The Resources. Kansas City has created a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem with long-term potential. Local startups have access to cutting-edge technology like Google Fiber (@GoogleFiber), showcase events like Launch KC (@LaunchKC), accelerator programs like Think Big Partners (@ThinkBigKC), numerous angel capital groups, and networking programs like 1 Million Cups (@1MillionCupsKC). The city is also home to the Kauffman Foundation (@KauffmanFDN), one of the world’s leading centers for entrepreneurial research and support.
The Community. Whether you’re looking for mentors, peer groups, strategic partners or service providers, it isn’t as hard to get people’s attention in Kansas City. As a big city with small-town feel, KC is full of accessible people and organizations dedicated to helping new and growing businesses succeed (many of which come at little or no cost). Micro-communities like Kansas City Startup Village (@KCSV) can also help new entrepreneurs assimilate at get connected.
The Lifestyle. Kansas City is fun, friendly, and full of festivities. Whether you are looking for an internationally renowned blues honky tonk, an alt country outdoor venue, or a world class performing arts center, you can find it all in Kansas City – the birthplace of bebop jazz. KC also enjoys a significantly lower cost of living (and working) than any comparable city, short commutes, and a resurgent downtown and crossroads arts district. Local entrepreneurs set up shop surrounded by art museums and galleries (big and small), three major-league sports franchises, and the best barbeque in the country. As Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications have recognized, KC has developed a “cool vibe” that makes it a great place to live, work and play – and even more so when the streetcar starts running next summer!
The Talent. KC is home to companies such as Cerner, Garmin, JE Dunn, Black & Veatch, and many other industry leaders who consistently attract high-level talent from across the country and from the many nearby colleges and universities. The city’s deep, tech-savvy talent pool provides a long list of job candidates for growing companies.
With so many unique advantages to offer, it’s no wonder the nation’s top technology conference, @TechweekKC, chose Kansas City as its newest stop.