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Who Can Submit an Idea

Digital Sandbox KC broadly seeks new innovation in information technology.  Any emerging startup or established companies can play in the Sandbox. Research organizations and technology transfer offices, both corporate and academic, can also submit technologies for further development.

People outside of the Kansas City region may submit an idea, but any operations associated with technology development and establishment of resulting business or business expansion must be located within the Kansas City MSA.

Presently, companies must be located on the Missouri side of the state line to receive project financing, with the exception of companies with operations in Olathe, Kansas or Overland Park, Kansas

The Digital Sandbox is best positioned to help companies that:

  • Have a significant IT/digital component
  • Have disruptive technologies/clear competitive advantages
  • Are building platform technologies, enabling the development of future products and processes
  • Are local and plan to stay local
  • Have strong, clearly defined management teams
  • Are not already in the marketplace
  • Need first in funding
  • Have a project of some sort standing between them and key investors or customers

Apply to a Specific Sandbox Program

Submit Your Idea

The Digital Sandbox process requires:
  1. Submit your idea using the Digital Sandbox KC online application
  2. A meeting/pitch evaluation
  3. A board vote
To proceed with funding requests, you'll need to submit your idea using the online application

Please keep in mind that this summary will be viewed by those evaluating your submission; those participating in your meeting/pitch and by the board for voting purposes. 

Once we've received your application, we'll review it for completeness and then send you information regarding next steps.

Submission Tip:  Thoroughly reading the Frequently Asked Questions prior to submission may improve your outcome.