By: Darren Bonawitz
This week we are featuring StartKC, Inc., a local organization which exists to encourage the development of the entrepreneurial network and spirit in Kansas City. Mark Brigman and Seth Meinzen, co-founders of StartKC, Inc., reviewed the organization.
Tell us a little about your organization’s background (name, when founded, and by whom)?
StartKC, Inc. was founded by KC based “serial entrepreneurs” Mark Brigman and Seth Meinzen in the Spring of 2009.
Why was it founded and what is the group’s mission or core focus?
StartKC was formed to provide a city-wide, single point of entry for motivated entrepreneurs who are looking to create or aggressively grow a business. StartKC offers a wide range of entrepreneurial resources targeted to assist entrepreneurs from “idea stage” to the growth of a 100 employee firm. Our core focus is to provide the highest quality business creation and growth resources to accelerate the timeline to success. StartKC’s state-of-the-art web platform provides 24×7 access to the area’s best business resources and business leadership minds through hundreds of videos available to all members.
Who should consider becoming a member of your group?
Kansas City based entrepreneurs (or aspiring entrepreneurs) who are looking for “next generation” resources to assist them in making their business vision become a reality. StartKC is an organization that is committed to constructing a Kansas City entrepreneurial ecosystem that coordinates the best business resources available in our region to enable high-powered companies to be born and developed.
What are some of the member benefits?
StartKC hosts the area’s most innovative entrepreneurial events. In addition to our events, our members have 24×7 access via StartKC.com to our: Video Resource Directory, business creation and growth Pathways, business leaders’ video library, collaboration platform and much more.
What do you like best about being involved in the entrepreneurship / technology community in Kansas City?
We love to see and feel the passion that local entrepreneurs have for their business. It is always a joy to see connections made by our members at our events or on our web platform. StartKC is a firm believer that collaboration and partnerships can move mountains. Kansas City is fortunate to have a lively spirit of entrepreneurship. StartKC is proud to help bring those powerful forces together to create revolutionary products and services that people around the world will be able to utilize.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
StartKC would like to thank our 25 founding organizations and our faithful sponsors who allow us to continue our mission of making Kansas City become the entrepreneurial standard by which other cities are measured.
How should interested people get in touch with you?
Please visit our website at StartKC.com or contact Mark Brigman (CEO) at Mark.Brigman@StartKC.com or Seth Meinzen (COO) at Seth.Meinzen@StartKC.com.