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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.

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AltCap Your Biz Pitch Competition

Here's How You Can Apply for the AltCap Your Biz Pitch Competition during Global Entrepreneurship Week

Calling all dreamers, Heartland visionaries and entrepreneurial idealists: Entrepreneurs and business owners in Kansas and Missouri can now enter the AltCap Your Biz: Pitch Competition

In its seventh year, the contest gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their best business ideas and compete to win the first-place award of $25,000.

The AltCap Your Biz: Pitch Competition mobilizes the next generation of entrepreneurs and social innovators and helps accelerate their growth. Past winners include Cafe Cà Phê, AccessAble Living, Rightfully Sewn and Maker Village. 2022 winners will be announced during the Closing the Deal live pitch event at Global Entrepreneurship Week - Kansas City.

The contest is open to any business owner or entrepreneur who meets the following criteria:

  • Entrepreneurs or owners of an existing business with annual revenue of less than $250,000 or entrepreneurs who are ready to start operations within six months of the competition.

  • Entrepreneurs with a business registered in Missouri or Kansas.

  • A for-profit business; nonprofits or 501c3 organizations are not eligible to apply.

  • Able to attend (in person) the Closing the Deal event during Global Entrepreneurship Week - Kansas City.

  • Prior competition winners are not eligible to apply.

To apply, download the 2022 AltCap Your Biz Packet and review the document in full. Eligible applicants should submit an application and post a pitch video per the contest guidelines. 

Pitch videos and applications are due 5 p.m. CT Oct. 9, 2022. Finalists will be notified by Oct. 19. 

Have questions? Reach out to Stephen Latson, director of business development, at 816-560-4561 or


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