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Funding for Early-Stage Companies in KC: Top 5 Takeaways from the Sandbox Investor Event

Top 5 Takeaways from the Sandbox Investor Event

We spent the final day of Summer in the Sand at the Sprint Accelerator with some of the key players and connectors in early-stage funding in the Kansas City region. Here are the top five nuggets of knowledge that we learned about investors and startup funding in KC:

Sandbox Funding for Two St. Joseph Startups

St. Joseph

“Our partnership with Digital Sandbox KC has given us an opportunity to capture the full range of innovative concepts being developed in the St. Joseph area,” said Ronan Molloy, president of Innovation Stockyard.

Four New Startups Join the Sandbox

Welcome to the Sandbox

From a virtual learning platform for kids on the autism spectrum to a St. Joe-based startup making unique cocktail bitters, the startups in the Sandbox are a great example of the diversity and creativity of this region’s entrepreneurs. Meet the four new companies to join the Sandbox.

KC Startup Investors On Tap for Summer in the Sand

September Summer in the Sand

We know that the more connected early-stage entrepreneurs are to each other and to the startup resources the more likely they are to succeed. This is especially true when you’re ready to raise capital for your startup. Meet the panel of funders on tap for the Summer in the Sand event on September 19 at the Sprint Accelerator.

How the Sandbox Helped this Entrepreneur Expand to New Markets

Aaron Brennan

Entrepreneur and veteran Aaron Brennan watched business after business incorporate technology into their processes. Still, there was one industry that he didn’t see making the move. Trash.

Four New Startups Join the Sandbox

College Coaching Network and Case Helper

From helping students prepare for college to analyzing voting records to predict legislative outcomes, the startups in the Sandbox are a great example of the diversity and creativity of this region’s entrepreneurs. Meet the four new companies to join the Sandbox.

Renewed Support for Digital Sandbox KC

Jeff Shackelford

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Missouri Technology Corporation renewed their support of Digital Sandbox KC, awarding the successful proof-of-concept program a combined $950,000 grant.

6 Reasons Why You Should Attend Summer in the Sand

Summer in the Sand

We get it—it’s hard to take time away from work. Your busy hustling, often running a side-hustle in addition to a full-time job. But sometimes you have to break away from work in order to get to work and sharpen your skills. Summer in the Sand offers four (free!) events tailored to the needs of early-stage companies in Kansas City.

Kansas City Startup PerfectCube Solves Problems from the Inside Out

PerfectCube Co-founders

As PerfectCube developed into more of a startup than just a side project, co-founders Mark Calhoun and Jim Starcev did what any good Kansas City tech startup should do—they brought their idea to Digital Sandbox KC.

Digital Sandbox KC Funded 100 Startups (When the Goal Was Just 10)

Digital Sandbox KC Launch

It’s been five years since we launched our “startup” —Digital Sandbox KC. We had the unique challenge of funding 10 early-stage companies that could use our project development funding to significantly move their idea forward. Instead of just 10, we found 100 . . . and we’re still growing.