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LaunchKC Global Grants Competition 2018

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Technology
Start-Ups to Relocate to Kansas City, Missouri

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Deadline Date:

07/11/18 11:59 PM CDT


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Grants starting at $50,000 and additional benefits to USA, Canada, and International start-up tech companies to relocate to Kansas City, Missouri for a minimum of one year. Applications are invited from businesses in a range of fields, including advanced manufacturing, agricultural technology, animal health, cloud services, data analytics, educational technology, financial technology, health technology, and mobile technology.

LaunchKC grant recipients must fulfill the following requirements as participants of the program:
- Locate headquarters or significant operations within Kansas City, Missouri for at least one year,
- Provide data on jobs created, revenue generated, and follow-on capital to LaunchKC staff,
- Track and report expenditures of the grant,
- Provide service to or on behalf of LaunchKC for an average of 8 hours per quarter for one year
- Participate in program events coordinated by LaunchKC.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171227

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

LaunchKC will award a $100,000 grand prize and (8) $50,000 grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

LaunchKC grant recipients receive the following benefits; a $50,000 or $100,000 equity free cash grant, pro-bono services in essential business areas, access to venture capital networks, educational programming and inclusion into a community of innovative entrepreneurs.

Term of Contract:

Grant recipients must locate headquarters or significant operations within Kansas City, Missouri for at least one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

LaunchKC searches for innovative technologies, products, or services, wrapped within scalable for-profit business models with the potential to make a national or international impact.

Preference will be given to companies that are beyond idea stage and demonstrate that the grant money and support services have a meaningful impact on company growth.

LaunchKC focuses on entrepreneurs who are already located in Kansas City OR are willing to relocate. Basing your business in Kansas City is a requirement for receiving the grant.

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications Open: April 2, 2018
- Application Close: July 11, 2018, at 11:59 PM
- Top 20 Finalists Revealed: August 24, 2018
- Finalist Pitch Day at Techweek Kansas City: October 12, 2018
- Third Class Starts LaunchKC Program: November 2018

LaunchKC will serve as the centerpiece of the 2018 Techweek Kansas City conference, which takes place October 8-12 in Kansas City. All LaunchKC applicants will be reviewed extensively this summer by an expert panel of judges. Twenty finalists will advance to Techweek KC, where the next nine grant recipients will be selected on Oct. 12, 2018.

More about the competition:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Drew Solomon

Tommy Wilson

LaunchKC Global Grants Competition
1801 Main Street Suite 110
Kansas City, MO 64108

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.