Our programs exist to encourage interactions, education, and storytelling within the community.

Startland News is a nonprofit, digital publication telling stories of Kansas City's most innovative people and ideas from all corners of the community. Startland News' goal is to elevate a spectrum of startups, creatives, and risk-takers through storytelling that explores the highs, lows and promise of the entrepreneur experience.

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KCSFedu is an education-focused program aimed at redesigning the student experience and building a more robust entrepreneurial talent pipeline in Kansas City.

Startup Crawl KC is an annual one-night event showcasing KC’s startup community during First Fridays in Crossroads. Attendees circulate between a variety of creative spaces to meet startups, network and enjoy food, drinks and live music.

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MECA Challenge is a one-day innovation competition designed to build an entrepreneurial mindset in area high school students. The event promotes collaboration across sectors as an industry partner presents a real-world problem to students who, with the guidance of entrepreneur mentors, work in teams to design and pitch solutions.

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#Back2KC brings together a curated group of high-level, high-growth tech, consulting and capital markets professionals who are KC natives or went to school in the greater Kansas City region. The goal of this multi-day event is to reconnect the participants to KC and expose them to KC’s growth-stage innovation ecosystem, vibrant business environment and captivating culture and cultivate relationships throughout the year.


Innovation Exchange, often referred to as IXKC for short, is a monthly event hosted by Startland News consisting of fireside chats and panel discussions with entrepreneur community newsmakers. Topics vary based on community trends and news.

Startups to Watch is an annual list published in Startland News and associated event to recognize and celebrate progressive Kansas City startups who are anticipated to have banner years.

Top VC-Backed Companies is an annual list published in Startland News and associated event to recognize and celebrate every Kansas City-area company that has raised at least $1 million, has an institutional investor and has raised an investment round within the last three years.