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Kansas City Startups to Watch

Kansas City Startups to Watch is an annual showcase of innovation, offering curious citizens, investors, program managers, and peers in the startup community an in-depth look at 10 of Kansas City’s fastest-growing startups — each one thought by the Startland News editorial team to carry serious newsmaking potential in the year ahead.

Startups to Watch consists of an annual profile series and in-depth reporting special which is broadcast virtually and in-person during a high-end cocktail hour and reception (part of the Startland News Sip & Sync event series) intended to connect the entrepreneurial community and curious citizens with the year’s class of honorees.

Planning and preparation for Kansas City Startups to Watch in 2023 is underway. Look for updates to begin in the fall of 2022. 

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In 2022, Startland News brought its annual showcase of innovation to the small screen, offering curious citizens, investors, program managers, and peers in the startup community an in-depth look at 10 of Kansas City’s fastest-growing startups.

The event — offered virtually and presented in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation — features Startland News reporters Tommy Felts, Channa Steinmetz, Austin Barnes, and Blythe Dorrian in conversation with the founders who lead the Startups to Watch companies showcased in the publication’s 2022 list and explored ways in which they’re disrupting industries in Kansas City and beyond.

More than 1,000 guests streamed the virtual event.

Kansas City Startups to Watch in 2022 was further made possible by supporting sponsors at Spark Kansas CityHusch BlackwellKC BizCare,and Evergy Ventures. 

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