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University Of Missouri, Kansas City

Location

Kansas City, MO

Project Name

Comeback KC Ventures: SPRINTing to COVID Solutions in the Kansas City Region

Award Amount

Federal Share

Local Match

$750,000

$238,847

The University of Missouri will lead the Comeback KC Ventures project, which will unite the Kansas City region’s community-based public health, digital equity and education efforts with the regional technology entrepreneurial ecosystem to support the development of early-stage technology-driven interventions that can respond to these needs.

Kansas City will sprint toward 10 new businesses, 30 new jobs, $5 million in follow-on funding in an 18-month period that will start local and stay local to solve problems that COVID-19 has raised.

This project will be led by the UMKC Innovation Center in partnership with KC Digital Drive, combining the business-building strengths of UMKC IC with the community engagement and discovery processes of KCDD, the project will:

  • Uncover COVID-related community needs in education, healthcare and digital equity
  • Identify technology-based solutions to those needs
  • Create an expanding regiment of Venture Fellows, entrepreneurs that receive needed support to rapidly develop solutions to meet these opportunities
  • Connect Venture Fellows with civic and community leaders to align product-market fit
  • Provide much-needed, early-stage proof-of-concept support to move ideas toward commercialization in the market
  • Place a strong emphasis on developing minority- and women-business owners

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Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE)

Build To Scale (B2S)
formerly Regional Innovation Strategies Program (RIS)

SPRINT Challenge

STEM Talent Challenge

Accelerate R2 Network Challenge

National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE)

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