Kansas City, Kauffman Foundation Create Pathways for Entrepreneurs During Global Entrepreneurship Week USA 

Jessica Wray Bradner | November 21, 2016
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During Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Kauffman Foundation, which launched GEW nine years ago, hosted a variety of events in its hometown with other entrepreneurial support organizations. Kansas City mobilized its entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and support organizations during GEW to celebrate the community’s entrepreneurial spirit and raise awareness about the resources for startups in the area.

GEW Kansas City, sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation and KCSourceLink, hosted more than 100 events from Nov. 10 to Nov. 22, ranging from a variety of programs and initiatives. Workshops and panel discussions covered industry and sector topics from health and tech to navigating tax and regulatory issues.

Global Entrepreneurship Week began with a GEW Coffee Kickoff across the city, in more than 15 different locations. Also on the first day of the celebration, the State of the Kansas City Nonprofit Sector was held at the Kauffman Foundation’s Conference Center – where the Midwest Center shares their findings regarding the opportunities, needs and challenges that confront the nonprofit sector, its people and its organizations today.

GEW Kansas City utilized social media and hashtags #GEW2016, #GEWKCgo and #GEWKC during the week to promote local events. KCSourceLink hosted a GEWKC photo contenst, with 10 prizes valued at $100 each.

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, entrepreneurs, investors and community members met for a social event designed to build bridges with those in the investment community at the Kansas City GEW Venture Lounge. Kansas City also hosted an event, “Scaling Up With Verne Harnish: How a Few Companies Make It … and Why the Rest Don’t.”

The Kauffman Foundation released its annual Main Street Reports during Global Entrepreneurship Week. The report found that Main Street entrepreneurship activity in the United States trended upward for 38 or the 40 largest metros in 2016 – with the top five areas being Pittsburgh, Boston, Portland, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Activity was particularly high in the Northeast, Midwest and in some areas of the West Coast. 

Jessica Wray Bradner
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