“Today innovation is no longer locked up in narrow industry silos. For entrepreneurs to succeed, they need to be plugged into an entire ecosystem, and at Keystone, that’s precisely what we’ve built.”

-Davyeon Ross, Board Chair for Keystone

LaunchKC is a nonprofit initiative co-founded by the Downtown Council and the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri. LaunchKC has become an economic engine that has generated nearly $50 million in funding and hundreds of new jobs in the region.

Keystone Labs will provide an array of operational functions for LaunchKC, including the planning, development and execution of all educational programming; office space and real estate for the participating companies; program management staff; and development of the business models between participating companies and industry.


LaunchKC’s accelerator platform partners KC corporations with tech startups. Selected startups align with each corporation’s goals, providing them access to innovative products and services. Programs include: 


Established in partnership with Black & Veatch in response to the COVID-19 outbreak - designed for companies looking to scale emerging solutions to save lives, help communities and grow the economy.


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 Opening pathways for access to clients, mentors, and investors who can help insurance agency-focused tech companies quickly grow and scale. Powered by TechAssure.


Aiming to foster new ideas and support companies that are working on transformative solutions in health care and data analytics. Powered by Nueterra Capital.


Connecting social entrepreneurs with the resources they need to succeed so they can focus on sustainable solutions for solving some of our region's social, racial and environmental issues.