STARTLAND runs a family of programs designed to create moments of impact through meaningful connections and purposeful conversations in and about Kansas City’s entrepreneurial community.

Stories

Startland News is a digital publication telling the stories of Kansas City’s innovators, creators and entrepreneurs. The publication has over 16,000 weekly email subscribers and 650,000 pageviews annually with 53% of the traffic coming from outside Kansas City.

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Talent & Real-World Learning

MECA Challenges are a one-day student innovation competitions which introduce local high school students to design thinking and entrepreneurial mentors. 854 students from 15 high schools participated in 2018.

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MECA Methods is “disruptive” professional development for educators, equipping them with a design thinking experience and methodology to utilize in their classrooms. During the 2018/19 school year, STARTLAND trained 35 teachers who instruct roughly 2,500 students annually.
Our work with educators also includes Innovative Schools Visits and screenings of the film Most Likely to Succeed.

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Back2KC is a year-round initiation highlighted by an annual two-day experience that invites successful tech, creative and business-minded former Kansas Citians to reconnect with their hometown. In 2018, 26 of these “Champions” returned. Four have since moved back and five expanded their business(s) to KC.

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Experiences

Innovation Exchange is a monthly event series hosted by Startland News featuring a robust discussion about a topic or trend affecting innovation and entrepreneurship in Kansas City. 2019 Innovation Exchanges have averaged over 100 attendees and covered topics including investing in women, innovation hubs and startup burnout.
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Startup Crawl KC is a one-night tour of Kansas City’s startup community through multiple locations in the Crossroads Arts District. In 2019, Startup Crawl KC welcomed over 700 crawlers and 35 startups.

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The Startups to Watch Celebration is an annual event at the end of January celebrating some of Kansas City’s fastest-growing startups anticipated to have banner years. Over 275 people attended 2019’s celebration at H&R Block’s Copaken Stage.
Click here to see photos from the most recent event

The Top VC-Backed Companies Celebration is an invite-only reception to celebrate and recognize the collective accomplishments of Kansas City’s growth-stage, venture capital-backed companies highlighted in an annual report published in Startland News. In 2019, 61 KC companies made the list and reported $908M of capital raised.
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Impact

2018 Impact Report
2017 Impact Report
2016 Impact Report