Making KC America's
Most Entrepreneurial City

We Create KC  and We Create Capital are projects of the KCSourceLink network


KCSourceLink has access to proprietary databases that allow us to track the entrepreneurial density of the Kansas City region—when young companies hire their first employees and what industries they represent.

KC’s entrepreneurs launch new businesses that create jobs and spark economic growth. On average, 4,400 KC-area startups hire their first employees each year. Startup is defined as first-time employers in the nine-county, Kansas City area who paid for unemployment insurance in Kansas or Missouri. 

The number of first-time employers has been consistent across industries, with “services, education, administration” ranking  highest. “Innovation-led” accounts for about 12.5 percent of the  startups in 2015. This includes a wide range of firms, including aerospace, architectural engineering, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, pharmaceutical/medicine production and scientific research. Health care services jumped after 2012 due in part to a change in industry classification from other services into health care services.

First-Time Employers by Industry

KCSourceLink Studies and Surveys

We also conduct primary research around a variety of issues concerning entrepreneurship community. Some are designed to provide insights into entrepreneurs; others can help guide planning and program delivery.

Venture Capital Due Diligence Survey

Investment Stages for KC Investors

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AIF Due Diligence Survey


Midwest Seed Financing Survey 2015


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Midwest Seed Finance Survey 2015 report
Investor Survey


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2016 Investor Survey
KC Funded Companies Survey


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Where Are They Now

Entrepreneur Dashboard Survey

Connectivity of Entrepreneurial Resources

Read the survey results: Entrepreneur Dashboard Report 2016
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, President And COO UMB Financial Corporation.