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Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Rooted in history, our region is continuing to break barriers. KC features a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem where innovation is embraced. Kansas City was the first Gigabit connected region, and as a result, a host of digital entrepreneurs formed StartUp Village.  

From this community emerged several successful companies including blooom, a financial services company now worth $1B, EyeVerify, a digital security firm that recently exited from startup status to become part of the AliBaba family, and Machine Halo, a national leader in public safety technology development. Kansas City is home to C2FO who made the list of Forbes Fintech 50 for the second year in a row in 2016. Check out some resources used by local entrepreneurs to succeed.

The KC region has an ecosystem that includes multiple cities that partner with and support tech startups through grants, pitch competitions, and partnerships with large firms in ongoing work. Other large firms like Cisco, Black and Veatch and H&R Block have acquired startups from this community to increase the pace of innovation in their firms. It's easy to tap into this network of innovation and grow.

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