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Global Entrepreneurship Week - KC Gets a New Location for 2019


Global Entrepreneurship Week - Kansas City, the metro’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship, has a new base camp for its 12th year. The weeklong event that draws thousands to network, learn and grow will be based in the 18th and Vine district in Kansas City, Missouri, Nov. 18-22.

“The opportunities and heritage associated with KC’s thriving 18th and Vine district makes it the perfect place to host the 100+ events and thousands of entrepreneurs who will across five days network, learn and grow,” says Jenny Miller, KCSourceLink network builder and chair of the GEWKC organizing committee. “It’s only fitting that we host the event in a neighborhood with a rich entrepreneurial history.”

A view looking east down 18th Street toward the GEM Theater, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, American Jazz Museum and other landmarks

The Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City will serve as the base camp, with other prominent locations in the 18th and Vine district also holding events.

“The 18th and Vine district has a rich culture of doers, dreamers and makers who have had an immense influence on Kansas City entrepreneurship, so we here at The Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City are honored to serve as the base camp for GEWKC 2019,” says Dr. Carmaletta Williams, executive director of the Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City. “We can’t wait to spur new ideas, new connections and innovations for the future in a place where that enterprising spirit still thrives today.”

Global Entrepreneurship Week is an international celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups and bring ideas to life. Founded in Kansas City by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 2008, the event has since expanded to more than 170 countries.

Among other changes to 2019’s five-day event is a new tech track. The GEWKC committee responded to attendee requests and created a track that’s designed for the unique demands of innovators and disruptors. This addition brings the total number of tracks to five:

  • Makers and Creators
  • Startups
  • Social Enterprises
  • Scalers
  • Tech

GEWKC is accepting events for the 2019 year until Aug. 18. We welcome event submissions for individual speakers, presenters, headliners, panels, workshops, competitions and more. Topics that focus on providing additional knowledge and skill-sharing with the community have the best chance to be selected.

More information about how to submit an event is on the GEWKC FAQ page. To submit an event, volunteer or sponsor Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kansas City, visit the GEWKC website. For more details about submitting events for GEWKC, visit our detailed explainer.


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