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We are an early-stage technology business accelerator created to help driven Midwestern entrepreneurs forge their ideas into successful companies. SparkLabKC is Kansas City-based and locally sponsored with mentors stretching to the Silicon Valley. 

We believe in a uniquely authentic Midwestern perspective about business, one that couples a tireless 'can do' attitude with uncommon vision. 

SparkLabKC selects 10 promising startups each year for a 90-day intense, in-residence, mentor-driven program that provides up to $18,000 in seed capital and business advisory services.

 
 

See the SparkLabKC companies in action

SparkLabKC - The Local Show

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THE SparkLabKC DIFFERENCE

We get Internet businesses off the ground faster with a better chance to succeed going forward through a proven accelerator program we have adapted to the Kansas City region. SparkLabKC also builds on public-private partnerships and the strengths of the region’s vast entrepreneurial community. 

The program focuses on early-stage Internet startups working in industries that are driving the Kansas City region’s economy such as telecommunications, engineering, health care, agriculture and energy.

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SparkLabKC selects 10 early-stage technology startup companies each year for the 90-day accelerator program and provides:

 

  • Seed capital of up to $18,000
  • More than 80 mentors with deep experience across virtually every industry
  • Free workspace
  • Legal, accounting, financial and human resources advisory services
  • A formal prototype demonstration day for potential investors
    SparkLabKC earns a 6% interest in each participating company in return for the program service.
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      Startups that have been through this kind of program have a superior track record of generating new companies and new jobs, and achieving a significant impact in their communities.

      And because we call Kansas City home, a remarkable array of support services are available to entrepreneurs from university programs such as the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Innovation Center to the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program and the Kauffman Foundation. It’s why StartupDigest.com ranks Kansas City among the top five fastest growing startup communities in the world.

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