STARTLAND — formerly the Kansas City Startup Foundation — is a community building 501(c)3 nonprofit activating a thriving and inclusive culture of innovation in Kansas City through stories, experiences and talent.

THEORY OF CHANGE
We believe the entrepreneurial spirit strengthens communities and is more than simply starting businesses. It is a collaborative, problem-solving mindset needed in every aspect of our society. We believe when this mindset permeates a community it will not only drive economic growth but also enhance government effectiveness, the quality of education, and citizen engagement.

MISSION

Activate a thriving and inclusive culture of innovation in Kansas City.


VISION

Build Kansas City into the most entrepreneurial community in America (MECA).


CORE VALUES

Authenticity. Community. Impact.

The Team

Adam Arredondo

Adam Arredondo

CEO
adam@startland.org
Austin Barnes

Austin Barnes

Programming Director
austin@startlandnews.com
Katie Kimbrell

Katie Kimbrell

Director of Education
katie@startland.org
Matthew Marcus

Matthew Marcus

Director of Development
matthew@startland.org
Tommy Felts

Tommy Felts

News Director
tommy@startlandnews.com
Veronica Alvidrez

Veronica Alvidrez

Experience Manager
veronica@startland.org
Matthew Mellor

Matthew Mellor

Strategy & Development
matthew.mellor@startland.org
Maria Miller

Maria Miller

Engagement Manager
maria.miller@startland.org

The Board

Anita Newton | Co-Chair

Anita Newton | Co-Chair

Anita Newton | Co-Chair

Chief Innovation Officer
Community America Credit Union
Darcy Howe | Co-Chair

Darcy Howe | Co-Chair

Darcy Howe | Co-Chair

Founder & Managing Director
KCRise Fund
Adam Arredondo

Adam Arredondo

Adam Arredondo

Chief Executive Officer
STARTLAND
Anurag Patel

Anurag Patel

Anurag Patel

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Helix Health
Christine Kemper

Christine Kemper

Christine Kemper

Founder
Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy
Davin Gordon

Davin Gordon

Davin Gordon

Business Development Officer
AltCap
Marshall Lockton

Marshall Lockton

Marshall Lockton

Senior VP of Operations
Lockton Companies
Martha McCabe

Martha McCabe

Martha McCabe

Executive Director
KC STEM Alliance
Roger Nelson

Roger Nelson

Roger Nelson

Retired Deputy Chairman
Ernst & Young
Tina Peterson

Tina Peterson

Tina Peterson

Founder & Manager
Sprint Accelerator
Vinoo Vijay

Vinoo Vijay

Vinoo Vijay

Chief Marketing Officer
H&R Block
Thaila Cherry

Thaila Cherry

Thaila Cherry

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Cherry Sports
Jeff Simon

Jeff Simon

Jeff Simon

Office Manager Partner
Husch Blackwell

The Advisors

Bill Gautreaux

Bill Gautreaux

Bill Gautreaux

Business Partner
MLP Holdings
David Larrabee

David Larrabee

David Larrabee

Retired Senior Vice President
American Century Investments
David Oliver

David Oliver

David Oliver

Attorney
Berkowitz Oliver LLP
Leo Morton

Leo Morton

Leo Morton

Chief Operating Officer
DeBruce Companies
Sheri Gonzalez

Sheri Gonzalez

Sheri Gonzalez

Vice President & KC Rising Director
Civic Council of Greater Kansas City
Evan Conway

Evan Conway

Evan Conway

Chief Executive Officer
Ad Parlor
Micheal Lawrence

Micheal Lawrence

Micheal Lawrence

Chief Executive Officer
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City

Our Partners

Impact

2018 Impact Report
2017 Impact Report
2016 Impact Report