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Global Entrepreneurship Week Kansas City

GEWKC Announces Its First Round of Headline Events

Submit an Event for Global Entrepreneurship Week Kansas City

Pencil it in: November is the time to get connected, get inspired and  transform your Kansas City business.

Yes, we know it’s only August, but the organizers of Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 13-17, 2017) already have big plans—and big headline events—in the works.

If you hail from Kansas City, you know KC is known for going all out for entrepreneurship. Events are already rolling in for #GEWKC from makers, creators, service providers, and thought leaders, including the first three headline events.

(FOMO? Don’t. Submit your event by Aug. 18).

Drum roll please…

Verne Harnish David Meerman Scott Global Entrepreneurship Week Kansas City

Verne Harnish & David Meerman Scott

Many startup…but few scaleup.  Yet it’s the scaleups that drive innovation and jobs. So what are the barriers to scaling?  What are the key decisions driving growth? That's what Verne, the founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company, is going to tell you.

Then David Meerman Scott, an internationally acclaimed strategist, will take the stage to tell you about real-time marketing. Gone are the days of planning marketing and public relations programs to suit a business’ timetable. It’s a real-time world now — if businesses aren’t engaged, they’re opening doors for their competition. Today’s communications revolution, where marketing takes place all around us all the time, presents tremendous growth opportunities for those who know how to tap this once-in-a-millennium transformation.

Are you ready to be transformed?

Alt Cap Your Business Competition Global Entrepreneurship Week

AltCap Your Business Competition

See how your best business pitch stacks up to other small businesses in Kansas City, Missouri.  Winners receive a cash award as well as access to technical assistance resources and peer-to-peer business development mentoring.

AltCap Your Business Competition supports and promotes existing businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs as it creates more awareness about local technical assistance resources, peer-to-peer business development advising and access to capital. The pitch competition will award three finalists with a scholarship award toward AltCap’s Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO) 16-Week Workshop and cash prizes.. In addition, AltCap will work with the first place winner to assist in finding either office/coworking or retail space and free business consulting services.

The competition is open to any for-profit business owner or entrepreneur residing in or doing business in Kansas City, Missouri, who is ready to start operations within six months and have annual revenues of $20,000 or less. Applications are accepted starting Aug. 18, 2017.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Kansas City

#GEWKC Tenth Anniversary Celebration

Kansas City helped kick off #GEW ten years ago. Now, more than 170 countries celebrate #GEW. Kansas City’s entrepreneurial infrastructure has also grown tremendously during that time, so much so that we think it time to throw a party! Join us to say thank you to the community that has made this movement possible.

Join the #GEWKC Lineup

Have insights you could lend to Kansas City’s makers, next gen entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses? GEWKC is crowdsourcing events this year, and they want yours. Submit your event or sponsor by Aug. 18, 2017, at

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