About Us

Igniting KC’s entrepreneurial spirit since 2014

Who We Are

Each year, we invest $500,000 in Pre-Seed and Seed Stage companies that relocate to Downtown Kansas City, Missouri through our grants competition. Founded in 2014, LaunchKC is a nonprofit initiative of the Downtown Council and the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri.

Mission Statement

To attract and retain high-growth tech startups to Downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

Vision Statement

To make Kansas City, and more specifically, Downtown Kansas City, a place the world’s most innovative startups want to call home by providing best-in-class resources to founders, a talented workforce, and a passionate community that supports entrepreneurs.

Our Team
Becca Castro

Becca Castro

Strategic Initiatives Manager


Jim Erickson

Jim Erickson

Director of Strategic Initiatives


Tommy Wilson

Tommy Wilson

Director of Business Recruitment


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