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Kansas City ranks in the top five in entrepreneurship competition

In a worldwide competition recently sponsored by the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, Kansas City finished high.
In a worldwide competition recently sponsored by the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, Kansas City finished high. The Kansas City Star

Kansas City has claimed another prize as it builds its reputation as an entrepreneur-friendly city.

The city ranked among the top five for entrepreneurship in a worldwide competition recently sponsored by the Global Entrepreneurship Congress.

The organization held the competition to highlight the efforts of smaller cities that offer services to support startups.

Rather than well-known, big startup hubs such as Silicon Valley and London, the entrepreneurship organization looked to recognize second-tier cities that have “successfully attracted entrepreneurs that are playing important roles in creating jobs, building economic resilience and introducing innovative solutions that improve the competitiveness of their country.”

Kansas City finished in good company with Buenos Aires; Genk, Belgium; Madison, Wis.; and Yerevan, Armenia. Overall, Buenos Aires was selected as the top city and will be recognized at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress meeting next month in Milan, Italy.

More than 50 cities around the world applied to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Congress Cities Challenge.

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce was among a group of supporting organizations on Kansas City’s application. The city’s application focused on Google Fiber’s deployment in the city as well as several networking organizations and startup business incubators.

Jim Heeter, president and chief executive of the chamber, said in a statement that Kansas City’s recognition in the competition “further validates the important work being done by our entrepreneurial community and fuels the ongoing movement that we’ve come to recognize as a driver of economic opportunity.”

To reach Steve Rosen, call 816-234-4879 or send email to srosen@kcstar.com.

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