Eight Kansas City area “venture accelerators” will share in $840,000 worth of grants from the Kauffman Foundation’s KC Accelerator Challenge.
The recipient organizations were chosen as “exemplary programs that provide critical mentoring, access to resources, and services that enable entrepreneurs to grow.”
Grant recipients were chosen from among applications solicited last fall. They are:
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▪ The Enterprise Center of Johnson County’s Investment Bootcamp.
▪ The Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program’s Amp Up program.
▪ Sprint Accelerator.
▪ Techstars Kansas City.
▪ Project United Knowledge.
▪ Rightfully Sewn.
▪ ScaleUp Kansas City.
Each recipient is required to match its Kauffman Foundation grant and provide at least one of these services — an educational curriculum or technical assistance for entrepreneurs, serve an underrepresented population of entrepreneurs, or provide a “novel way to accelerate startups that can be tested as a research project.”
The KC Accelerator Challenge is part of the foundation’s Zero Barriers initiative to knock down entrepreneurial barriers.