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Digital Sandbox KC By The Numbers: Progress Report

Posted on Mar 04, 2014

Digital Sandbox KC provides proof-of-concept resources to companies in the Kansas City region.  Funded by a $1 million federal i6 Challenge Grant with an additional $500,000 from MTC and $600,000 from local corporations, the program was designed to reach at least 30 early-stage startups and help at least 10 companies secure significant investment during the two-year grant cycle, which ends in September 2014.

By the numbers:

  • 37 proof of concept projects funded for area technology startups
  • 22 new KC-based companies created
  • Funded companies provide 125 area jobs
  • 19 companies have raised follow-on funding to date
  • $7 million in add-on funding raised
  • 19X ROI on companies funded to date
  • $20,000 average proof of concept investment
  • 160 companies assisted

Project Funding for:

  • Aireal Mobile
  • Alluresoft/Divvy
  • Angling Technology
  • BigBang
  • Briefcase
  • Claimjockey
  • Creelio
  • Dewsly
  • E-Beacon
  • FanAddict
  • Flyover Innovations
  • FolioMatch
  • FormZapper
  • GotchaGiftRegistry
  • Genneo
  • Handprint
  • Heart to Heart Network
  • Innovative Health Media
  • Knoda
  • LightBridge
  • Limelight Technologies
  • LIttle Hoots
  • Local Rockus/Hoopla.io
  • MiZocola
  • Phisionary
  • PlanetReuse Marketplace
  • Playit Health
  • RFP365
  • Shot Tracker
  • Smart Steps
  • TeraCrunch
  • TrackTi
  • Trellie
  • Venture 360
  • Welltodo
  • XLRYNT Technologies
  • Zorilla Research

Digital Sandbox KC was developed by KCSourceLink, a program of the UMKC Innovation Center, through an unprecedented collaboration of partners including:

Corporate: Sprint, Hallmark, UMB, VML, Cerner, RareWire, SparkLabKC

Academic: UMKC, University of Kansas

Nonprofit: Enterprise Center of Johnson County; Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute; Union Station, Inc.; KCNext

Public: Missouri Technology Corporation, Mayors’ Bistate Innovation Team, Economic Development Corp. of KC, U.S Department of Commerce, Economic Development Corporation

Philanthropic: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation