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University Of Missouri, Kansas City


Kansas City, MO

Project Name

Comeback KC Ventures: SPRINTing to COVID Solutions in the Kansas City Region

Award Amount

Federal Share

Local Match



The University of Missouri will lead the Comeback KC Ventures project, which will unite the Kansas City region’s community-based public health, digital equity and education efforts with the regional technology entrepreneurial ecosystem to support the development of early-stage technology-driven interventions that can respond to these needs.

Kansas City will sprint toward 10 new businesses, 30 new jobs, $5 million in follow-on funding in an 18-month period that will start local and stay local to solve problems that COVID-19 has raised.

This project will be led by the UMKC Innovation Center in partnership with KC Digital Drive, combining the business-building strengths of UMKC IC with the community engagement and discovery processes of KCDD, the project will:

  • Uncover COVID-related community needs in education, healthcare and digital equity
  • Identify technology-based solutions to those needs
  • Create an expanding regiment of Venture Fellows, entrepreneurs that receive needed support to rapidly develop solutions to meet these opportunities
  • Connect Venture Fellows with civic and community leaders to align product-market fit
  • Provide much-needed, early-stage proof-of-concept support to move ideas toward commercialization in the market
  • Place a strong emphasis on developing minority- and women-business owners

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Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE)

Build To Scale (B2S)
formerly Regional Innovation Strategies Program (RIS)

SPRINT Challenge

STEM Talent Challenge

Accelerate R2 Network Challenge

National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE)

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