“For years, we have been talking about the role corporations can and should play in ecosystem building – providing access and resources. We are excited to see this project’s impact on the community we come from and serve.”
-Dan Smith, Co-Founder of The Porter House KC
Improving access to our corporate innovators and industry resources through the Labs program will create stronger connections to grow the regional innovation economy. Better access to support our entrepreneurs, better access to improve our communities, better access to support our educational institutions, advance research and prepare our citizens for future opportunities.
This access will be easier, with less friction between stakeholders, with a programmatic approach that enables collaboration and creates greater scale through their collective efforts. The benefits from a collective programmatic approach will not only improve connections to other stakeholders, but to each other as well.
For decades, corporations have searched for innovative solutions and market opportunities. Typically, these efforts were driven internally, in confidential “skunk-works” projects or innovation teams. But recently, as industries have begun to recognize the complexity of business and social challenges, companies are looking outside their own walls for fresh thinking and new ideas.
When a member brings a challenge to Keystone Labs, they will now have access to more than ten regional universities, colleges and educational institutions, as well as KC’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Powered by the world-class innovation teams at VMLY&R Keystone Labs will be the single access point to an entire ecosystem of collaborators and intellectual capital.
Keystone Labs brings together private and public innovation resources
in mutually beneficial partnerships.
The Keystone Labs program will include three core studios which have been modeled to tackle the biggest problems facing universities, startups and corporations in our community and beyond.
Labs are a proving ground to tackle transformational challenges.
FUTURE OF CITIES
Design | Build
FUTURE OF HEALTH AND MEDICINE
FUTURE OF FOOD
Food & Water
Initial support for Keystone Labs has been tremendous. The Keystone Labs Founding Partner is:
The Founding Members include:
As well as these member firms:
Join Us. Together, we have an opportunity to address our biggest innovation challenges from transportation and health care to the future of cities, climate change and more. If you or your organization is interested in learning more, feel free to reach out.
Connecting corporations to entrepreneurs and startups, as well as helping them bring their own ideas into viable concepts.
Fostering development of innovation concepts by connecting members to each other in project- or challenge-based initiatives.
Providing ongoing support for growth-stage opportunities and learnings.
“As a company that serves some of the best brands from around the world, we’ve seen first-hand the benefit of how creativity and cross-industry collaboration drive opportunity and growth. It’s time for this to happen in KC.”
Jeff Geheb, Chief Experience Officer