By Steve Roatch, CEO of Twentyseven Global
Twentyseven Global is excited about SparkLabKC’s Demo Day, an event which will gather investors from across the Midwest to engage ongoing investment support for startups in the Kansas City area. The event is scheduled for Aug. 23 at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo.
Kevin Fryer, managing director of SparkLabKC, and his team hope to gather 150 to 200 investors from across the Midwest to engage ongoing investment support for startups in the Kansas City area. Startups will give a 10-minute presentation and answer any questions the audience might have. Later, they’ll have a chance to connect with more investors at tables.
SparkLabKC is a Kansas City-based early-stage business accelerator. Launched on May 29, 2013, it selects 11 promising startups every year for a 90-day in-residence program that provides up to $18,000 in seed capital, business advisory services, free workspace and a formal demonstration day.
The company recently announced in a press release that the Donald J. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) from the University of Missouri will sponsor its inaugural Demo Day.
“RJI is pleased to sponsor SparkLabKC’s inaugural Demo Day events,” said Randy Picht, executive director of RJI. “RJI is deeply involved with experimentation in new approaches to journalism. Startup companies and new tools to solve new problems have become increasingly important to journalism. Our relationship with SparkLabKC provides a better understanding of the power of an accelerator to create vibrant, new businesses that can contribute to RJI’s mission.”
Picht has collaborated with SparkLabKC on both Demo Day events and the launch of SparkLabKC’s first class.
“It’s been a lot more work than any of us had thought it would be,” Fryer said. “But it’s also been a lot of fun.”
If you’re an investor interested in attending Demo Day or if you would like more information, visit the Contact Us page on SparkLabKC’s website.