LaunchKC Global Grants Competition 2018 for tech startups (Up to $100,000 in funding)

LaunchKC Global Grants Competition 2018 for tech startupsLaunchKC 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
  • 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!


Update Applications: 02-Apr-2018 08:00 AM to 11-Jul-2018 11:59 PM
Judging: 20-Jul-2018 08:27 AM to 20-Oct-2018 08:27 AM

Note: Times are in CDT (-0500)


For more information,please visit contact Mike Hurd, marketing officer for the Downtown Council and LaunchKC at or 816-447-2136.

LaunchKC 2017 kickoff



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