Tuesday, September 11, 2012

LaunchKC Makes Tech, Innovation and Startup Plans

Mayor Sly James addresses the press at the
LaunchKC event on September 10, 2012.
Yesterday, LaunchKC held a press conference on the iconic Barkley rooftop to announce its plans and new implementations for 2012.  The initiative has been designed to attract and develop information technology entrepreneurs and professionals in the emerging digital communities within the Crossroads Arts District and throughout Greater Downtown Kansas City.  LaunchKC stemmed from discussion within the Mayors' Bistate Innovations Team (MBIT) about the Google Fiber project in Kansas City.

Yesterday at the LaunchKC press conference, Mayor Sly James, Mike Burke, Pete Fullerton and other Kansas City leaders made announcements about LaunchKC's goals and new plans.  The group laid out five common goals for the Kansas City entrepreneurial community: computing, incentive, mobility, innovation and collaboration.

1.  Computing: LaunchKC will open a new Kansas City data center to improve capacity and computing power.

2. Incentive: LaunchKC will assist small technology businesses with equipment and computers to help them grow and develop.

3.  Mobility: LaunchKC will create a district-based WiFi network.

4. Innovation: LaunchKC will open a new research and development lab in Union Station in late September.  This R&D lab will be known as Site Deck KC.

5. Collaboration: LaunchKC is driven to make Kansas City an entrepreneurial hub.  In doing so, the initiative has partnered with seven local Kansas City companies known as Launch Pad Companies that will provide space for entrepreneurs to work.  A few of these spaces include Barkley, Crown Center, Union Station and DST.

To learn more about LaunchKC, visit www.launchkc.com.

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