Digital Sandbox KC is where ideas take shape. For many startups, innovators and disruptors, it is the starting point in the Kansas City region, providing that critical step and just-in-time funding that turns viable ideas into scalable innovations.
Since 2013, the Sandbox has provided support to 93 proof-of-concept projects, helping them take that critical step toward commercialization. Here are some 2017 highlights from companies to watch in the new year:
The Lazser Down markers made an appearance at the 2017 Big XII Equipment Managers Conference and are being used in pilot programs with University of Notre Dame and Tulane University football teams. After partnering with the Blue Valley CAPS program for an early proof-of-concept prototype, Lazser Down is now completing manufacturing on their laser-enhanced marker system.
Healthy Hip Hop (H3) Enterprises partnered with Centene Healthcare and Boys and Girls Clubs of America to pilot their online curriculum with clubs nationwide. Considered by many as the "Sesame Street of the 21st Century," H3 produces educational programming using music and movement to help improve academic outcomes. H3 was chosen for the 2017 Lean Lab Incubator Fellowship and the E-Scholars program at the UMKC Regnier Institute.
Luxe partnered with local developers to incorporate their mobile app into new development apartments on the Country Club Plaza. The Luxe mobile app offers apartment communities a concierge platform for residents to seamlessly book and manage tailored services, including housekeeping, pet services and dry cleaning. Luxe was also chosen for 2017 Kansas City BetaBlox Kansas City cohort.
PlanIT Impact participated in the Smart City Works Infrastructure Actuator, the first business accelerator in the United States focused exclusively on smart cities. A smart-modeling platform, PlanIT Impact allows engineers, architects and developers to better understand and improve performance, so owners, investors and communities can better visualize projects impacts and return on investment. Additionally, PlanIT Impact was one of eight startups to receive a $50,000 LaunchKC grant.
“Digital Sandbox KC program not only provides the funding to get an idea up and running, but they also provide the brain power to help entrepreneurs think through their ideas so they come at it from the right way.” Laura Brady, Royal Street Ventures
Get your business into the Sandbox
Digital Sandbox KC accepts applications on a rolling basis. Many concepts that eventually received funding didn't get it the first time around, so don't hesitate to get your idea out there to start receiving feedback and guidance.
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