The Kansas City metro area has a robust tech startup culture, which means that new startups have a plethora of resources available to them. With such a wide range of options among support organizations, accelerators/incubators, educational programs, co-working spaces and business services providers, the hard part can be knowing which ones to choose.

There’s no real shortcut to making the right choices, but you can begin by understanding the landscape and meeting other entrepreneurs at varying stages of development.

1. Get to know some of the major players

If you’re just beginning to get involved with the startup environment in KC, it helps to familiarize yourself with some of the groups that promote and encourage local entrepreneurship.

2. Get to know some of the major players

Now that you know where to look for event listings, it’s time to meet some people face to face. There’s no substitute for learning from your fellow entrepreneurs and getting firsthand recommendations to help your business grow and thrive.

  • The aforementioned 1 Million Cups is held each week at the Kauffman Foundation. Each event features entrepreneurs giving presentations about their startup companies and learning about community resources to help their businesses grow.

  • Big annual events that are perfect for networking include Tech Week (this year’s dates still TBD) and Techstars Startup Weekend.

  • Even if you don’t participate in an accelerator program, you can make good contacts and learn a lot by attending their program demo days.

With the great abundance and variety of resources for entrepreneurs of all types in Kansas City, the perfect solutions for your business are out there. Start checking event calendars and applying for educational opportunities today. Welcome to the KC startup community!