Fifteen Kansas City entrepreneurs running businesses across a variety of industries will make up the ninth cohort of ScaleUP! KC, the program announced Tuesday.
ScaleUP! aims to help business owners develop strategies and plans for scaling their business. The free program is offered by the UMKC Innovation Center.
Participants are chosen through an application process. Their businesses must meet certain conditions, including being in operation for a minimum of two years, generating at least $200,000 in revenue and having plans for growth.
The new cohort brings the total number of businesses that have participated in the program to 141, according to a press release.
The entrepreneurs and companies selected for the cohort are:
- Amie Bristol – HMC Performance Coatings, Tonganoxie, Kansas
- Cate DePrisco – The Photo Bus, Kansas City
- Ellie Forouzesh – Artin LLC, Overland Park, Kansas
- Natasha Griswold-Friends – Elder Hair Care LLC, Kansas City
- Carrie Kiefer – Ampersand Design Studio LLC, Mission, Kansas
- Rena Krouse – Green Bee KC Tea Towels, Kansas City
- Mike Linn – Linn Construction LLC, Kansas City
- Chris Matsch – Messenger Coffee Co., Kansas City
- Jy Maze – Maze Freight Solutions, Overland Park, Kansas
- Ann Packingham – InnovaPrep, Drexel
- Heath Porter – The Chop Shop, Independence
- Amber Reed – Resolve, Prairie Village, Kansas
- Joe Speicher – Easton Roofing, Kansas City
- Andrew Syrios – Stewardship Investments LLC, Kansas City
- Chris Vanderloo – Lucky Day LLC, Mission, Kansas
Jill Meyer, ScaleUP! program director, said the entrepreneurs who participate in the program “help make this metro a great place for entrepreneurship.”
“This program has shown us, time and time again, that not only can you start a business in Kansas City, but you can also scale it here,” Meyer said in the release.