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Next week is a big week for entrepreneurs and wannabee entrepreneurs in Kansas City. Monday kicks off what is being called One Week KC…nine days of meet-ups, conferences, idea exchanges, speakers, parties and workshops to educate, inspire, encourage and celebrate entrepreneurship.
It’s all part of Kansas City’s quest to become America’s Most Entrepreneurial City. You’ve heard that expression before, but whatever happened to that? You may remember it was one of the Big 5 Ideas announced by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce last fall. Did it simply just fade away?
The man leading the Chamber’s Making Kansas City “America’s Most Entrepreneurial City” initiative is Peter de Silva, CEO of UMB Bank, who sat down with Nick Haines to give a progress report.
How can we become America’s most entrepreneurial city? As part of the Chamber’s Big 5 initiative, eight public forums are underway to get your views. We checked in on one of them this week at the Kauffman Foundation.
There are four more sessions just like this one going on in the metro. They are all free, but registration each session is limited to 50 people. For more information and to register, go to kauffman.org/big5conversation. By the way, we will check in with Pete deSilva, the head of UMB Bank who is leading the Chamber’s entrepreneurial Big 5 initiative, to see what they learned once they have them all wrapped up.
The Chamber’s Big 5 initiatives were announced last fall – each designed to create jobs and to raise “Big KC” to the next level. The entrepreneurship initiative is championed by Peter deSilva, chairman and CEO of UMB Bank.
The schedule for next week’s meetings:
Sprint Campus – 6300 building, Overland Park (Park in Lot P)
Monday, Feb. 20 – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Kauffman Foundation – Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, KCMO
Tuesday, Feb. 21 – 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Cerner – Vision Center, 2850 Rock Creek Parkway, KCMO
Wednesday, Feb. 22 – 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Metropolitan Community College – Mel Aytes Education Center, 500 SW Longview Road, Lee’s Summit
Thursday, Feb. 23 – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Hallmark, Marion Labs, H&R Block, Cerner and American Century. These are but a few examples of the entrepreneurial successes that began in Kansas City. Now Google has picked Kansas City as the starting point for revolutionizing how we use the internet and for spawning a new generation of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Recently, the UMKC Bloch School earned the highest ranking as the world’s top academic site for innovation management research.
The Local Show will be exploring how Kansas City will be embracing this new technology and examining the innovators.