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Commerce secretary lauds KC startup ideas, ‘competitive nature’

Digital Sandbox KC is giving rise to “incredible ideas,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said in a visit to the organization, which provides proof-of-concept resources for early-stage startups.

Pritzker on Tuesday visited with about 10 startups from the Digital Sandbox, which was launched in 2013 with Commerce Department funding.

In addition to praising the caliber of ideas she saw, Pritzker also pointed out the advantage Kansas City has thanks to its early access to gigabit-speed Internet service and entrepreneurial resources like KCSourceLink.

She said she didn’t have a benchmark for gauging whether Kansas City has delivered on its goal of being the country’s “most entrepreneurial city,” but she liked the spirit of the city’s startup scene.

“What I know is I like the vibe, the competitive nature and the competitive setup, because we all need to become more entrepreneurial,” Pritzker said.

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