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Global Entrepreneurship Week Kansas City

Headline Events for Global Entrepreneurship Week Kansas City

Global Entrepreneurship Week Kansas City

Have you built your agenda for Global Entrepreneurship Week Kansas City yet? Do it now! There are 150+ events between November 13 – 17, separated into four tracks: makers and creators, youth entrepreneurship, business growth and business services.

This is the 10th anniversary of the weeklong celebration of everything entrepreneurship. Below are the headline events that are hosted at this year’s basecamp—Plexpod Westport Commons (unless a separate address is provided).

Scroll past the events to learn where you can pick up a hard copy of the GEWKC calendar at locations around Kansas City. You can pick one up at the KCSourceLink office: 4747 Troost, Ste. 123, Kansas City, Missouri, 64111 (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). But beware, we’ll probably make you pose for a photo and tag you on our socials.


GEW Kickoff Breakfast: The Future of the World
7:30 – 9 a.m.
Host: KC Chamber of Commerce and KCSourceLink

KC entrepreneurs have to solve big problems if we're going to be America's most entrepreneurial city. And KC's corporations have the knowledge and expertise of what's next in several key industries. Come explore the future!

Innovate or Perish: Fostering Innovation in Established Companies
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Host: CommunityAmerica Credit Union

CIO Anita Newton discusses how existing businesses can raise the success of corporate innovation and entrepreneurship by applying proven entrepreneurial disciplines of lean startup, customer development and business model generation.

NovelCity at GEW Kickoff
4 – 8 p.m.
Host: Novel City Chamber of Innovation

Join us for a unique artist showcase, NovelCity award presentation and our venture fund and Novel Cities Inclusion Initiative launch.

Show Me the Money! Successful Founders Share Their Trade Secrets
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Host: CommunityAmerica Credit Union

Everyone talks about sources of funding but what option is best? Business owners will discuss what they have employed to fund their business, from traditional financing to alternative financial options.


Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't with Verne Harnish
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Host: ScaleUpU Kansas City

What are the barriers to scaling?  What are the four key decisions driving growth?  Verne Harnish, author of Scaling Up, will share his insights.

Real-Time Marketing! with David Meerman Scott
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Host: ScaleUpU Kansas City

Today’s communications revolution presents growth opportunities. David Meerman Scott shows how the power of real-time marketing can work for you!

Made in the Midwest: Representing the Early Stage Funding Continuum
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Host: Flyover Capital and Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Hear from Midwest-founded venture capital firms as they offer their perspectives to increase the impact of interactions between investors and entrepreneurs.


Boost Your Business with Facebook's Chris Curtis
8:30 – 10 a.m.
Host: Morgan Miller Plumbing

Learn the up-to-date tools and best practices for achieving success on Facebook and Instagram. You will walk away with the resources you need!

AltCap Your Biz Competition: Winner Announcement and Happy Hour
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Host: AltCap, Mutual of Omaha, UMB Bank, Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Kansas City, EDC Loan Corporation

Learn which Kansas City business will take home the $10,000 grand prize and take their business to the next level.

Hack Your Ecosystem
5:30 – 9 p.m.
Host: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Join us for cocktails, food and fun as we “hack” the Kauffman Foundation ESHIP Playbook, a guide for serving entrepreneurial communities.


Protect Your Business
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Host: COUNTRY Financial

Learn about succession planning issues and how to handle the three risks each business faces: death, disability or retirement of an owner.

Entrepreneur's Journey Panel
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Host: ScaleUpU Kansas City

Local entrepreneurs take time to discuss entrepreneurship and building business ventures in Kansas City.

Celebrating Excellence in Entrepreneurship
4 – 6 p.m.
700 W 47th St, Suite 1100
Kansas City, MO 64112
Host: CBIZ

Join fellow entrepreneurs for a discussion about some of the most notable growth stories in 2017. Cocktails and appetizers provided.

GEWKC 10th Anniversary Reunion
5 – 7 p.m.
Host: KCSourceLink and PNC

Celebrate the growth of the entrepreneurial infrastructure in KC and the people who made it possible. The fun and festive event will feature local foodpreneurs and KC spirits for sampling. We have a lot to shout about since GEW started, with roots right here in KC.


Workshop by Scott Fritz
10 – 11 a.m.
Host: ScaleUpU Kansas City

Scott Fritz of GrowthConnect presents a workshop on setting up systems and best practices for youth entrepreneurship.

12 – 8 p.m.
Host: Novel City Chamber of Innovation

Join us for a showcase of multicultural entrepreneurs, the latest innovations, novel executives, mentors and thought leaders from various sectors.

I want a hard copy of the #GEWKC calendar . . . Now!

We’re updating this list as more calendars make it out into the wild. Here are a few places to pick one up now:

4747 Troost, Ste. 123
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

KC BizCare
1118 Oak St
Kansas City, Missouri 64106
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

KBH Automotive and Performance
6614 Kaw Dr
Kansas City, KS 66111
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Coworking locations around the KC metro

Credit & Homeownership Empowerment Services, Inc.
3125 Gillham Plaza
Kansas City, MO 64109
Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

More locations soon. Stay tuned.

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