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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.

Mobility Designed Secures Investment from iiM

Mobility Designed

Overland Park, Kansas-based investor group Innovation in Motion (iiM) announced backing for Kansas City startup (and Sandbox company) Mobility Designed.
Since Digital Sandbox KC funding in 2015, Mobility Designed has secured more than $800,000 in follow-on funding.

Olathe Ups the Ante for Startups


Digital Sandbox KC and the City of Olathe are continuing their efforts to drive entrepreneurship and new business starts in Olathe with proof-of-concept funding and new co-working space at the Kansas State University Olathe Campus.

Learning to Fire it Up Without Burning Out


Catch up with FireBoard co-founder Ted Conrad. Ted and his team are busy hustlin' - launching, promoting and selling their product - but making time to unplug and unwind.

Digital Sandbox KC Selects Six New Companies

Six New Companies

Six new companies joined the Sandbox cohort, including the first startups to receive funding through the new Energy Sandbox and as part of the Sandbox’s partnership with the City of Independence, Missouri.

Digital Sandbox KC Selects Two New Companies

Two New Companies

Digital Sandbox KC wrapped up 2016 with two new companies for the Sandbox.  Both startups are using innovative technology to get people “moving,” addressing the onerous task of hiring a moving company and using hip hop to encourage physical activity.

Digital Sandbox KC Companies Selects Four New Companies

While the echoes of Kansas City TechWeek are still fresh,  Digital Sandbox KC proudly announces four new innovative companies for the Sandbox. These latest recipients of proof-of-concept support are working on challenges in trucking, nursing retention, identity verification and no-shows.

339 Jobs and 34 New Companies Created By Digital Sandbox KC Participants

The 65 proof-of-concept projects funded by Digital Sandbox KC in the past three years have created a total of 339 jobs with a payroll of $9 million; 34 new KC-based companies; and 55 new products.