DOING WELL BY DOING GOOD
Kansas City Social Venture Studio is a four-month program that is custom-designed for social entrepreneurs to grow their business and increase their community impact. The program offers a variety of benefits and opportunities that are designed to meet entrepreneurs at their unique stage of growth.
Programming includes business mentoring, cohort peer connections, curriculum focused on social impact, technical assistance, and more. Social Venture Studio combines individual development, cohort learning, and the benefit of an unrestricted grant.
Kansas City Social Venture Studio (SVS) is an accelerator started by the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City and Downtown Council of Kansas City, operated through Keystone Innovation District, and funded by The Sunderland Foundation.
Important Dates to Remember:
January 4, 2023: Application opens
March 1, 2023: Application closes
March 21, 2023: Applicants notified if they move forward to a second-round video interview
March 29-31, 2023: Second round video interviews
April 11-12, 2023, Final pitch interviews
April 20, 2023: Notification of awards
June 6, 2023: Programming starts
Key Program Participation Requirements:
In-person participation and completion of goals on individual development plan
Open mindset to grow and scale
Preference for co-founders and founders with senior leader who can co-participate in the program
Social Venture Studio Programming Dates:
Programming takes place at Keystone Co-Lab from 9am-5pm every Tuesday from June through September (excluding the weeks of Fourth of July and Labor Day)
Programming Dates include: June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8, August 15, August 22, August 29, September 12, September 19, September 26
Final Demo Day will take place on September 28th from 5-7pm.
Proud recipient of the 2022 IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Award for our work in promoting economic equity and inclusion.
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Selected companies will receive a grant ranging from $20,000 to $40,000.
Media exposure including podcast and featured stories.
Co-working office space at Keystone CoLAB (800 E. 18th St.).
Legal, financial, and marketing mentorship and assistance.
Experts and leaders from a variety of fields will offer council, advice, and services.
Peer & Alumni Support
Alumni programming and connections to all LaunchKC accelerator alumni events.
“SVS was very helpful, informative and very supportive. This program allowed us to grow not only as entrepreneurs but as people too. We got to come together as a group to learn and really dive into each other's businesses. We learn that we all have problems while trying to change the world. It gave us the sense we are not alone. It gave clarifications and solutions on problems we faced as a business. They are also praised when we are doing great things. I love what SVS has created for the city of Kansas City.”
Jerren Thornhill, OnePair