UMKC Innovation Center partners with the university and the community to spark and sustain entrepreneurial efforts within our region and across the country.

KCSourceLink connects KC entrepreneurs to the right resource at the right time.

MOSourceLink connects Missouri entrepreneurs to the right resource at the right time.

Whiteboard2Boardroom connects entrepreneurs and businesses to technologies available for licensing.

Digital Sandbox KC provides early-stage proof-of-concept support for digital products.

Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center provides technical assistance to startup and existing businesses.

ScaleUP! Kansas City helps businesses with revenues around $200K scale toward their first $1 million.

Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers helps local businesses obtain government contracts.

KCInvestED helps investors learn more about investing in KC startups.

SourceLink® helps communities nationwide build vibrant and vital entrepreneurial ecosystems.
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How (& Why) to Pitch to Digital Sandbox Kansas City (in 10 Easy Slides)

Digital Sandbox Kansas City provides proof-of-concept resources to support early-stage commercialization processes in the Kansas City area. As of February 2018, the Sandbox funded 65 projects, resulting in:

  • more than $1.9 million in project funding

    108 proof-of-concept projects funded

    more than 580 new jobs created with more than $14 million in payroll

    $50.8 million in follow-on funding

Each company that works with the Sandbox has a story that is just as compelling. They dominate KC's lists of Startups to Watch, top VC-backed companies, LaunchKC finalists, Techweek KC 100 list and more.

Here are a few more highlights:

  • ShotTracker, a wearable technology company specializing in basketball, closed a $5 million funding round that included high-profile investors, including basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson and former NBA commissioner David Stern.
  • Building on their viral success after being featured in a Tech Insider video, Mobility Designed continued to rake in the awards including the grand prize in the UPS X-post Challenge and a top 10 spot in the national Fueling the Growth with UberPITCH competition. 
  • Babir Sultan sold his company Royal Loyal, which created an app to encourage customer loyalty at convenience and retail stores to Prairie Fire Coffee out of Wichita, Kansas for an undisclosed amount

Sandbox companies can be located anywhere in the Kansas City area. Thanks to unique partnerships in the area, special consideration is given to projects in the energy sector and businesses located in Olathe, Kansas, and Independence, Missouri.

Admit it, you're intrigued and you want to know how to receive project funding from Digital Sandbox and get plugged into this amazing network. Here's the first step: complete a company profile. Second: give a pitch to the Sandbox evaluation team. 

Do you think you're up for the challenge? (Hint: you are.) To make sure you get the most out of your 10-minute pitch, we put together a little presentation that outlines just about everything you need to succeed. 

Digital Sandbox KC applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Get your application in sooner rather than later to receive extra special guidance from the Sandbox team. (They're really, really awesome.)

Best of luck! 

If you have a business that could use jumpstarting, but you don't think Digital Sandbox is quite the right fit, send us a little info here and we will be in touch ASAP with a personal action plan and the resources you need (capital, mentoring, business classes and much more) to take your business to the next level. 

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