KC LaunchCode program receives additional $300,000 from Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has doubled down on its support for LaunchCode’s Kansas City Program with a new $300,000 grant, the Kansas City Business Journal reports.

LaunchCode, a St. Louis nonprofit that teaches tech skills in apprenticeship-style programs, opened its Kansas City office in 2016 with a $150,000 grant from the Kauffman Foundation and a $250,000 grant from the Missouri Technology Corp.

The new grant will fund two cohorts of LaunchCode’s 20-week coding course and two cohorts of an eight-week program focused on job readiness, the Business Journal reports.

Jeff Mazur, LaunchCode executive director, told the Business Journal the program can help unlock Kansas City’s entrepreneurial potential.

“This is really about helping create conditions in Kansas City for continued entrepreneurial success in the region,” he said. “One of the things we know is true is that entrepreneurs oftentimes run into trouble growing their business when there’s a lack of tech talent that helps them build and develop and market the products that they need in order for their companies to grow and thrive.”

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