Supporting the Minority Business Community Through KC-UP x OHUB Events

In Events, Initiativesby EDCKC Staff

KC-UP and OHUB hosted a minority-focused entrepreneurship event this month as part of a third Friday entrepreneurship series. The events, which have featured startup entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, entrepreneur support programs and ecosystem builders from across the country, are an interest feeder for the KC-UP x OHUB accelerator. 
This past month’s event, held at the American Jazz Museum, featured speakers: 

  • Daveyon Ross, Co-founder and COO, ShotTracker (former lead for Sprint’s knowledge management application and startup consulting firm partner at eVergance) 
  • Marlon Nichols, Co-founder and Managing Partner, MaC Venture Capital (a former Kauffman Fellow and Investment Director at Intel Capital, where he launched Intel’s $125M diversity fund)

Both local and national interest, including a write-up published on BlackEnterprise.com, on the accelerator has been outstanding. 
Also, this month, a 6-Month Startup Bootcamp has kicked off. The monthly half-day sessions, designed to take startups from product to market, allows founders to test their hypothesis, continue to iterate on their product, begin customer development, complete competitive analysis, develop business models and start revenue generation.

Ten founders that complete the 6-Month Startup Bootcamp will be eligible to advance to the pre-accelerator with NewMe in December and Accelerator in January. The pre-Accelerator will award ten (10) $5,000 grants and the accelerator will make five (5) $50,000 investments and get the opportunity to demo at OHUBxSXSW in March of 2020.  Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to stay up to speed about future KC-UP x OHUB news or email JJones@EDCKC.com with questions.