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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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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Smart Growth America

LaunchKC is happy to be part of the movement to make startups feel at home in KC!

Smart Growth America

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Join us on Monday, Jan. 14, for an information session about the Missouri Technology Corporation’s (MTC) IDEA Funds.

Bill Anderson, acting executive director, and Andrew Smolik, senior associate for MTC, will explain the Missouri IDEA Fund programs and outline the application process.

The funding cycle for the third quarter of fiscal year 2013 is now open with the application period closing on Feb. 4.

MTC will allocate up to $3.8 million to Missouri firms across three IDEA Fund programs.

The info session will take place from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center Kansas City Room 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO  64110


Register here!

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Mayor Sly James attended the launch party for Rarewire, an app creation company co-founded by Kirk Hasenzahl and Matt Angell. Hasenzahl was presented the first entrepreneurial challenge coin from Mayor Sly James at the launch party.

In addition to celebrating their public launch “by throwing a ridiculous party”, Rarewire has been giving free classes on building native mobile apps using their platform and their own programming language at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Rarewire also plans to launch their Andriod engine, which will allow designers using their platform to instantly publish to iOS and Andriod.

Rarewire celebrates App Creation Studio Launch

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