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Welcome to the We Create Capital Dashboard!

KCSourceLink tracks the flow of equity capital and grants into Kansas City companies—because we know that startup and early-stage companies need capital to fuel growth.

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However, studies in 2012 suggest that Kansas City lacked that capital. Published in June 2015, We Create Capital 2015 provided a clearer picture of the funding landscape for emerging and growth businesses in the Kansas City region and an action plan to address the gaps.

Since then, individuals and organizations across the Kansas City region have rallied to improve access to capital for area entrepreneurs.

The data below demonstrates how capital is being deployed in the Kansas City metro area. This interactive dashboard shows investment by location, industry and size of investment. You can use the filters at the top—total dollars invested, number of businesses that received investment and number of investments—separately or in concert to gather deeper insights into Kansas City's capital landscape.

The history chart reflects the various numbers/amounts for the past five years.

As the instructions explain, you can select any data point on the dashboard to filter the rest of the reports. For example, clicking on the outline of the state of Kansas on the left will filter the Sector, Investment Size and History report to only include Kansas information. Additionally, you can select an Industry to see investments in that industry geographically or historically. Reports only reflect the last selection.

Data for these charts was pulled from various public sources and private databases, such as CB Insights and PitchBook, as well as local media outlets and entrepreneur-reported figures. Numbers reported here are based on all known data as of Dec. 31, 2020.

We invite you to play with the dashboard and, of course, let us know what you think.

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KC Investment Continuum

Early-stage grant programs and equity investments pressurize the pipeline for later investment. The community must support these early-stage funders in KC’s capital continuum if our companies are to survive the “valley of death” and achieve ultimate economic impact.

KCSourceLink and our network of 250+ service providers have worked to create a continuum of resources to support entrepreneurs, from early-stage through growth and expansion. 

The two charts below illustrate what the investment continuum looked like before 2013 and how it has grown today into an infrastructure that supports ideas, innovations and startups all along their paths.

Kansas City Investment Continuum before 2013 | KCSourceLink
We Create Capital Kansas City Investment Continuum: KCSourceLink

Value of Equity Investments Is on the Rise

You can track the history, size of deals, value of deals, industry-focus and regional distribution of investments in the Tableau chart above.

Pulling out one data point of interest, the total value of equity investments and grants in 2019 was $566 billion, compared to $350 billion in 2018 (not including IPOs). The number of deals was similar, 110 in 2019 vs 112 in 2018.  

Value of Investments in Startups | KCSourceLink

Resources Are Important to Companies Raising Capital

KCSourceLink connects entrepreneurs and small business owners to a network of 240+ resources. Having access to the expertise of those business-building resources matters, especially when seeking funding.

Overall, 75 percent of the companies who raised investment or won grants received assistance from local entrepreneurial support organizations. For companies that raised less than $100,000, the percentage that receive assistance from a Resource Partner in the KCSourceLink network was even higher: 85 percent. 

Kansas City startups that receive early program support tend to receive funding | KCSourceLink

KC Ranks in the Middle Peer Cities for Capital Investments

Compared to other peer cities, Kansas City ranked 7 out of 15 peer cities in terms of value of equity investments, but continued to rank near the bottom (14 out of 15) in the number of deals.

The ranking suggests Kansas City still has a long way to go to increase access to capital for early-stage companies. Many investments go unreported.

(Note: This chart compares only investments captured by CBInsights; actual total investments in Kansas City are higher because investments are tracked from various public and private sources.)

Startup equity investment, peer cities by value of deals | KCSourceLink
Startup Equity Investments, Peer Cities by Comparison, Number of Deals | KCSourceLink

Local Investors Are Stepping Up

Local investors are stepping up, with 26 of 29 under $100K investments from local investors where the geography of investor was known. Three local investors were involved in $10+ million deals.

Investors by Geography | KCSourceLink
Kansas City is rapidly becoming known nationally as a hot bed of entrepreneurial activity as risk takers are finding Kansas City a welcoming and supportive community. Kansas City is building America's strongest and most comprehensive entrepreneurial ecosystem.

—Peter J. Desilva, Former President And COO UMB Financial Corporation.