*UPDATE* Unfortunately, Ward Nixon will not be able to join us on the 24th, but we’ve got great news! We will hear directly from MARC’s Sheri Gonzales Warren who is deeply involved with KC Rising and the Human Capital Work Group – the committee tasked with working with colleges, universities and school districts; K-12 civic intermediaries and accelerated learning programs; the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City; the Mid-America Regional Council; the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; the Kauffman Foundation; and the Kansas City Area Development Council – to develop short and long term regional strategies to align educational offerings and curriculum with industry needs.
Some back story: KC Rising – a collaborative, business-led effort to restore regional prosperity in the KC metro area. We’ll be talking about the money matters of entrepreneurship and financial tools for small business owners, plus we’ll get a good look inside the latest work from KC Rising based on their recently released reports.
Startland News recently reported that this “metro-wide effort to boost the area economy will soon have a new co-investment fund that aims to accelerate early-stage businesses”, noting that the new “KC Rise Fund” hopes to improve a common gripe in Kansas City’s entrepreneurial community that there’s not enough capital to fund local innovation. The fund, which has already raised nearly $10 million in soft commitments, will co-invest in local startups that successfully secure a term sheet from another venture capital organization. Local partners will invest at least $1 for every $5 invested by a VC.
KC Rising’s origin can be summed up by reading a recent Brookings Report that painted a rather bleak picture of the KC region, notably that our peer cities have bounced back from the recession, while we have not faired so well – and the gap continues to grow.
As noted in a recent KC Business Journal article, KC Rising has shifted gears after a year of planning, and have entered the implementation and evaluation mode. The effort, sponsored by the Kansas City Area Development Council, Mid-America Regional Council and the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, has attracted more than 200 volunteers who helped study the local business climate. We’ll talk about the strategies for accelerating the region’s economic growth and how to ensure KC’s continued competitiveness in the global economy.
Join us as we examine KC Rising. How ow do collaboratives like this take shape? How do they work together successfully, and turn collective insight into collective action?
Thursday, March 24 at 8:30am at Collisions & Coffee – Wise Words.
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Join us every 3rd Thursday for Collisions & Coffee with Wise Words – the 2016 lineup is stellar. Here’s a peek at what’s next:
- Apr 21 – Chris Costello, Co-founder & CEO, Blooom
- May 19 – Butch Rigby, Owner, Screenland Theaters