About Startland News

Kansas City is committed to becoming the most entrepreneurial city in America, and we’re doing our part by sharing its innovators’ stories.

Startland News is a digital magazine reporting on the Kansas City area’s most innovative ideas from entrepreneurs, startups, government, educators and corporations. We aim to be a resource and advocate for innovators and early-stage businesses in the region by serving as their storytellers. With a highly-engaged local and Midwest audience, we exist to spotlight risk takers and bold progressive action in the community we serve.

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Statements of Support

“As an organization driven by entrepreneurial spirit and deeply rooted in community, Affinity Worldwide believes in the importance of investing in innovation in our own backyard. That’s why we’re so proud to be a supporter of Startland News telling the stories of Kansas City’s vibrant startup community and sparking the next generation of business pioneers.” – Mike Wrenn, CEO, Affinity Worldwide

Based in Kansas City, Affinity Worldwide is a family of companies spanning a board spectrum of industries, including real estate investment, insurance, media and more.

“It is vital to tell the full story of what’s going on in Kansas City’s growing entrepreneurial community – the successes and challenges, the people and the businesses, the questions and the answers. Having an outlet solely focused on entrepreneurship in Kansas City informs and connects entrepreneurs, policymakers and the organizations that support entrepreneurs. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation sponsors Startland News to serve one of its primary goals – to advance Kansas City’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.” – Nathan Kurtz, Entrepreneurship program officer, Kauffman Foundation

Based in Kansas City, the Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. 


“As a firm with startup roots of our own, Polsinelli is a strong supporter of Kansas City’s many entrepreneurial programs. Our attorneys greatly value the active role we’ve pursued as a firm in startup communities across the country.

The firm is truly pleased to partner with CEED in its important leadership role through Startland, MECA and Village Square. CEED’s mission to strengthen our city’s startup community and further build out a platform that supports and sustains entrepreneurs is worthy and critical to Kansas City’s long and vibrant economic future. ” – Greg Kratofil Jr., Polsinelli Technology Attorney

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 800 attorneys in 20 offices, serving corporations, institutions, and entrepreneurs nationally. For more information, visit www.polsinelli.com.

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