October 18, 2012
Amanda Schnieders, Kauffman Foundation
Kansas City Startup Community Begins in Startup Village
If you build it, they will come. Interestingly enough, this Field of Dreams saying no longer applies just to baseball fields in Iowa. It also has a place in entrepreneurship here in Kansas City. One startup’s presence in Hanover Heights has now drawn several other entrepreneurial endeavors, leading the area to be called the KC Startup Village.
Some say it’s best for a subculture of a society to begin organically, whether it’s an arts district, bar scene or a community of entrepreneurs. And that’s exactly what has started in Kansas City.
With Google promising Google Fiber to the Hanover Heights fiberhood first, it’s no wonder that this might be a good place to locate or relocate a startup endeavor. With Leap2, a mobile search app, and Local Ruckus, a site for discovering and sharing local events going on in the area, making their home in Hanover Heights, it was only a matter of time before word of this activity got out. And got out it did, indeed. Now two other startups, Form Zapper and EyeVerify, have bunkered down in the same area, and SquareOffs will be joining them soon.
Startup Village is welcoming other like-minded startups to “join the movement and help build the community” of entrepreneurs in Kansas City. You can check out their website in order to get in contact with the group, and learn more information.
With Google Fiber construction starting sometime this month, it’s only a matter of time before more startups make their way over to Startup Village. If you build it, they will come.