Kansas City has many of the attributes it needs to become an entrepreneurial hot spot: talented innovators, investors and large firms specialized in technology and life sciences. The problem is, Kansas City is not aware of those assets. Yet.
The region’s potential as a center of innovation is the topic of a new paper “Entrepreneurial Community in Kansas City: From Fragmented to Collaborative?” released today by the Kauffman Foundation.
Author Heike Mayer, professor of economic geography at the University of Bern, Switzerland, has studied the Kansas City region’s entrepreneurial culture for more than seven years, beginning with extensive interviewing of Kansas City-area entrepreneurs, policymakers and industry experts in 2005–7.