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Digital Sandbox, Innovation Stockyard offer funding, support for St. Joseph entrepreneurs

Digital Sandbox KC and the Innovation Stockyard are looking for early-stage entrepreneurs in St. Joseph who need a little help launching their products and services. Applications are open now for the next round of Digital Sandbox’s St. Joseph program. It’s designed for companies with the potential to achieve big growth quickly.

Another Round of Funding for St. Joseph Startups

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After a successful first round of project reviews, Digital Sandbox KC is accepting applications from entrepreneurs in the St. Joseph area with scalable business concepts that can grow quickly and create a high volume of jobs.

Two New Companies Added to the Sandbox

Q3 Funded

Thanks to the partnership between Digital Sandbox KC and the City of Independence and the Independence Economic Development Council, Drones4Hire and Hidden Abilities are the two new companies to receiving funding.

St. Joseph Company joins the Sandbox

Toss It Curbside

Digital Sandbox KC continues to expand its network – this time by partnering with a St. Joseph-based startup Toss It Curbside. With Toss It Curbside, customers can leave unwanted objects on the curb, and the startup will find a way to get those things to a charity or a recycler.

Sandbox Makes the Techweek KC 100 List


Techweek announced the 2017 Kansas City Techweek 100, including nine Digital Sandbox KC companies in the "Rising Startup" category and Director Jeff Shackelford as an "Innovative Investor."

HomeGrown & Happy Provides an Innovative Way to Experience New Flavors

HomeGrown & Happy

The first company to receive funding from the Independence program, HomeGrown & Happy is working with the Independence iNtech Growth Program to launch this innovative platform to help food enthusiasts bring the flavors of grandma's cooking and home-canning to everyone's doorstep.

Five New Companies Join the Sandbox


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

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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.

Why would KC want to build the next Silicon Valley?

Jeff Shackelford

Jeff weighs in on Sarah McBride's Bloomberg article “Why It’s So Hard to Build the Next Silicon Valley” and subtitled “Google brought its high-speed internet to Kansas City, but it didn’t turn the city into a tech paradise.”

Latest Survey Numbers for the Sandbox Companies


When we launched the Sandbox, our stated goal was to improve the quantity and quality of early-stage startups in Kansas City to drive new business starts and create new jobs. Our latest impact study shows we’re continuing to fulfill that mission. We couldn’t be prouder.