SparkLabKC, Kansas City Business Accelerator, Chooses Third Class

Contact: Jennifer Fettchenhauer
Eidson & Partners, Inc.
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jennifer@eidsonandpartners.com

10 Companies get to work in new Kansas City Downtown Innovation District location 

Kansas City, Mo. – January 14, 2015 – SparkLabKC, a Kansas City-based business accelerator, has selected 10 companies for SparkLabKC’s third class: College Sports USA, Kookiedoodle, Lazser Down, OliveMonday, PopBookings, Rock-it Launcher, Royal Loyal, The Swapping Company, Talk2Me, and VeriQuik. 

“We are very impressed with the applicant quality and the diverse nature of this class,” said Kevin Fryer, SparkLabKC managing director and Kansas City entrepreneur. “As a group, these companies have well developed products and are at the point of operationalizing their businesses.”

SparkLabKC supports Kansas City region startups representing a wide range of business segments. This year’s class will work out of SparkLabKC’s new downtown Kansas City location, building on the city’s initiative to create an ecosystem for entrepreneurs. “Kansas City has a rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Ace Wagner, a

SparkLabKC co-founder. “We’re pleased to have moved SparkLabKC to Kansas City’s Downtown Innovation District where these 10 companies can benefit from initiatives designed to help entrepreneurs build scalable companies in the heart of Kansas City.”

SparkLabKC’s program includes:
• Seed capital
• Mentorship with a pool of over 80 business leaders with deep experience across virtually every industry
• Free workspace
• Legal, accounting and financial advisory services
• A formal prototype demonstration day for potential investors

SparkLabKC’s mentors, sponsors and partners come from the public and private sectors, and provide the depth of resources, experience and knowledge needed to help startups on their path to success.

“In addition to the established pool of SparkLabKC mentors, we are especially pleased to have many members of the first two classes returning to serve as coaches for the SparkLabKC class of 2015,” noted Fryer.

SparkLabKC sponsors and partners include:
• Polsinelli
• Mid-America Angels Investments, LLC
• Country Club Bank
• DST Systems, Inc.
• EPR Properties
• MRIGlobal
• KCNext
• OpenAir Equity Partners
• McGonigle’s Market
• University of Missouri-Kansas City Innovation Center
• University of Kansas Center for Technology Commercialization
• University of Missouri
• Rockhurst University

The SparkLabKC 2015 class began on January 12, 2015 at the SparkLabKC office, located at 127 West 10th Street, Suite 102, Kansas City, Mo. The class concludes on April 10, 2015 with Demo Day when each company will present its prototype product and business model to angel investors and venture capital investors.

About SparkLabKC: SparkLabKC is an early-stage business accelerator based in Kansas City, Mo., created to help driven midwestern entrepreneurs forge their ideas into successful companies. SparkLabKC selects 10 promising startups each year for a 90-day intense, inresidence, mentor-driven program that provides up to $18,000 in seed capital, business advisory services, free workspace and a formal demonstration day with potential investors. This is a proven accelerator program adapted to the Kansas City region. The program builds on public-private partnerships and the strengths of the region’s vast entrepreneurial community. Startups that have been through this kind of program have a superior track record of generating new companies, new jobs and achieving a significant impact in their communities. For more information visit www.SparkLabKC.com.

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