Kansas City Startup Village Presents From Doughboys to Entrepreneurs: The Foundation of Each Century is Laid by its Youth

The Kansas City Startup Village (KCSV) today announced their “From Doughboys to Entrepreneurs: The Foundation of Each Century is Laid by its Youth”, a celebration of successes from their inaugural “Most Entrepreneurial City in America” (MECA) Challenge, a youth technology innovation competition held in September 2013. The event will be held Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial.

“At the MECA Challenge, teams of high school and college students, led by local entrepreneurs - mentors, met with local startup founders to help solve real business challenges using technology,” said Adam Arredondo, MECA Challenge planner and CEO/Co-founder of Local Ruckus and Hoopla.io. “On February 1, we’ll showcase how each team wowed us with their determination, collaboration and creative solutions. The program will feature student presentations and the premier of the MECA Challenge highlight film.”

The keynote speaker will be Joe Reardon, attorney at law at McAnany Van Cleave & Phillips, and Mayor/CEO of Kansas City, KS from 2005-2013. As Mayor, Reardon is most widely known for negotiating an agreement with Google to become the first Google Fiber city in the country. KCSV is located in the first ever Google Fiberhood. Google Fiber provides internet connection speed 100 times faster than what most Americans have today.

Another presenter will be MECA Challenge mentor, Christian Fisher, CEO/Founder of Briefcase, a company that is revolutionizing the job application process. Fisher has worked with companies like Twitter, Pandora, Yahoo, Yelp and AdKnowledge. He even landed on the Forbes “30 under 30” list, a compilation of the most prominent young innovators and entrepreneurs in the business world today.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with entrepreneurs from Kansas City startup companies exhibiting in the Startup Zone. They can learn how the entrepreneurs were inspired and created their startups and enjoy demonstrations of innovative products and services. Local programs that provide budding entrepreneurs educational resources will also be on hand. The event is free and open to the public, Registration is REQUIRED and closes January 29. Register at eventbrite.com search: KCSV

KCSV would like to thank MECA Challenge sponsors: Kansas City Kansas Community College, Mid-America Regional Council. KCSV would like to thank event sponsors: Kauffman Foundation, Polsinelli, The City of Kansas City MO, Launch KC, McAnany Van Cleave & Phillips, Tom Morse-Brown Graphic Design and J&J Printing.

About the Kansas City Startup Village The Kansas City Startup Village (KCSV) is an entrepreneur-led, organic, grassroots initiative helping to bolster the Kansas City entrepreneur and startup community. Their mission: To create a concentrated and collaborative area of startups centered around the Google Fiber “fiberhood” of Spring Valley Neighborhood near 45th & State Line Road. Their vision: to help solidify Kansas City as America’s Most Entrepreneurial City. For more information about KCSV, please visit www.kcstartupvillage.org.

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