You build this city . . .

When you start a business or grow one, when you #ShopLocalKC, when you invest in a startup, when you connect an entrepreneur to a resource, when you reach out for help with your idea, when you provide training to a business owner—when you do any of those things, you help strengthen our economy and make Kansas City a great place to live, work and play.

Because when you choose KC, you create KC.

We Create KC is a series of ecosystem reports about Kansas City entrepreneurship. Through our jobs, capital and corporate engagement reports (and dashboards below), we are showing how, together, universities, investors, entrepreneurs, service providers and community leaders are shaping a stronger, brighter, more inclusive future for KC.

And these reports are also a call to action for the entire Kansas City community to step up, reach out and help advance entrepreneurship and innovation in Kansas City.

Because we are better when we are connected.

Click on the sections below to see more data about Kansas City entrepreneurship including: 

  • ENTREPRENEURS: how our KC doers, dreamers and job creators are using the entrepreneurship network to start and grow businesses

  • CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT: how corporations can support the startup ecosystem

  • JOBS: the economic contribution—number of jobs created and amount of wages—from KC startups

  • CAPITAL: the state of capital in KC and how the network is working together to improve access to capital

  • INNOVATION PIPELINE: the types of regional innovations that will define our future

  • KC WATCH LIST: a list of Kansas City companies to watch based on funding in 2018 and 2019

  • ECOSYSTEM REPORTS: how KC has improved access to resources and capital over the years and through various programs



Have questions about how you can get connected to KC entrepreneurship? Just give us a call at 816-235-6500.



Through the Entrepreneur Dashboard, KCSourceLink measures the vibrancy and vitality of KC's entrepreneurial ecosystem with these benchmarks.

Click on the icons below  to track Kansas City's progress on improving capital for entrepreneurs, increasing entrepreneurial density and connectivity and growing innovative ideas and talent right here at home.
Corporate Engagement

Corporate Engagement

How can corporations, universities and entrepreneurs better work together to advance KC entrepreneurship?

We Create Jobs | KCSourceLink Report on Job Contribution from KC Startups


How do KC entrepreneurs impact our economy?



Who funds KC companies and who gets funded?

Stem Workforce

Innovation Pipeline

Are we growing the ideas and talent to support high-growth entrepreneurship?

Kansas City Watch List of Startup and Small Businesses

KC Watch List

Which KC startups and companies
are receiving funding?

Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Reports

Ecosystem Reports

How is Kansas City progressing toward becoming
America's most entrepreneurial city? Download the reports
on jobs, capital, entrepreneurship, programs and more.


Kansas City is leaving millions of dollars on the table in federal and private funding that could fuel early-stage startups, create jobs and spur economic growth.

The good news: action steps to fill the gaps in the early-stage finance continuum are clear. Kansas City needs to strengthen the funding infrastructure, build the experience needed to pursue federal funding and connect investors with entrepreneurs and with other investors.

With We Create Capital, KCSourceLink has outlined a community action plan to help Kansas City build the capacity and the continuum to support early-stage entrepreneurship—a critical step toward making KC America’s most entrepreneurial city.

Download 2020's summary of We Create Capital or submit your information to receive a link to the full 2017 report and action plan. 

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