15 Ways to Plug into KC's Tech Scene
Kansas City's tech and innovation community is known for being accessible and collaborative. All you need is an entry point. Here are 13 resources for staying up to date on events and programs, and getting involved, in no particular order:
KCSourceLink | kcsourcelink.com
A one-stop resource for entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses. The calendar is an exhaustive list of what's going on in KC, and their Resource Navigator is super helpful.
Sprint Accelerator | sprintaccel.com
Three months out of the year, the Sprint Accelerator hosts the Techstars program. The rest of the time, it hosts a variety of community events, and it's a great place to cowork for a few hours or a whole day. You never know who you'll run into!
FWD/KC | fwdkc.co
Made for startups and innovators by startups and innovators, FWD/KC is a good way to connect with people online before you meet in person. Whether you're looking for events (they have a really good calendar), want to join the Startup KC Slack channel, or just want to build your knowledge of what's happening in the startup community, this is a great place to start.
Startland News | startlandnews.com
Startland is the authority on all things entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, startups and funding. Not that you could resist the adorable puppy pop-ups asking you to subscribe anyway, but it's worth your while!
Kansas City Developer Conference | kcdc.info
This conference is jam-packed with motivating and useful talks, and it's one of the best places to meet other devs or passionate tech people.
Tech Meetups | meetup.com
There's a reason Meetup's slogan is "Find your people." No matter your niche or expertise, you'll find a user group or peer group in Kansas City on Meetup.
Enterprise Center of Johnson County | ecjc.com
ECJC is an entrepreneurial support organization based in Johnson County, Kansas. Whether you're an entrepreneur or an investor, they've got workshops, mentorship and other resources for you.
1 Million Cups | 1millioncups.com/kansascity
KC is the original home of this weekly meetup, where two startups pitch to the community. It's one of the most welcoming, energetic regular gatherings in KC.
Kansas City Women in Technology | kcwomenintech.org
If you're a woman in tech or want to increase diversity in the industry. KCWiT is an awesome organization to get involved with. They host regular networking and tech training events, some of which are women-only, and they've got great programming to teach young kids to code, too.
KCnext | kcnext.com
KCnext - the Technology Council of Greater Kansas City, is the nonprofit association behind Chute. Their networking events are a good place to connect with decision-makers in the tech industry, and they work to grow and promote the tech industry in Kansas City with a focus on workforce development, policy advocacy and industry access.
SparkLabKC | sparklabkc.com
Early-stage companies can participate in SparkLabKC's 90-day business accelerator designed specifically for Midwestern companies but with a network that stretches to the coasts. Ten companies can participate per session, with up to $18,000 available in seed capital and business services.
Athena League | athenaleague.org
Athena League serves early-stage and established female entrepreneurs. Their monthly VOX series - open to women and men - is not only a good place to network but also has super valuable content for any innovation-minded person.
Think Big Partners | thinkbigpartners.com
Think Big has helped hundreds of startup companies grow and find funding in Kansas City. Plus, their coworking space in the heart of downtown is yet another good place to informally meet others in the community - to date, Think Big is tracking 17,447 "collisions" they've facilitated.
PIPELINE Entrepreneurs | pipelineentrepreneurs.com
Pipeline works with 10-12 high-performance entrepreneurs, or Pipeline Fellows, per year to help grow their companies. The Pipeline network is vast, and their Innovator of the Year event is one of the best of the year in KC.
Digital Sandbox | digitalsandboxkc.com
If you're looking for proof-of-concept support or the right connections to mentors or other valuable services, stop in at Digital Sandbox. They're looking for innovations in IT from early-stage or established companies.