Lauren Conaway | Via innovateherkc.com

Speaking Startup: A grassroots group of women helping women lead



Lauren Conaway had been involved in the Kansas City startup community for a few years, but she felt like something was missing.

“I realized that I was meeting a lot of really incredible women,” Conaway said, “but that I wasn’t really connecting with them on a meaningful level.”

She set out to change that. It started with an informal gathering of a dozen women, then a Facebook group. It has since grown into InnovateHER KC, a women’s leadership community that Conaway says has more than 1,500 members.

The group works to help women leaders in fields including entrepreneurship, civic leadership and community activism.

For this week’s show, we chatted with Conaway about the organization’s goals and the Women’s Empowerment Week events it hosted last week.

We also spoke with Brandon Erbschloe and Jacob Muchow, two early team members at QuarkWorks. The Columbia-based app developer is expanding, and Erbschloe and Muchow shared the story of their company’s journey to this point — and plans for the future.

Here’s the full show rundown:

  • 2:12 – The week’s entrepreneurship headlines
  • 3:52 – Lauren Conaway, founder of InnovateHER KC
  • 14:28 – Brandon Erbschloe and Jacob Muchow of QuarkWorks
  • 21:27 – Numbers to know in Missouri startups and a closing thought

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