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By Jenny Miller
November 16, 2016

Making Kansas City America's Most Entrepreneurial City: A Progress Report

making kansas city america's most entrepreneurial city

Just this past September, KCSourceLink hosted a focus group via roundtable discussions to look at Kansas City's progress toward becoming America’s most entrepreneurial city. Participants included entrepreneurs from all industries and backgrounds, community leaders and entrepreneurial support organizations.

After analyzing the data, here are my six takeaways:

  1. Access to support resources is the most critical element to an entrepreneurial ecosystem followed closely by access to capital.

  2. Resources are abundant for startups; however, lacking for growth-oriented firms and emerging businesses.

  3. The community supports the entrepreneurial ecosystem through sustained and intentional efforts to nurture the ecosystem and its willingness to help, network and connect.

  4. We’ve made progress improving access to networked capital; however, there’s still work to do.

  5. There are too few people of color in our ecosystem and subsystems. 

  6. There needs to be a more structured system to allow entrepreneurs and small business to work with corporations.

Participants felt there was still a strong network of resources available to help businesses and that we were much better now than three years ago at telling the story of entrepreneurship.

Read the full notes from the focus group here—and let us know what you think at

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