Missouri Technology Corporation is currently accepting applications from companies for the Missouri IDEA Fund-TechLaunch and High-Tech Industrial Expansion programs. TechLaunch is designed to assist very early-stage startup companies to raise pre-seed capital financing. The High-Tech Industrial Expansion program provides low-interest, secured debt financing to later-stage high-tech companies to support projects leading to significant job creation and capital investment in Missouri.

Additionally, MTC is also accepting applications for the Missouri Building Entrepreneurial Capacity Program (“MOBEC”). The MOBEC program provides funding support to nonprofit organizations and research institutions to launch or expand projects and initiatives that support Missouri’s entrepreneurs or enhance Missouri’s capacity to grow its innovation economy.

Applications for both of these programs may be found on MTC’s website at Missouri Technology. The deadline to submit proposals for consideration is 5:00 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

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Sprint is seeking an elite group of entrepreneurs with big ideas for improving health care using mobile technology.

Leaders of early-stage mobile technology companies from across the United States now can apply to be in the inaugural class of 10 that will work in the Kansas City area at the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator, powered by Techstars. Those who are selected will participate in a 3-month intensive mentorship program starting in March 2014 and receive up to $120,000 in funding.

The Sprint Accelerator is accepting applications now through Dec. 6. Finalists will be notified in early January 2014 and the 3-month program is slated to begin in March.

Apply at sprintaccelerator.com

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Arsalon Technologies, Kansas City’s local provider of business-class hosting solutions, is giving back to tech entrepreneurs. Qualifying companies that are working with Launch KC, Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James’ strategic initiative to attract and develop IT entrepreneurs to the Crossroads Arts District and throughout Kansas City, receive 12 months of free hosting services.

Read the full story here.

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Compute Midwest 2013!

 ”Compute Midwest is a 2 day convergence of tech: new people, new ideas and new frontiers in Kansas City.”

You won’t want to miss this conference and the long and talented list of speakers October 25-27. For more information and tickets please visit Compute Midwest – Register

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The federal government will pitch in $20 million more for Kansas City’s downtown streetcars, which should improve the project and may provide local taxpayer relief, city officials said Friday.

“This streetcar project will encourage housing, construction and business development in the city, and that will mean more jobs across the region,” Senator Claire McCaskill said.

“The fact that the feds are on board with it just confirms what we’ve already known, that we’re doing a lot of things right on this project,” said Councilman Russ Johnson



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Kelsey Meyer, the President of Influence and Co, identifies the four key areas of a successful co-working space.

Creating a space for entrepreneurs

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In early August, the Missouri Court of Appeals dismissed two cases against the constitutionality of the 1 cent sales tax and property tax on Downtown businesses for the Streetcar.


‘The three-judge appeals court panel said the deadline for such a challenge had long since passed, and the project should be allowed to move forward.’

‘Streetcar supporters said the ruling showed they had properly followed state law and the taxing approach was legitimate.’


Although taxes have been collected for the project, the pending lawsuits have thus far kept it in limbo. The Streetcar advocates, supporters and fundraisers all hope for their hard work to come to fruition soon.


For the full article please visit Kansascity.com

For more info about the crowd funding effort AND a video about our Streetcar AND how we are all on board! Let’s Build a StreetCar!

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Meet the Mayors!

Check out Metropolis Mag’s piece on some Mayors you should be paying attention to. Included (and at the top of the heap!) was our very own Mayor Sly James!

“Sly knows how to run a city. Read how our mayor is creating solutions to real-life problems.”

Among his highlighted accomplishments were the Streetcar, the Citizen’s Commission, Google Fiber, Launch KC and the Power and Light Tower.

“We’ve already had development opportunities arise as a result of the streetcar going straight down Main Street,” he says.

“We find ways to get our citizens engaged with city government,” he says, “because we get great ideas from them.”

“Downtown is the heart of the city,” he says. “We’re strengthening our core to be an active place where people of all stripes can come work, play, and live.”

Read all about it! Here: Meet the Mayors



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Accelerate St. Louis!

We’re proud of our neighbors to the east for their success in their Startup Community.

Accelerate St. Louis

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The conference is over but the buzz lives on! The EDC was proud to take part in the 11th Annual National Economic Gardening Conference last weekend at the Downtown Marriott where more than 100 people were in attendance. Presentations focused on entrepreneurial culture and Economic Gardening’s role in building new ecosystems. If you were unable to attend or missed any of the breakout sessions, many of the presentations can be downloaded here – National Economic Gardening Conference.

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