Digital Sanbox KC

Igniting regional innovation, Digital Sandbox KC acts as a catalyst, offering critical proof-of-concept funding, project feedback and industry support.

What is Digital Sandbox KC?

Digital Sandbox KC is a program that provides proof-of-concept support to early-stage technology projects. It’s a public-private partnership aimed at fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in the Kansas City region. The program offers project funding, mentorship and resources to startups and entrepreneurs working on tech-driven ideas.

We take pride in being a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship, contributing not only to the economic landscape of our community but also to the broader landscape of technological advancements and groundbreaking ideas.

How it works

Our application process is designed to help you showcase your business concept and secure funding. Curious about what makes a successful pitch to the Sandbox? Download our “How to Pitch to the Sandbox” deck here.

Submit your idea through our online application. Our application will have you provide a comprehensive overview of your business concept, outlining key features, market potential, unique value proposition and more.

If your application is selected, you’ll have the opportunity to pitch your idea in person to our evaluation team with deep expertise in working with early-stage companies.

Following pitches, all presentations are scored and ranked by the same criteria. Funding decisions are made quarterly, and are based on rigorous evaluation standards to ensure fairness and transparency.

Companies Awarded

202

Follow-on Funding

$220M+

New Jobs Created

1,300+

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What Our Founders Say

Celebrating 10 years of success

Since its inception in 2013, Digital Sandbox KC has been at the forefront of fostering innovation and driving economic growth in the Kansas City region.

Over the last 10 years, the program has provided vital project development funding to 202 startups. Following Sandbox funding, these startups have gone on to raise a total of more than $220 million in follow-on funding.

Read the Digital Sandbox KC 2023 Impact Report.

Ready to accelerate your startup journey? Apply to Digital Sandbox KC and unlock project funding, mentorship and resources for your startup.

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