Nine startups score $500,000 in LaunchKC grant competition

Nine tech startups secured a combined $500,000 in funding at the finale of the third annual LaunchKC grant competition on Friday at Techweek Kansas City.

Cambrian Tech, a Leawood, Kansas-based startup that makes mobile augmented reality software for use in DIY projects, claimed the $100,000 grand prize. Eight other startups won $50,000 apiece.

The prizes were handed out after a pitch competition Friday featuring LaunchKC’s 20 finalists. The competition marked the culmination of a months-long process that organizers said attracted more than 400 applicants.

The eight winners of the $50,000 prizes were:

  • H3 Enterprises, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Herd Dogg, Longmont, Colo.
  • iShare Medical, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Music Spoke, Kansas City, Kan.
  • PlanIT Impact, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Sickweather, Kansas City, Mo.
  • TradeLanes, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Zitches, Kansas City, Mo.

“This was an outstanding competition today,” Drew Solomon, chair of the LaunchKC competition, said in a press release. “Each of the 20 finalists were strong contenders for LaunchKC’s grants, as well as for building strong, economically successful businesses.”

In addition to funding, the winning startups will receive office space, mentorship and introductions to business leaders from the Kansas City area.

LaunchKC was created to encourage early-stage technology companies to locate and grow in Kansas City. Prizes are contingent on startups locating in the city.

The program is supported by a variety of public and private backers, led by Missouri Technology Corporation and the City of Kansas City.

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