Starting a business? You’re in luck! Kansas City, Missouri, is one of the most resource-rich communities in the country with a robust infrastructure geared to fostering new business formation. Incubators, accelerators, educators, funders, mentors, networkers, navigators, inspirers and more are all here to give your idea every advantage to grow and succeed. At EDC, we are committed to building a great entrepreneurship ecosystem in Kansas City. We’re home to the renowned Kauffman Foundation – the top global foundation advancing entrepreneurship; the first city in the U.S. to receive Google Fiber; we’re the founding city for 1 Million Cups.

At EDC we created LaunchKC in partnership with the Downtown Council and are awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to attract and grow promising early-stage companies in Kansas City. This effort has generated thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of investment. Additionally, our Government Affairs team has helped secure major policy wins to advance entrepreneurship in Missouri, and we've partnered with KC BizCare to provide microgrants and other opportunities for small scale capital access to entrepreneurs in our community.

With nearly $1 billion in annual venture capital investment, Kansas City, Missouri, has nurtured successful entrepreneurial businesses from formation to launch, IPO to sale.

Founded 1998. Sold to C.H. Robinson in 2015.

Founded 2010. Raised $23 million in four funding rounds.

Founded in 2012. Sold to Ant Financial in 2016.

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KC BizCare is a free business resource, advocacy and information center for new and existing businesses operating within Kansas City, Missouri.

Sourcelink helps aspiring startups and established small businesses find the right business resources to start, scale or accelerate.

The UMKC Innovation Center unlocks the potential of entrepreneurship by helping people turn their ideas and innovations into ventures that shape an economy of hope.

LaunchKC works to attract and retain high-growth tech startups to Downtown Kansas City, Missouri by investing in pre-seed and seed stage companies.

The Keystone Innovation District catalyzes economic development in the Kansas City Region by building and supporting a community of innovators, creatives, and entrepreneurs.

The Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC) is a public-private partnership created by the Missouri General Assembly to promote entrepreneurship and foster the growth of new and emerging high-tech companies.

KCRise Fund is a venture capital firm focused on investing in early-stage technology companies with a strategic connection to the Kansas City region.