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WeCreate-Capital: Equity
By Sarah Mote
August 06, 2015

The Equity Continuum: Jack and the Revenue Stalk [Infographic]

Kansas City has a proud tradition of economic and entrepreneurial success, spanning several generations. The community, however, has been slow to replace jobs lost during the recent Great Recession.

Where will we find these jobs? Young companies. 

Research by the Kauffman Foundation shows that of the 12 million new U.S. jobs added in 2007 alone, young firms (up to age five) were responsible for creating nearly 8 million of those jobs.

Fully leveraging and sustaining the emerging entrepreneurial movement is critical to increasing job growth in Kansas City.

That's why KCSourceLink gathered entrepreneurs, Resource Partners and community leaders to draft an action plan that will help bring critical dollars in loans, grants and equity to our entrepreneurs. 

Jack and the Revenue Stalk

Nurturing the growth of early-stage companies requires fertile soil, rich resources and, let's be frank, money. Young seedling companies with large market potential often turn to equity investors for capital. 

Here's how and where entrepreneurs seek the funds to turn their magic beans into fully sprouted businesses.

WeCreate-Capital: Equity
(Click to see the full infographic.)

Equity is just one part of the story.

To read the full report and action plan, visit and download the action plan. 

Infographic designed by Ayleen Bashir. You can view her portfolio on Behance

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