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Results so far:

(based on 165 proof-of-concept projects funded for area startups)

  • Total amount awarded: $3,087,524
  • $198M in follow-on funding
  • 1,182 new jobs created, more than $169M in sales since inception

Read the Digital Sandbox KC 2022 Impact Report

Latest Updates

Prepare for Liftoff, Early-Stage Startups: LaunchKC’s $50K Grants Competition Is Back!


Launch KC returns to Kansas City after a four-year break to again fund early-stage tech startups.

The Impact of Digital Sandbox KC for Regional Innovation


Innovation is most vulnerable at the stage between research and revenue. And that’s precisely where Digital Sandbox KC comes in. The 2022 Impact Report tells the story of how project-funding for Kansas City innovations has yielded economic impact for KC founders and for our region.

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How it works

The Sandbox provides critical proof-of-concept funding, mentoring and connections to help founders build viable innovations ready for follow-on funding. The Sandbox may cover expenses for project consultants, market research, equipment and other market validation, prototyping and beta testing needs. Digital Sandbox KC is a program of the UMKC Innovation Center’s Technology Venture Studio.

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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.

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  • Search Resources

    You can search more than 200 business resource organizations in the Kansas City area to find the right resource to reach your next milestone.

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  • Find Your Idea

    Our partner program, Whiteboard2Boardroom, connects entrepreneurs and established businesses to new technologies available for licensing at institutions in the bi-state region. Can you take one of them into the Sandbox?

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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

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.

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