Emerging Innovation Districts in the KC Entrepreneur Ecosystem

Monday November 12

Kansas City | Missouri | United States

Join Rick Usher, ACM for Small Business & Entrepreneurship, City Manager’s Office, Maleika Robinson, Eastside Collaborative,  Nick Ward-Bopp, Maker Village, and Kevin McGinnis, Keystone Innovation District, to learn about the documented geography of the KC entrepreneur ecosystem and the influences behind the growth of commercial and residential districts supporting innovation.  Innovation districts are defined in a number of ways, some are planned and some emerge as the city's innovation and entrepreneur community has grown and expanded.  Mapping the KC entrepreneur ecosystem also provides insights into the factors of the built environment and economic development that are influencing the growth of the community. Walkable urban streets, a mix of retail, office, commercial and residential development, public transit including KCStreetcare and RideKCTransit, density of entrepreneur support organizations, incubators, accelerators, coworking spaces and coffee shops, participation of the corporate community and universities all help to define and amplify innovation and entrepreneurship.