LaunchKC is an economic game-changer in Kansas City, Missouri by supporting start-up businesses, creating jobs, attracting talent, unlocking value and engaging follow-on investors. LaunchKC is an initiative of the Downtown Council of Kansas City, Missouri, in collaboration with the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri. Now in its third year as a global grants competition for tech startups, LaunchKC attracts hundreds of entrepreneurs each year to apply and compete for $500,000 in grants, and the opportunity to build their businesses in Downtown KC.
LaunchKC searches for innovative technologies, products, or services, wrapped within scalable for-profit business models with the potential to make a national or international impact.
Preference will be given to companies that are beyond idea stage and demonstrate that the grant money and support services have a meaningful impact on company growth.
LaunchKC focuses on entrepreneurs who are already located in Kansas City OR are willing to relocate here. Basing your business in Kansas City is a requirement for receiving the grant.
Requirements to receive a grant
LaunchKC grant recipients must fulfill the following requirements as participants of the program; locate headquarters or significant operations within Kansas City, Missouri for at least one year, provide data on jobs created, revenue generated, and follow-on capital to LaunchKC staff, track and report expenditures of the grant, provide service to or on behalf of LaunchKC for an average of 8 hours per quarter for one year and participate in program events coordinated by LaunchKC
Areas of focus
LaunchKC has funded startups in the following areas:
- Advanced manufacturing
- AG Tech
- Animal health
- Cloud services
- Data analytics
- ED Tech
- Fin Tech
- Health Tech
- Mobile Tech
LaunchKC grant recipients receive the following benefits; a $50,000 or $100,000 equity free cash grant, pro-bono services in essential business areas, access to venture capital networks, educational programming and inclusion into a community of innovative entrepreneurs
Competition Countdown for 2018
- April 2 – Application window opens at www.launchkc.org
- July 11 – Application window closes at midnight
- July to September – Panel of expert judges to review applications and narrow list of contenders to 20 finalists by early September
- Week of October 8-12 – LaunchKC finalists will be featured throughout the fourth Techweek Kansas City conference
- October 12 – Selection of 10 grant recipients on LaunchKC Day during the final day of Techweek!
- Judging: 20-Jul-2018 08:27 AM to 20-Oct-2018 08:27 AM
Note: Times are in CDT (-0500)
LaunchKC 2017 kickoff