Join Kansas City’s leaders in business, technology and higher education. Be among the first to hear a major announcement about the Digital Sandbox – a hub that will help techies develop and test new technologies for commercialization. It’s efforts like these that will drive growth in the local and regional economy and put Kansas City on track to become America’s Most Entrepreneurial City.

To register for the event and find out more about the Digital Sandbox – an unprecedented collaboration between government, business and higher education – click here.

1:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 1
Union Station
30 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Vic & Helen Regnier Extreme Screen Theater

This UMKC-led consortium is one of the winning teams in the third round of the federal i6 Challenge. The i6 Challenge is a multi-agency federal grant that encourages and rewards innovative, groundbreaking ideas that accelerate technology commercialization, new venture formation, job creation, and economic growth across the United States. The awards are highly competitive and only one award is made in each of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Agency’s multi-state regions.

Consortium leaders anticipate that the Digital Sandbox will generate a minimum of 10 new high-growth companies with either follow-on funding or at least $1 million in revenue each within two years of the launch.

“This grant reinforces Kansas City’s position as ‘America’s Most Entrepreneurial City’ and the key role that the Innovation Center and UMKC play in achieving and maintaining that status,” said Leo E. Morton, UMKC Chancellor. “We are extremely grateful to the local private sector partners who are contributing financial and personnel resources to this important effort, including Sprint, Hallmark, VML, RareWire, Cerner and UMB. We are also extremely grateful for $500,000 in concept support from the State of Missouri through the Missouri Technology Corporation, which has been a critical component of this effort.”

For more about the Digital Sandbox – an unprecedented collaboration between government, business and higher education – click here.