists at Techweek Kansas City on Sept. 18, 2015.
LaunchKC will search far and wide to identify innovative entrepreneurs – the ‘real drivers,’ like mid-career professionals with expertise in existing industries to be uniquely qualified to spin off new businesses. Several hundred applications are expected to be filed during the 90-day application window.
LaunchKC will focus on high-growth potential businesses in scalable, vertical sectors – such as Big Data via Advanced Manufacturing, AgTech, Animal Health, Data Analytics, EdTech, FinTech, HealthTech, Mobile Tech, Cloud Services and Real Estate Tech – where KC has considerable depth and expertise to aid in welcoming and support the new startups.
What do you get?
- Each eventual grant recipient will receive
a $50,000 non-dilutive grant and a web of support, including 12 months of free office space in downtown Kansas City
- industry-specific mentor teams
- opportunities to meet and learn from industry and entrepreneurial leaders in and around Kansas City
All of this designed to elevate efforts to build high-growth, tech sector businesses and jobs in Downtown Kansas City.
Apply now (or later, but click to get more intel).