Courtesy of Sprint Accelerator

Sprint, Techstars to launch separate startup programs in Kansas City



Sprint and Techstars, collaborators for the last three years, are launching separate programs in Kansas City to nurture startup businesses.

Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint starts taking applications Thursday for a 2017 Sprint Accelerator program that has undergone a metamorphosis since the three-year joint effort with Colorado-based Techstars ended last June.

Sprint is bringing in new corporate sponsors, naming Kansas City-based Dairy Farmers of America so far. It’s splitting the 90-day program into three themed clusters — digital, agriculture technology and a third still to be named.

Techstars, meanwhile, announced its own business accelerator on Wednesday. Techstars Kansas City will open for applications in January for a program for 10 startups beginning in July.

More details will come forth during a Techstars event at Union Station next week.

Read more: Kansas City Star, Kansas City Business Journal

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