There are a plethora of entrepreneurial events hosted in Kansas City on a weekly basis. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, investor, supporter, or curious community member — we recommend these upcoming events for you.
Are you hosting a relevant community event? Feel free to add it to the FWD/KC calendar for increased exposure. Once your event is submitted, it will quickly get reviewed and then published to the calendar.
Conquer for Good Connect
When: Aug. 8, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Will & Grail
Fueled by the frustration of trying to find an easy way to use their talents as volunteers, Brent Lager and Brent Lobdell launched The Call KC to connect compassionate individuals and groups of volunteers with local organizations in need of their time and talents. Now in its fourth year, The Call KC has helped nearly 10,000 volunteers find meaningful opportunities to give back. Brent Lager will tell the story of the organization’s evolution and future plans for growth and expansion. Come hear Brent’s story and stay for conversations and cocktails. Please register to reserve your spot. It’s free!
KC Coworking Day
When: Aug. 9, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Plexpod Westport CommonsHelp us set the world record for the most number of people co-working in one place at one time. The Kansas City Coworking Alliance is sponsoring a day of Coworking, Connecting and Colliding to celebrate all that is great about Coworking in Kansas City.
We’ll start out supporting startups at 1 Million Cups then set the coworking global record. Food trucks, games, and music will help you connect and collide over lunch in the courtyard. Don’t miss out on being a part of this important day in KC. You just never know who you might meet.
9:00-10:00am – 1 Million Cups in the Medallion Theater
10:00-10:45am – Prep to set the world’s record, welcome & guidelines
10:45-11:15am – Set the coworking world’s record!
11:15am -1:00pm – Connecting & colliding over lunch/games/music/ice cream in the courtyard (or you can keep coworking in the breakout rooms or annex)
Note: you can arrive before or after 1 Million Cups. Check-in when you arrive with one of the KC Coworking Alliance team members. We will be wearing the red t-shirts. #KCCoworkingDay | #Coworking | #KCCoworking
When: Aug. 11,
Where: Village Square Coworking Studio
Come to Second Fridays at Village Square Coworking Studio!
Second Fridays is a casual, fun gathering for the startup community to connect on a monthly basis with no agenda except good times.
We’ll provide games & cards (bags if it’s nice). This event is BYOB with a twist – bring a 6-pack of your favorite beer to share and we’re going to have a “beer potluck” cooler. We’ll ice down everyone’s beer and have quite the selection to choose from!get to know someone over a brew!
We’d also encourage you to bring an instrument if you play. What better way to end your week than with a jam session?!
Feel free to stop by anytime after 4:30pm. We’ll hang out until everyone leaves (unless it gets ridiculous).
No RSVP necessary, just come on by!
Don’t miss out on the events that happen every week at the same time, in the same place.
Code for KC Hack Night
Mondays from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Sprint Accelerator
Hammerspace Open House
Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Hammerspace
1 Million Cups
Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at Kauffman Foundation, Lawrence and KC Live Stream
How to Do Business with the City (Kansas City)
When: Aug. 15, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Human Relations Department, City Hall
Please join City Hall facilitators to discuss how to do business with the City of Kansas City, MO. This workshop is offered the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.
Verge/Powderkeg Pitch Night Kansas City
When: Aug. 15, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Lifted Spirits
Did you hear the news? The community formerly known as Verge is now a new product company—Powderkeg. We are bringing Powderkeg pitch night back to where it all started.
This venue dates back to the 1880’s when it once served as a horse stable. Located in the Crossroads Art District, Lifted Spirits has reinvigorated this area with culture and community.
PITCH NIGHT, SHARK-TANK STYLE
If you’ve never experienced a pitch night, now’s your opportunity to catch 3 of the most exciting companies in the Midwest. Each startup will have just 5 minutes on stage to pitch their startup—no exceptions.
Coworking Wednesdays 2017
When: Aug. 16, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Sprint Accelerator
You’re probably already out (attending 1 Million Cups) – why go back to your usual office? Or maybe you haven’t found a good way to dip into the KC startup scene and need to shake things up! Spend the day with your extended network and meet some awesome new people working from the Sprint Accelerator and ECJC. Keep the conversations going, learn something new with our added content and get your work done in the process! Social: @SprintAccel #powerofKC | @ECJC_KS | #CoworkingWeds Content: This year, we will have even more speaker content thanks to the ECJC’s Marketing Series! The days with a featured topic and speaker are linked to that specific Eventbrite page, so please sign up there for the topics that interest you! Open coworking goes from 10 AM to 4:30 PM every Wednesday and is FREE, but the content is a minimal fee and kicks off at 11:00 AM on those respective Coworking Wednesdays.
The Marketing Series: UX
When: Aug. 16, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Sprint Accelerator
The Marketing Series takes an in-depth look at the science and analytics behind marketing campaigns–from the basics of growth hacking to ins-and-outs of content marketing.
Summer in the Sand Series: Getting a Tech Spec
When: Aug. 16, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Sprint Accelerator
Break out your calendar! You do not want to miss this year’s Summer in the Sand series.
“Every year, Summer in the Sand offers opportunities for entrepreneurs to network with each other and learn from some of the best in the industry,” said Jeff Shackelford, director of the Digital Sandbox KC. “We tailor the content to the needs of the startups we are working with and what we see as the hot topics in the community.”
This year’s edition of Summer in the Sand features:
- June 14: How to Pitch to the Sandbox
- July 12: From Startup to Scale Up
- August 16: Getting a Tech Spec
- September 13: Regional Funding for Early-Stage Companies
All sessions run from 2:30-4:00 p.m. and are held in conjunction with “CoWorking Wednesdays” at the Sprint Accelerator, a partner of Digital Sandbox KC.
The Sales Series: Making a Case for Your Company with Jeff Shackelford, Digital Sandbox
When: Aug. 17, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Enterprise Center in Johnson County
The Sales Series teaches entrepreneurs the basics of building scalable sales systems, attracting and compensating top-performing sales staff and customer retention.