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Mapping the KC IT Galaxy

In Kansas City, Kansas City Business Journal, Kauffman, KCBJ, startups, Uncategorized on July 5, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Last month Swiss Professor Heike Mayer mapped out the rich history of Kansas City’s nearly 600 tech firms and institutions. The data funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation shows Kansas City’s vast entrepreneurial development over the past 50-plus years. More than 200 entrepreneurs provided data through an online survey Mayer conducted between 2012 and 2013.

A History of Kansas City Tech Companies


Mayer’s research shows that around a dozen firms and institutions—including the University of Kansas, Sprint, Marion Laboratories, MRI Global, Perceptive Software, UMKC and Cerner—have produced a majority of the IT and bio sciences companies in the Kansas City region.

The survey responses also gave interesting insight into entrepreneurial opportunities  in the Kansas City area:

  • 70 percent of Kansas City entrepreneurs used personal savings to launch their start-ups, while just 9.4 percent accessed venture capital. They cited difficulties in accessing capital locally, as well as local shortages of technology, marketing and sales talent.
  • Advantages of the region include informal local access to innovative people, ideas and technologies, as well as supportive local entrepreneurship organizations and initiatives.
  • Respondents gave mentors who give advice the highest rating (52.5 percent) as sources of new ideas for Kansas City entrepreneurs; customers and users followed at 43.8 percent.

Can you spot your own company in the Tech Galaxy?

Mayer considers the Tech Galaxy Map to be an ongoing process and encourages local companies to provide their own data. The form is available here.


Get Ready for Ultra High-Speed Broadband, Kansas City

In broadband, fiber optics, Google, IT, IT news, IT/IS, Kansas City, Kauffman, KCNext, KU Med, trends on March 30, 2011 at 11:50 am

Today on Google’s official blog, the multi-national public corporation declared it has selected Kansas City, KS to be the recipient of their ultra high-speed network.

Last year Google announced this new project – “to provide a community with Internet access more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today” – in an attempt to make the web better for users. Reportedly, nearly 1,100 cities “felt the need for speed” and responded to the project.

“In selecting a city, our goal was to find a location where we could build efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop relationships with local government and community organizations. We’ve found this in Kansas City. We’ll be working closely with local organizations including the Kauffman Foundation, KCNext and the University of Kansas Medical Center to help develop the gigabit applications of the future.”

But what does this development mean for Kansas City as the transformation from traditional broadband to ultra high-speed fiber optic connections? Will the city explode as the epicenter for all things IT?

We’re excited to see what the future brings.