Digital Sandbox KC Releases 2024 Impact Report  Showing How It Has Fueled Kansas City’s Tech Pipeline

Digital Sandbox KC Releases 2024 Impact Report  Showing How It Has Fueled Kansas City’s Tech Pipeline

Digital Sandbox KC, celebrating 10 years of empowering startups, has released its 2024 Impact Report, which tells the story of how more than $3.8 million in project-funding to more than 200 Kansas City innovations has yielded economic impact for KC founders and for our region. 

“Since the start of Digital Sandbox KC in 2013, we’ve witnessed the remarkable evolution of ideas into game-changing innovations that have reshaped industries and transformed lives,” says Maria Meyers, executive director of the UMKC Innovation Center, which is home to Digital Sandbox KC and other entrepreneur support organizations.As we celebrate 10 years of progress, we also embrace the responsibility to continue nurturing innovation, driving positive change and unlocking the limitless potential of our tech community for generations.”  

As of the start of 2024, Digital Sandbox KC has awarded project funding to 203 companies. Of those companies, 84% have gone on to raise follow-on funding. In total, Sandbox companies have raised $243 million in additional capital.

Digital Sandbox KC is committed to ensuring diversity in entrepreneurship, innovation and tech education. To date, 35% of the companies Digital Sandbox KC has invested in have a founding team with a person of color, and 42% of Sandbox companies have a woman founder.

“As we mark 10 years of pivotal support, Digital Sandbox KC continues to play a crucial role in the startup journey when startups are at an early stage where failure is common and funding is scarce, says Jill Meyer, director of Technology Venture Studio, which houses Digital Sandbox KC. “We offer vital resources that help new businesses overcome challenges and achieve market success.”

Digital Sandbox KC accepts new applications on a rolling basis and funds projects every quarter.  Visit techventurestudiokc.com/digital-sandbox for more information and to apply.

Download and read our 2024 Digital Sandbox KC Report here.