Speaking Startup: Lessons learned launching an accelerator in a pandemic

Kansas City’s BCP Tech Accelerator concluded its first cohort earlier this month. The debut was not without challenges.

The coronavirus pandemic delayed the start of the accelerator and forced it to go from an in-person format to a virtual one. But the program, which is focused on startups developing technology for the insurance brokerage industry, eventually went on.

Nathan Kurtz of Brush Creek Partners, the insurance company behind the accelerator, joined the Speaking Startup podcast to discuss challenges and lessons learned launching an accelerator in a pandemic.

One key to making it work, Kurtz said: support from Kansas City’s startup community.

“We got some great feedback,” he said. “There’s so many great and gracious people out there in the entrepreneurial support community that rallied to help us.”

Plus, in another story of a pandemic-driven pivot, we look at the rise of so-called ghost kitchens — restaurants without dine-in options that make food exclusively for delivery. St. Louis chef Adam Pritchett talked with us about KC Bones, a ghost kitchen he helped launch after the coronavirus hit.


The Speaking Startup podcast explores news and issues important to Missouri entrepreneurs. Find more Speaking Startup on our website or wherever you get podcasts.


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