What is LaunchKC?

LaunchKC is a nonprofit, civic engine for the Kansas City tech scene. Beginning in 2015, LaunchKC will introduce a national business model competition that will award $50,000 non-dilutive grants to 10 early stage entrepreneurs and their tech ventures in order to attract and build high-growth, I.T. sector businesses and jobs in Downtown KC. Our mission is to continue the momentum of our entrepreneurial ecosystem in Downtown through investing in scalable, vertical sectors where Kansas City already has considerable expertise, such as Advanced Manufacturing, Animal Health, Cloud Services, Data Analytics, EdTech, FinTech, HealthTech, Mobile and Real Estate Tech.

What will finalists receive?

LaunchKC is a startup accelerator that will award $50,000 grants to early stage entrepreneurs and their tech ventures to attract and build high-growth, I.T. sector businesses and jobs. LaunchKC will invest in the startups financially and through personal and group opportunities with mentors, entrepreneurs, investors, legal experts, venture capitalists and investment bankers. Each finalist will receive the following:

$50,000 Cash Grants

Collaborative Office Space

Industry Specific Mentor Groups

Professional Services

Connecting with Industry Leaders

Who should apply?

We are looking for innovative, high growth, early stage ventures with national or international sales potential. LaunchKC will focus on scalable, vertical sectors such as Animal Health, Big Data, FinTech, HealthTech, Life Sciences, Mobile, Cloud Services and Advanced Manufacturing – areas where Kansas City already has considerable expertise. We will search locally and nationally to identify innovative entrepreneurs who are willing to relocate their startup to Kansas City. Moving your business to Kansas City is a prerequisite for receiving the grant.

Advanced Manufacturing


Animal Health

Cloud Services

Data Analytics




Mobile Technology

Real Estate Tech

How do you apply?

  • Step 1

    Complete the application form here. (Applications will open March 31, 2015)

  • Step 2

    When you find out that you’ve reached the second round, we’ll send you a link to the second round form. Here, we will be asking for more detailed information about you and your business.

  • Step 3

    We will invite 20 – 30 companies to come to Kansas City to give their final pitch to a panel of expert judges. Ten winning entrepreneurs will be selected from this group to receive $50,000 grants and a bundle of free support services. 

  • Step 4

    We will announce our ten winners and invite them to begin our program in Kansas City, Missouri.

TechWeek KC

With events in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Miami, Techweek plans to bring its signature approach to celebrating unique innovation ecosystems and high-energy format to Kansas City. The first annual Techweek Kansas City event will feature:

High-Profile Speakers: Influential leaders and influencers in technology will cover topics including innovation, entrepreneurship, trends, and more as it relates to both the KC technology community and beyond.

Startup LAUNCH Competition: In partnership with LaunchKC and its grants competition, the Startup LAUNCH Competition will feature Kansas City’s most promising young entrepreneurs who will compete for $50,000 in non-dilutive grants.

Hiring Fair: Whether searching for a new, exciting role or looking to bring an idea to fruition, the Hiring Fair is all about matching talented candidates with the right jobs.

Hackathon: The Techweek Kansas City Hackathon will be a one-day marathon filled with innovation and development. Talented developers, designers, and entrepreneurs will participate in an all-day frenzy of fun, camaraderie, and coding.

FashionTECH Runway Show: The latest in wearables will bring the intersection of technology and fashion front-and-center at the FashionTECH Runway Show.

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