Think Big Partners would like to congratulate Marathon Digital Services, the winner of the “Be The VC” contest that took place last week at the annual KC Biz Live event at Union Station.
Four finalists from StartKC’s recent GrowFest competition conducted demonstrations in “Be the VC” at the Kansas City Chamber’s KC Biz Live Event. Sponsored by Trabon Solutions and StartKC, “Be the VC” allowed attendees to receive “bucks” when they checked in, and then had the opportunity to “invest” in the startup business of their choice. “Be the VC” quickly became an extremely beneficial opportunity for the creation of a demo space for emerging entrepreneurs and serious startup companies. After the “bucks” were counted, Marathon Digital Services, a new small business that creates accountability, transparency and efficiency in the construction process, was announced as the winner of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s “Be the VC” contest last Thursday.
According to Chris Lester, Senior Vice President of Business Growth for the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the “Be the VC” competition was not the only highlight of KC Biz Live—especially for Kansas City entrepreneurs and small business owners who are member of the Chamber.
The Kansas City Chamber of Commerce had been working with 360 Architecture for some time in order to create a display that gave chamber members a better sense of how they will use the unique spaces at their future home, Union Station. During KC Biz Live, attendees were given the opportunity to look at the Chamber’s new boardroom, located in Union Station, as well as other public spaces that the Chamber will occupy
So what’s next for the Kansas City entrepreneurs, small business owners, and innovators? StartFEST! StartFEST is a social gathering with an aim to create relationships among growth-oriented entrepreneurs, innovative companies, and members of the investment community. StartFEST will feature 10 new and growing businesses, allowing them to demo their innovative solutions. Keep your eye out for more information on StartFEST from us in the weeks to come. If you’re already interested, the event will take place October 28, 2010 from 6:00-9:00PM at the Downtown Underground.
A big congratulations to Marathon Digital Services and a big thank you to The Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and StartKC for putting on such inspirational and beneficial events. Thanks, most of all, for Thinking Big each and every day and showing Kansas City what entrepreneurship is all about!