LaunchKC is a grants competition and studio platform that leverages grants, as well as creates new opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs, and the tech ecosystem of Kansas City. Its bottom line is to attract scalable companies to create more jobs and opportunities while growing the local economy. LaunchKC is an initiative of the Downtown Council and the Economic Development Corporation both of Kansas City, Missouri.
Social Venture Studio
Our Social Venture Studio is a six-month program that helps social entrepreneurs grow their business and increase their community impact.
Kansas City Social Venture Studio is a six-month program that is custom designed for social entrepreneurs to grow their business and increase their community impact. The program offers a variety of benefits and opportunities that are designed to meet entrepreneurs at their unique stage of growth.
LaunchKC will search locally and nationwide for innovative, diverse early-stage startups looking to take their business to the next level. Our grants competition will award 10 innovative, scalable, and job-creating startups with $50,000 non-dilutive grants.
Brush Creek Partners, the technology-focused insurance agency, aims to select agency-focused technology companies, and open pathways for access to clients, mentors, and investors who can help them quickly grow and scale their companies.
Since 2015, LaunchKC has invested more than $3 million dollars in cash grants to attract or retain 86 tech startups to Kansas City. Our portfolio of companies and their economic impact on the Kansas City community is displayed below.
- New Patents4Source: CB Insights
- New FTEs Hired373Source: CB Insights
- Increase in Average Salary$36,216Source: CB Insights
- Increase in Payroll$10,714,102Source: CB Insights
- Increase in Cumulative Sales$11,762,589Source: CB Insights
- Increase in Cumulative Follow-On Funding$34,051,467Source: CB Insights
- Increase in Cumulative Investment$100,959,750Source: CB Insights
Founded in 2014, LaunchKC is a nonprofit initiative of the Downtown Council and the Economic Development Corporation both of Kansas City, Missouri. LaunchKC aims to make Kansas City, and more specifically, Downtown Kansas City, a place where innovative startups want to call home by providing best-in-class resources to founders, a talented workforce, and a passionate community that supports entrepreneurs.