This KC Startup is on a Journey to Support individuals on the Autism Spectrum
Kansas City, Missouri-based startup Routine Success was conceived in 2016, with a focus on helping neurodiverse children thrive in both home and school environments. The idea was simple but powerful: [...]
Digital Sandbox KC Welcomes 5 Innovative Startups into Its Ecosystem
Digital Sandbox KC has announced the acceptance of five new startups joining its program that will each receive up to $20,000 in project funding. These companies have demonstrated exceptional potential [...]
How KC Startup Mpruv Sports Wants to Make Golf, Other Sports More Accessible
Kansas City entrepreneur Mark Lukenbill shares how he leveraged Kansas City’s entrepreneurial resources to launch his startup Mpruv Sports, a sports lesson booking application and social networking platform. Mark [...]
Unwitting Entrepreneur Leverages Comeback KC Ventures to Help More People with Obesity
Courtney Younglove unknowingly had an idea for a tech business but didn’t have the tech know-how. See how UMCK Tech Venture programs like Comeback KC Ventures, UMKC SBDC and Digital Sandbox KC helped her move her idea forward.
4 KC-Area Startups Receive Digital Sandbox KC $20K in Project Funding
Meet the latest startups to receive up to $20,000 each in project funding from Digital Sandbox KC for its first-quarter application cycle for 2023. These four Sandbox companies represent digital solutions around help for supply chain issues, sports education, people with disabilities and mental health.
The UMKC Technology Venture Studio and KC Digital Drive teams celebrated last month Comeback KC Ventures, a program that supported innovations that aim to solve pandemic-related issues, built in just 18 months.
5 Amazing COVID-19 Innovations Created in the Kansas City Area
Through the Comeback KC Ventures program, Whiteboard2Boardroom has focused many of its efforts on supporting the acceleration of COVID-related technologies. Here are 5 Kansas City researchers and physicians working to solve the pandemic’s most pressing and complex problems.
Comeback KC Ventures Announces 2 University Technologies to Receive Support for Developing COVID-19 Innovations
Two UMKC research teams have received proof-of-concept funding support through Comeback KC Ventures, which will allow them take the next step toward bringing their innovations from the university lab to market to solve problems related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
How an Entrepreneur Roundtable Can Add Resilience to Your Startup
Technology Venture Studio’s entrepreneurial roundtables are a place where like-minded founders come together to share lessons learned, strategize toward better outcomes and grow from one another’s successes—and learn from one another’s mistakes.
9 Chances to Turn Up the Heat on Your Innovation or Startup
Check out these 9 opportunities in Kansas City to help you fine tune your business model, test your idea, perfect your pitch to investors, seek your first startup investment or pursue follow-on funding.
The Impact of Digital Sandbox KC for Regional Innovation
Innovation is most vulnerable at the stage between research and revenue. And that’s precisely where Digital Sandbox KC comes in. The 2022 Impact Report tells the story of how project-funding for Kansas City innovations has yielded economic impact for KC founders and for our region.
MTC has awarded more than $1 million in grant funding to support startups and entrepreneurship via its MOBEC program. Digital Sandbox KC and LaunchKC are among the seven statewide awardees, which will use the grants to advance technology, innovation and jobs in Missouri.
3 Actionable Steps to Support KC’s Black Women in Tech
Six Black women tech founders — who run businesses focused on everything from telehealth to digital clothing measurements — shared practical insights on how KC can bolster its tech industry through better engagement and promotion of Black women.
KC Startup Builds Water Management Solution with Global Impact
NEER – named aptly as the word for “water” in multiple Indian languages – uses machine learning to analyze a city’s water infrastructure and identify leaks, predict failures and help officials prioritize maintenance of their drinking water, sewer and stormwater systems.
Whiteboard2Boardroom is looking for people interested in engaging with the exciting innovative technologies developing across the region. Stay up-to-date with new technologies and see how your skills can help fledgling innovations succeed.
Whiteboard2Boardroom Company Recognized by University of Missouri Chancellor
iSocial was one of several startups honored by University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander Cartwright at a luncheon Oct. 11 in Columbia. Bob Etzel was recognized for his role in helping commercialize the iSocial classroom program developed by Dr. Janine Stichter of MU’s Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
Funding for Early-Stage Companies in KC: Top 5 Takeaways from the Sandbox Investor Event
We spent the final day of Summer in the Sand at the Sprint Accelerator with some of the key players and connectors in early-stage funding in the Kansas City region. Here are the top five nuggets of knowledge that we learned about investors and startup funding in KC:
“Our partnership with Digital Sandbox KC has given us an opportunity to capture the full range of innovative concepts being developed in the St. Joseph area,” said Ronan Molloy, president of Innovation Stockyard.
From a virtual learning platform for kids on the autism spectrum to a St. Joe-based startup making unique cocktail bitters, the startups in the Sandbox are a great example of the diversity and creativity of this region’s entrepreneurs. Meet the four new companies to join the Sandbox.
KC Startup Investors On Tap for Summer in the Sand
We know that the more connected early-stage entrepreneurs are to each other and to the startup resources the more likely they are to succeed. This is especially true when you’re ready to raise capital for your startup. Meet the panel of funders on tap for the Summer in the Sand event on September 19 at the Sprint Accelerator.
From helping students prepare for college to analyzing voting records to predict legislative outcomes, the startups in the Sandbox are a great example of the diversity and creativity of this region’s entrepreneurs. Meet the four new companies to join the Sandbox.
6 Reasons Why You Should Attend Summer in the Sand
We get it—it’s hard to take time away from work. Your busy hustling, often running a side-hustle in addition to a full-time job. But sometimes you have to break away from work in order to get to work and sharpen your skills. Summer in the Sand offers four (free!) events tailored to the needs of early-stage companies in Kansas City.
Kansas City Startup PerfectCube Solves Problems from the Inside Out
As PerfectCube developed into more of a startup than just a side project, co-founders Mark Calhoun and Jim Starcev did what any good Kansas City tech startup should do—they brought their idea to Digital Sandbox KC.
Digital Sandbox KC Funded 100 Startups (When the Goal Was Just 10)
It’s been five years since we launched our “startup” —Digital Sandbox KC. We had the unique challenge of funding 10 early-stage companies that could use our project development funding to significantly move their idea forward. Instead of just 10, we found 100 . . . and we’re still growing.
TradeLanes winner of the World Agri-Tech Pitch Day and The Radicle Challenge
Ag-tech start-up TradeLanes has been announced as the winner of the World Agri-Tech 2018 Pitch Day, which this year partnered with acceleration fund Radicle Growth to create The Radicle Challenge, an unprecedented $250,000 investment opportunity for the winner.
Acre Designs prefab option for homes ravaged by California fires
Prefab offers a chance to have a state-of-the-art home, like those from Acre Designs, a start-up in Mountain View, Calif., offering a net-zero-energy home “so you practically never have to use a heating system or a cooling system.”
Mobility Designed raises nearly $900K from iiM, local investors
The seed round for Kansas City-based Mobility Designed is approaching seven figures following the support of a local investment firm. Overland Park-based Innovation in Motion (iiM) recently joined the medical device startup’s round, which is approaching $900,000 and comprised mostly of individual investors.
The Innovation Stockyard announced two St. Joseph new companies to recieve funding through the recent partnership with Digital Sandbox KC. “In less, than a year, we’ve found three high-growth St. Joseph businesses to support and we know there are many more to come,” said Ronan Molloy, president of the Innovation Stockyard.
Digital Sandbox KC has worked with more than 500 entrepreneurs and supported 96 proof-of-concept projects. If you’re thinking if bringing your innovative tech idea to the Sandbox (and you should!) here are the top five things Kansas City entrepreneurs ask when applying for a project support and that you should know about the Sandbox:
Helping Children with Autism is “Routine Success” in Kansas City
Two Whiteboard2Boardroom companies are collaborating to develop a product that helps young people with ADHC and high-functioning autism. Nascent Stage Development now owns the rights to develop Routine Success, a smartphone-based app developed by Kansas City businessman Matt Gunter.
MU online curriculum helps children with autism develop better social skills
One in 68 children in the United States has some form of autism spectrum disorder, which impairs a child’s ability to communicate and interact. Because of the social challenges these children face, many efforts are being made to find new ways to help children with autism grow their social skills. iSocial, a classroom curriculum designed by University of Missouri researchers to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) cultivate better social skills, has been licensed by Nascent Stage Development LLC to develop the program into an expansive, online virtual world. Nascent will contract with other online educational companies to make the lessons available to millions of families and educators globally.
Digital Sandbox KC is where ideas take shape. For many startups, innovators and disruptors, it is the starting point in the Kansas City region, providing that critical step and just-in-time funding that turns viable ideas into scalable innovations.
Digital Sandbox KC Companies Continue to Scale as Program Expands
Digital Sandbox KC is where ideas take shape. For many startups, innovators and disrupters, it is the starting point in the Kansas City region, providing that critical step and just-in-time funding that turns viable ideas into scalable innovations.
Digital Sandbox KC is teaming up with cities across the metro to expand into new areas and markets. Through partnerships with the cities of Olathe, Independence and St. Joseph, the Sandbox program offers project funding and coworking space for entrepreneurs in those cities. Here are a few of the companies who have found their start in the Sandbox program in their city:
Digital Sandbox, Innovation Stockyard offer funding, support for St. Joseph entrepreneurs
Digital Sandbox KC and the Innovation Stockyard are looking for early-stage entrepreneurs in St. Joseph who need a little help launching their products and services. Applications are open now for the next round of Digital Sandbox’s St. Joseph program. It’s designed for companies with the potential to achieve big growth quickly.
After a successful first round of project reviews, Digital Sandbox KC is accepting applications from entrepreneurs in the St. Joseph area with scalable business concepts that can grow quickly and create a high volume of jobs.
Thanks to the partnership between Digital Sandbox KC and the City of Independence and the Independence Economic Development Council, Drones4Hire and Hidden Abilities are the two new companies to receiving funding.
Digital Sandbox KC continues to expand its network – this time by partnering with a St. Joseph-based startup Toss It Curbside. With Toss It Curbside, customers can leave unwanted objects on the curb, and the startup will find a way to get those things to a charity or a recycler.
HomeGrown & Happy Provides an Innovative Way to Experience New Flavors
The first company to receive funding from the Independence program, HomeGrown & Happy is working with the Independence iNtech Growth Program to launch this innovative platform to help food enthusiasts bring the flavors of grandma’s cooking and home-canning to everyone’s doorstep.
From booking travel to monitoring cattle, the newest Digital Sandbox KC companies represent a diverse range of startups in the region.
“We continue to be amazed by the quality and creativity of Kansas City companies,” said Jeff Shackelford, director of Digital Sandbox KC. “Now, through our partnerships with Olathe, Independence, St. Joseph and Great Plains Energy, we have the opportunity to help even more early-stage entrepreneurs.”
Funding and Coworking Space for Northwest Missouri Startups
St. Joseph gained national recognition in 2016 for being a top metro for startup growth. Now, thanks to a partnership between Digital Sandbox KC, Innovation Stockyard and other St. Joseph partners, entrepreneurs in northwest Missouri will have a shared work space and funding to pursue their startup business plans.
Why would KC want to build the next Silicon Valley?
Jeff weighs in on Sarah McBride’s Bloomberg article “Why It’s So Hard to Build the Next Silicon Valley” and subtitled “Google brought its high-speed internet to Kansas City, but it didn’t turn the city into a tech paradise.”
When we launched the Sandbox, our stated goal was to improve the quantity and quality of early-stage startups in Kansas City to drive new business starts and create new jobs. Our latest impact study shows we’re continuing to fulfill that mission. We couldn’t be prouder.
Overland Park, Kansas-based investor group Innovation in Motion (iiM) announced backing for Kansas City startup (and Sandbox company) Mobility Designed.
Since Digital Sandbox KC funding in 2015, Mobility Designed has secured more than $800,000 in follow-on funding.
Digital Sandbox KC and the City of Olathe are continuing their efforts to drive entrepreneurship and new business starts in Olathe with proof-of-concept funding and new co-working space at the Kansas State University Olathe Campus.
Our Summer in the Sand series is turning five and we’ve got BIG plans! Learn from the experts about the hottest topics in the Kansas City entrepreneurship scene. Make valuable connections and collaborate with startups from across the region.
Six new companies joined the Sandbox cohort, including the first startups to receive funding through the new Energy Sandbox and as part of the Sandbox’s partnership with the City of Independence, Missouri.
With continued support through partnerships, like Independence, Olathe and Great Plains Energy for the Energy Sandbox, Digital Sandbox KC is increasing the quantity and quality of early-stage entrepreneurs across the […]
Whiteboard2Boardroom hosted its first Technology Snapshots event featuring 12 homegrown innovations from eight universities, hospitals and corporations. The event was held Jan. 11 at the Kauffman Foundation for a select, […]
Digital Sandbox KC wrapped up 2016 with two new companies for the Sandbox. Both startups are using innovative technology to get people “moving,” addressing the onerous task of hiring a moving company and using hip hop to encourage physical activity.
Digital Sandbox KC Companies Selects Four New Companies
While the echoes of Kansas City TechWeek are still fresh, Digital Sandbox KC proudly announces four new innovative companies for the Sandbox. These latest recipients of proof-of-concept support are working on challenges in trucking, nursing retention, identity verification and no-shows.
Proof-of-Concept Funding and Space for Independence Startups
Digital Sandbox KC, a highly successful proof-of-concept program, the City of Independence and the Independence Economic Development Council are teaming up to help early-stage entrepreneurs in Independence.
Diverse Innovations Mark Three New Digital Sandbox KC Companies
From autism routines to social events to customer surveys, the newest Digital Sandbox KC companies represent a diverse range of startup companies. These new companies are just the latest examples of innovations in Kansas City that have been selected for proof-of-concept funding support.
DIGITAL SANDBOX KC SELECTS SIX MORE COMPANY FOR EARLY-STAGE SUPPORT
Six additional companies joined Digital Sandbox KC in December, bringing the number of proof-of-concept projects funded to 20 for 2015. The newest recruits are Training for REAL, Miles, UpDown NightLife, PlanITimpact, Edcoda and League Ally.
Whiteboard2Boardroom is being recognized in Techweek’s listing of the top 100 most distinguished organizations in Kansas City. The leading organizations were selected by the Techweek community, Techweek Advisory Boards, and […]
UMKC E-SCHOLARS AND DIGITAL SANDBOX FUND THREE STARTUPS
Three promising entrepreneurs from UMKC’s E-Scholars program have secured funding support through a partnership between the program and the Digital Sandbox KC. The partnership gives E-Scholars participants a direct route […]
Today, Mayor Sly James gave his infamous State of the City Address, commemorating the strides Kansas City has made in: efficiency, employment, education, and enforcement. He emphasized the importance of our […]
Digital Sandbox KC will once again offer proof-of-concept support to entrepreneurs, thanks to assistance from the Missouri Technology Corp., the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Henry W. Bloch School of Business at University of Missouri – Kansas City and other local corporations.
Knoda Secures Investment from University of Missouri Students
Allen Angel Capital Education Program Invests $50,000 in Prediction-Tracking Startup Knoda (NODE-uh) announced Wednesday that the startup has secured $50,000 in funding from the University of Missouri Trulaske College of […]
Knoda Makes Predicting Social with New Groups Feature
Knoda announced Tuesday the release of a new Groups feature to allow users to make predictions privately within their social circles. The feature is immediately available throughKnoda.com and Knoda’s iPhone and Android mobile applications
DIGITAL SANDBOX KC COMPANIES RAISE $7 MILLION IN LESS THAN ONE YEAR
New model serves early-stage businesses by providing key resources, funding specific projects KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 4, 2014) — Digital Sandbox KC announced today it has successfully helped 19 start-up […]
Six additional companies have been approved for proof-of-concept projects through Digital Sandbox KC advisory team. Digital Sandbox KC provides proof-of-concept resources to support early-stage commercialization processes. Since February Digital Sandbox […]
Knoda has hired startup veteran Adam England as the firm’s chief technology officer. England’s responsibilities will include architecture design, roadmap prioritization and leading the development staff.
Tune Takeout Signs Live Recording Deal with Blues Sensation Samantha Fish
Samantha Fish of the European based record label, Ruf Records (www.rufrecords.de ) has signed with Tune Takeout to record, sell and distribute digital recordings of select live music performances. The first performance to be […]
Knoda, a Kansas City-based company, released an iPhone application today that allows users to make predictions about anything. Knoda encourages friendly competition around the already-pervasive action of predicting the future.
ShotTracker, The Latest in Basketball Innovation, Improves Shooting Performance
For years, cyclists and runners have relied on devices to measure performance and track their improvement, but basketball technology has lagged behind. Until now, that is. ShotTracker is the first piece of affordable, wearable technology for basketball players who want to improve their shooting performance.
Eight More Innovative Companies Selected for Assistance by Digital Sandbox KC
Eight more companies have joined the ranks of innovative Kansas City entrepreneurs selected for resources and assistance by Digital Sandbox KC. These companies will receive early-stage proof of concept support to help bring their ideas to commercialization.
Digital Sandbox Approves Funding for Four More Innovations
The Digital Sandbox KC advisory board has approved four more innovations for proof-of-concept funding and support. To date the program has worked with more than 100 innovative companies throughout the […]
Digital Sandbox KC Announces Leadership, Processes
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Digital Sandbox KC, an unprecedented partnership among private companies, universities, entrepreneurial support organizations and government agencies across the Kansas City region, today announced key details of the effort to spur development of local IT-related start-up businesses.