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.
KC Design Week
When: April 6-13
Where: Kansas City
An 8-day wake-up call to the eye-opening presence of design in all our lives. Parties, talks, workshops, exhibits, etc. celebrating design in KC. See link for tickets & join us April 6-13, 2017!
Veteran LDRSHIP Network Vet-repreneur Event
When: April 12, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Grid Collaborative Workspaces
Veteran and KC area Entrepreneur Leaders,
You and your teams are cordially invited to the next VLN event at the Grid April 12, 6-9 pm!
RSVP here today: https://vln-vre.splashthat.com/
Fox 4 will be doing a segment on the event, StreetShares will be headlining & LinkedIN & Microsoft will be giving away premium memberships and access to valuable startup programs like Biz Spark!!!
*EDUCATION: Find out how to get your bachelors/masters with Park University, pay for housing and navigate the post 9/11 GI Education process with the director of the Global Warrior Center!
*CAREERS: Learn how to Rock Your LinkedIN profile, checkout valuable certifications with LinkedIN Learning and the new resource pipeline straight from the Amber Lujan and the LinkedIN TEAM!!!
*VETREPRENEURS: Show off your products and services to investors, Veteran Resource Firms and promote through FOX 4! Microsoft offers access to the Biz Spark program to get your startup to the next level! Got a purchase order? Find out how StreetShares can assist you and your business at the event!
And so much more…
***Invite all the Soldiers/Veterans/Vetrepreneurs you know! If they have products and services, we want to show them off at the event!***
RSVP today with Jesse Beaudin (email@example.com) or contact him directly for free booth space!!! See you there!!!
Thank you for supporting VETERAN INNOVATORS at our event!!!
When: April 13, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
KC Roundtable is in existence to provide 20 and 30-something Kansas City entrepreneurs with a group of peers to support and collaborate on each others’ businesses. Our mission is to: – Focus on relationship building; not lead generating – Facilitate collaboration, openness, transparency, learning and teaching – Establish an entrepreneurial network – Fill the void of not having the water cooler.
We meet for breakfast and various locations around the city. In addition to our morning meetings, KC Roundtable provides additional opportunities to network with young entrepreneurs such as events like small group Mastermind sessions & After Hour events.
Prospective members are self-motivated, curious, open to learning and currently starting a new business. Thanks for checking us out. We look forward to meeting you soon!
2017 Midwest Bioinformatics Conference
When: April 13, 10:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m.
Where: UMKC: Student Union
Join us at the Second Annual Midwest Bioinformatics Conference on April 13 – 14. This conference showcases practical approaches to collecting, organizing, and preparing data for a broad range of analyses applied in human and animal health.
This conference will:
(1) bring together bioinformatics-minded researchers from academia and industry to discover capabilities, share tactical approaches to problem-solving, explore synergies, and launch potential collaborations
(2) provide an opportunity for bioinformatics students to learn about employment opportunities within the region and employers to meet prospective candidates.
The Capital Series: Closing the Deal: Negotiating Your Term Sheet with Rick Vaughn, Mid-America Angels
When: April 13, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Enterprise Center in Johnson County
The Capital Series is offered for investors and entrepreneurs, allowing for detailed discussions of the due diligence process, term sheets, valuations and investor pitches during the equity investment process, as well as discussion of possible sources of debt financing. Lunch provided
When: April 14, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Village Square Coworking Studio
Join #StartupKC to celebrate #KCBattle2017!
Do you think you can eat a deep fried Oreo with boxing gloves on? Find out at the Kansas City Startup Village’s Second Friday as we celebrate the winner of KCSourceLink’s 6th annual Battle of the Brands… TheFunnelCake Truck! Owner Michael Bradbury is going to bring the truck to the Village and sell funnel cakes, deep fried Twinkies, kettle corn and cotton candy all evening long as we celebrate his victory and all of the Kansas City entrepreneurs who made this year’s battle extra sweet.
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. Get to know someone over a brew!
TheFunnelCakeTruck will be selling funnel cakes, deep Fried Snickers, deep Fried Oreos & Deep Fried Twinkies all just $5 each!
Feel free to stop by anytime between 5:00pm – 7:00pm Bring a friend / your team.
No RSVP necessary, just come on by!
LaunchCode workshop #4 Git — There will be tears
When: April 18, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Polsinelli Law
A simple introduction to the distributed version control system known as Git with Richard Garbi.
* 3 stage thinking
* 7 Basic commands that will accomplish 90% of your use cases.
ABOUT RICHARD GARBI:
Richard is the founding architect at PayIt. He loves solving hard problems, building awesome teams and working hard on stuff that matters.
LOCATION & PARKING:
Our workshop will be held on the 1st floor room, Conference Center North, next to the security desk.
Free parking is available below Hotel Sorella, next to the Polsinelli office. Entrance available from Roanoke Parkway or Bellevue Ave. Take a ticket at the entrance and bring to the Security Desk for validation.
Garmin Connect IQ Developer Summit
When: April 18 – 20
Where: Garmin Corp Headquarters
Spaces for the inaugural Connect IQ™ Developer Summit are filling up fast. You won’t want to miss the new Connect IQ features being announced exposing more for developers to innovate and create. Register now so you don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn, network and see special guest speaker, founder of DC Rainmaker, Ray Maker.
In addition to attending breakout sessions and hands-on workshops, you’ll get to take home your choice of a select Connect IQ-compatible device, including the new fēnix® 5/5s.
Unlocking the Secrets of SBIR Searches to more Successful Applications
When: April 19, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Kansas SBDC at JCCC
Going beyond the obvious solicitation and pulling together a team approach in order to open up more possibilities.
Learn how to identify government grants that need your capabilities but aren’t listing it in a way that jumps out at you. This virtual workshop will be conducted by William Carey of ARC Technology and Gary Stecklein of Inventors Association of South Central Kansas (IASCK). Mr. Carey has received a National Small Business Administration Tibbetts Award for the state of Kansas due to his work in the SBIR program. Mr. Steklein is president of the IASCK and has been awarded 30 patents during his career.
Attendees are encouraged to have their laptop/tablet/smartphone for searching while the presentation is live. We will be taking your specific questions and showing you how to find those hidden grants. Your takeaway: A better hands on approach to searches and greater understanding of not-so-obvious solicitations.
Online workshop/simulcast hosted by JCCC on April 19th, 2017 in RC 145 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. There is no charge to attend this event, but please RSVP Ellen Clickner at 913-469-3878 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
How2: Turn an idea into a product
When: April 19, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: UMKC SBTDC
Do you have a great new product idea, but don’t know How2 develop it? Gain an in-depth understanding of the process of product development, plus, learn How2 apply these proven principles in your business.
The How2 Turn an Idea into a Product workshop is based on leading-edge product development principles. The active participation format prepares participants to walk out with tools and a plan they can use immediately.
Kansas City Women in Technology April Tech Talk
When: April 19, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Cerner Innovations Campus
Are you currently having to manage your projects with a difficult coworker? Is your team being held back by petty disputes? Join us for our April TechTalk for a corporate communication seminar in conflict resolution.
Explore communication techniques to use in your workplace in “Before It Comes to Blows” led by professional speaker, Lauren Schieffer. Learn skills to resolve conflict amongst your coworkers to build your professional team and get things done.
Come solo or invite your coworkers for this evening of networking and professional development.
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
The Sales Series: Demand Generation: Aligning Sales and Marketing Efforts with Dan O’Reilly, Veriship
When: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 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.
Velocity Event – Determine Your Ideal Business Structure & Networking
When: April 20, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Tingle Flooring
Join us for another Third Thursday celebrating startup and entrepreneurship in Lees Summit!
Featured speakers include:
– Chris Gordon with Carpani & Gordon, LLC
– Julia Hampton – Julia E. Hampton CPA, PC
This month we will also introduce our Featured Pitch portion of the evening. Every month we will offer the opportunity for a local entrepreneur to pitch their business. Let’s rally behind our local entrepreneurs! Sign up to present at an upcoming event!
Brew :30 – Meet Some of KC’s Newest Companies
When: April 20, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Amigoni Urban Winery
KCs Entrepreneurial Happy Hour that takes you on a tour of the city’s breweries, distilleries and wineries. Drink local, network, snack and meet the Companies “On Tap”— some of KC’s up and coming companies.
Companies on Tap – April 20:
April and Joey Kramer // Apple Pie Painting
Jeff Petersen // Compost Hero
James and Emily Dresser // Liberty Candle Co.
Ryan White // The Sundry
Third Thursday KCedu and Lean Lab Happy Hour
When: April 20, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Join #KCedu and the Lean Lab at EduHub, a co-working space for education and youth-related startups. Network with genius educators, business partners, and other interested folks as you eat and drink, learn and collide!
When you arrive, grab a snack and check out the whiteboard where participants create the schedule on the fly! Want to share something? Want to get feedback from others on a topic? In addition to the featured guests, as an attendee, you can throw your idea up in one of the squares for small group breakout conversations. For example:
Want to talk about technology in education, apps, gamificatoin or how to make it relevant to kids?
Want to talk family-community engagement in schools and in KC?
Want to plan a city-wide project to bring KC together, led by kids?
Looking for some interested parties to co-write a grant? EdHub has several offices for us to spread out and share/discuss.
After introductions of any featured guests at 6pm, we go into an Edcamp/Unconference format in two fast-paced, 20 minute breakout sessions. Stay in one group or sample more than one discussion. We come back together as a group at 7:00 for final announcements and then continue conversations at EduHub or at a nearby establishment.
This format is about active small group networking and relationship building, not passive listening. CHOICE and VOICE! You’ll be happy you plugged into KC’s vibrant educator network.
When: Think Big
Where: April 25, 4:30 – 6:30
Rarely are all the facts of breaking news included in the stories we read. From the coincidences that led to a business deal to the personal challenges along the way, there’s often a fascinating patchwork of details that remain in reporters’ notebooks.
Think of Innovation Exchange as a chance to open a news organization’s notepad for a view into its sources’ rich backstories. On Jan. 24, Startland News editor Bobby Burch will explore breaking news in Kansas City entrepreneurship via a fireside chat with the newsmakers that catalyzed the headlines.