Digital Sandbox KC Releases New Impact Report
Digital Sandbox KC has released its 2023 Impact Report, which tells the story of how up to $20,000 in project-funding for each of its 180 Kansas City innovations has yielded economic impact for KC founders and for our region.
“Digital Sandbox KC helps fill a key piece of the early-stage funding life cycle, when founders are still finding their footing and working through proof of concept. We depend on programs like the Sandbox to cultivate the green shoots of our innovation ecosystem,” says Dan Kerr, Partner at Flyover Capital.
In 2022, the most recent year of data, Digital Sandbox KC invested in 21 new startups, bringing the total number of Sandbox companies to 180. Of those 180 companies, 84% have gone on to raise follow-on funding. In total, Sandbox companies have raised $220 million in additional capital.
Digital Sandbox KC is committed to ensuring diversity in entrepreneurship, innovation and tech education. To date, 43% of the companies Digital Sandbox KC has invested in have a founding team with a person of color, and 51% of Sandbox companies have a women founder.
Download and read the 2023 Digital Sandbox KC Report here.
Sign up for Product Development Advice with Expert Charlotte Clark
Product Development Office Hours offer a unique opportunity for early-stage founders to tap into the knowledge and expertise of a seasoned software engineer and product manager. As a product development expert, Charlotte can provide invaluable guidance and advice on a range of product topics, which includes, idea validation, software design and development, hiring and building a product team and strategy around your product launch and market fit.
Whether you are in the stage of building or launching your product, Charlotte can help you to identify areas for improvement, optimize your processes and create a long-term strategy to ensure your product’s success in your market.
Schedule a session with Charlotte (Thursdays, 12 – 5 p.m.)
Sound Bytes: From Corporate to Startup
Our June Sound Bytes panel, From Corporate to Startup, will be a panel discussion on transitioning from a corporate career to starting your own company.
The panel will feature Jeff Wigh, founder and CEO of Bryght Labs; Chuck Schneider, founder and CEO of Redpoint Summit; and Kimberly Gandy, founder and CEO of Play-It Health. The event is 3:30 p.m Tuesday, June 20.
Click here to register for the event.
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Interested in learning more about this technology? Sign up to meet with the research team 2-3 p.m. on July 18. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the meeting.
Join Our Next How to Pitch to the Sandbox Session!
Have a tech startup idea ready for a funding boost? Join us for our virtual How to Pitch to the Sandbox, where we'll walk you through, step-by-step, what goes into an effective startup pitch deck.
You'll leave the session more informed about the Sandbox process and have the opportunity to connect with our team. The event is 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 11.
Click here to register for the event.
America's Seed Fund Road Tour is Coming to Kansas City
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s America’s Seed Fund Road Tour is coming to Kansas City, Missouri on July 19 as part of a five-stop Midwest tour to connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to the country’s largest source of non-dilutive, early-stage funding.
Register for the event today.
Are you interested in learning more about Digital Sandbox KC? You can book a meeting with the Sandbox team to learn more about the program.
Interested in applying for one of the lucrative SBIR or STTR research grants offered by the federal government? The SBIR Bootcamp may be right for you. The two-day boot camp will lead you through the process of developing an SBIR or STTR grant proposal. The
event is July 13 and July 14. Attendance on both days is required for participation.
Sign up for Startland News' inaugural Startups to Watch Summer Series — an afternoon lunch and learn designed to help you overcome challenges that come with running a growth stage company. The first session on June 22 will uncover the pros and cons of nondisclosure agreements in the startup space — what they are, how they work and what they do and don't accomplish.
Valuing Startups: More Art than Science is the third of four sessions in a multi-part series on equity being held this summer hosted by the Enterprise Center in Johnson County. Learn the differences between convertible notes, SAFEs, preferred equity and crowdfunding and what the term sheet means to you as either an investor or a startup. The event is July 18.
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