Skip To The Main Content

Latest Updates

Five New Companies Join the Sandbox

FIVE

From booking travel to monitoring cattle, the newest Digital Sandbox KC companies represent a diverse range of startups in the region. “We continue to be amazed by the quality and creativity of Kansas City companies,” said Jeff Shackelford, director of Digital Sandbox KC. “Now, through our partnerships with Olathe, Independence, St. Joseph and Great Plains Energy, we have the opportunity to help even more early-stage entrepreneurs.”

Funding and Coworking Space for Northwest Missouri Startups

StJoe-Feature (1)

St. Joseph gained national recognition in 2016 for being a top metro for startup growth. Now, thanks to a partnership between Digital Sandbox KC, Innovation Stockyard and other St. Joseph partners, entrepreneurs in northwest Missouri will have a shared work space and funding to pursue their startup business plans.

Results so far:

(based on 85 proof-of-concept projects funded for area startups)

  • 34 new KC-based companies created
  • 53 companies have secured follow-on investment
  • $38M in follow-on funding
  • 480 new jobs created, nearly $12M in total salaries

2016 Digital Sandbox KC Annual Report

How it works

Digital Sandbox KC broadly seeks new innovation in information technology.  The Sandbox provides innovators with proof-of-concept resources to support early-stage commercialization processes. The Sandbox may cover expenses for project consultants, market research, legal support, equipment and other market validation, prototyping and beta testing needs.

Learn More

Get Involved

Exceptional ideas. Extraordinary collaboration. We need your help in this community-wide effort.

Help our community build our next great companies. Be a mentor. Provide expertise. Try something new. Invest. Get in the Sandbox.

  • Become a Mentor

    Use your know-how to evaluate opportunities, grow ideas, and to find funding to help companies grow.

  • Search Resources

    There are business resources all across the region. Find the right match for you.

    More info »
  • Find Your Idea

    The region has plenty of innovations in need of someone. Can you take one of them into the Sandbox?

    More info »

Corporate Partners

Support from corporate development teams at Sprint, VML, UMB, Hallmark and Cerner offers Digital Sandbox KC participants connections to industry experts, mentors, potential customers and follow-on funding resources. Events and co-working space will be available at Union Station, Inc. with gigabit speed internet access.

Additional partners are welcome. Contact us to find out more.

  • VML, one of the world's leading digital marketing agencies, delivers creative solutions at the intersection of marketing and technology.

  • With headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., privately-held Hallmark Cards, Inc. creates products sold in 38,000 retail stores across the U.S. and in 100 countries worldwide.

More Partners »