What is LaunchKC?

LaunchKC is a civic engine for the Kansas City tech scene. It will begin accepting applications on March 31 to a national business model competition that will conclude in September with up to 10 grant recipients receiving $50,000 cash awards. Why? To attract and build high-growth, tech sector startup businesses in Downtown KC. The first class of LaunchKC grants recipients will be selected at the first annual Techweek Kansas City conference and festival.

What will finalists receive?

LaunchKC will invest in entrepreneurs and their tech startups financially via $50,000 grants and one year of free office space, along with personal and group interactions 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?

LaunchKC is seeking high growth, early stage ventures with national or international sales potential. LaunchKC will focus on scalable, vertical sectors where Kansas City already has considerable expertise. We will search locally and nationally to identify innovative entrepreneurs who are willing to relocate their startups to Kansas City.

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 up to 20 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 up to ten winners and invite them to begin our program in Kansas City, Missouri.

Techweek KC

Techweek will 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 in technology will cover topics including innovation, entrepreneurship, trends, and more.

Startup LAUNCH Competition: The Startup LAUNCH Competition will feature promising entrepreneurs who will compete for $50,000 in non-dilutive grants.

Hiring Fair: The Hiring Fair is all about matching talented candidates with the right jobs.

Hackathon: The Hackathon will be a one-day marathon filled with innovation and development.

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

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