Entrepreneurs in Action

KC Area Startup Ronawk Has an Innovation That Could Change Biotech

The story of Overland Park, Kansas-based biotechnology startup Ronawk began almost a decade ago when A.J. Mellott and Heather Decker found themselves held back by the tedious process of culturing cells manually.    “I got really frustrated with the process, and in that frustration, I had this sort of eureka moment of, ‘If...

Read more...
Digital Sandbox Q4 2023 awardees

Digital Sandbox KC Funds 9 Startups, Accelerating Technology, Health Care Innovations

Digital Sandbox KC has announced it has accepted nine new startups into its program. These diverse startups will receive crucial support, mentorship and up to $20,000 in project funding to accelerate their innovative projects.   The chosen companies span various industries, from revolutionary aerospace-grade 3D printing technology to AI-driven solutions for...

Read more...
The SaRA Health team

See How KC Tech Startup SaRA Health is Transforming Physical Therapy

Digital health startup SaRA Health was born out of a simple yet profound idea – improving patient experiences in physical therapy.   The company’s co-founder and CEO Steven Coen, who himself was a frustrated patient, had received exceptional care from his physical therapists but felt a lack of continuity between visits. This led...

Read more...
Mindy Rocha of CJ Industries LLC

From Toiling in the Basement to Helping Build the KC Airport: See How This Construction Entrepreneur Did It

Mindy Rocha’s dad and grandfather were pipefitters by trade. When she was in her early teens, her dad started his own business in their basement. Like many ventures, it was a family affair. “I did my first quote letter at 13,” Mindy says. “My love for my dad became a love...

Read more...
Content creator Kasim Hardaway shows off some tasty grub.

How to Be an Influencer and Content Creator, According to 6 Pros Who Made It Their Career

If you’re wondering about how to be an influencer or content creator, we built this blog to show you how to successfully pursue this form of entrepreneurship. With time, effort and the right strategies, you can build a successful business around writing blogs and newsletters, producing videos, hosting podcasts, live...

Read more...
Routine Success co-founders Conor Kelly (left) and Matt Gunter (right).

This KC Startup is on a Journey to Support People on the Autism Spectrum

Kansas City, Missouri-based startup Routine Success was conceived in 2016, with a focus on helping neurodiverse children thrive in both home and school environments. The idea was simple but powerful: establish routines that provide structure and guidance, making it easier for individuals on the autism spectrum to navigate their...

Read more...
A pawn chess piece wears a crown

Meet the 10 Businesses Competing for $40,000 in Prizes at the 2023 AltCap Your Biz Pitch Competition

AltCap has announced the 10 finalists for its annual AltCap you Biz Pitch Competition taking place at this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week – Kansas City. These 10 businesses will deliver live pitches on Nov. 16 at Plexpod Westport at Park 39 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week – Kansas City for a...

Read more...
Dr. Shelley Cooper of Diversity Telehealth, Brandy Archie of AskSAMIE and Jackie Nguyen Cafe Cà Phê display their awards at funding competitions.

15 Top Business Pitch Tips from KC Entrepreneurs Who Got Funded

Pitching your business is like crafting the perfect story. It's an art that requires finesse, authenticity and a deep understanding of your audience. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting your journey as a small business owner, the ability to pitch your business effectively can make or break your...

Read more...
Carolina and Pedro Morales of Quality Framing and Art in Mission, Kansas

How a Master Framer Grew a Thriving Kansas City Business from a Garage

Quality Framing & Art started out like many successful ventures: in a garage. “That time in the garage was crucial for us,” says Pedro Morales, owner of the Mission, Kansas, based business. It was that time in the garage when Pedro and his wife, Carolina Rodriguez, connected with the Kansas City-area...

Read more...