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Who Can Submit an Idea

Digital Sandbox KC broadly seeks new innovation in information technology.  Any emerging startup or established companies can play in the Sandbox. Research organizations and technology transfer offices, both corporate and academic, can also submit technologies for further development.

People outside of the Kansas City region may submit an idea, but any operations associated with technology development and establishment of resulting business or business expansion must be located within the Kansas City CSA.  Presently, companies must be located on the Missouri side of the state line to receive project financing. 

The Digital Sandbox is best positioned to help companies that:

  • Have a significant IT/digital component
  • Have disruptive technologies/clear competitive advantages
  • Are building platform technologies, enabling the development of future products and processes
  • Are local and plan to stay local
  • Have strong, clearly defined management teams
  • Are not already in the marketplace
  • Need first in funding
  • Have a project of some sort standing between them and key investors or customers

Submit Your Idea

The Digital Sandbox process requires:
  1. Submit your idea using the Digital Sandbox KC online application
  2. A meeting/pitch evaluation
  3. A board vote
To proceed with funding requests, you'll need to submit your idea using the online application

Please keep in mind that this summary will be viewed by those evaluating your submission; those participating in your meeting/pitch and by the board for voting purposes. 

Once we've received your application, we'll review it for completeness and then send you information regarding next steps.

Submission Tip:  Thoroughly reading the Frequently Asked Questions below prior to submission may improve your outcome.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will you accept a business plan in lieu of application?

  • What if I have a business idea outside of the focus area?

  • How does it work?

  • How much project funding is available?

  • How is Digital Sandbox KC different from an incubator or accelerator?

  • Will Digital Sandbox help fund my business?

  • What is Digital Sandbox KC?

  • What is the focus of Digital Sandbox KC?

  • Do I have to be located in the Kansas City region to submit my idea?

  • How do accelerator and incubator programs relate to Digital Sandbox KC?

  • Does Digital Sandbox KC take an equity position in a company?

  • Who evaluates and decides which ideas get accepted?

  • What is the application period?

  • Will I be notified if my idea is not accepted and why it wasn't?

  • After a successful prototype is developed, will Digital Sandbox help me secure funding to launch the business?

  • Who can submit an idea?

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