After navigating an application process that included multiple rounds of vetting and a competitive pitch event on stage at Techweek Kansas City, the 10 startups that will split $500,000 as part of LaunchKC’s second class are set.
More than 400 entrepreneurs from 19 states and seven countries applied for this year’s class, according to a LaunchKC press release. Twenty of those advanced to Friday’s finale, which saw the entrepreneurs deliver their pitches and field questions from a panel of judges.
The 10 startups that emerged from that selection process are:
- Big Bang – Kansas City, Mo.
- BLITAB – Vienna, Austria
- ConsultUS – Prairie Village, Kan.
- FEWDM – Kansas City, Mo.
- Forest Devices – Pittsburgh, Penn.
- LaborChart – Overland Park, Kan.
- Mobility Designed – Roeland Park, Kan.
- Mycroft AI – Lawrence, Kan.
- PerfectCube – Lenexa, Kan.
- Super Dispatch – Kansas City, Kan.
The early-stage companies will each receive $50,000 grants, as well a year of free office space, free professional services, access to mentors and assistance in attracting follow-on funding.
LaunchKC is run by the Downtown Council of Kansas City in collaboration with the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City. The competition was established to attract entrepreneurs who would start and grow companies in Kansas City. Startups must have or be willing to establish a headquarters in the city to qualify for the program.