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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 8, 2024: Application opens

  • March 1, 2024: Application closes

  • March 22, 2024: Applicants notified if they move forward to a second-round video interview

  • March 27-29, 2024: Second round video interviews 

  • April 16-17, 2024, Final pitch interviews

  • April 22, 2024: Notification of awards 

  • June 4, 2024: 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 4, June 11, June 18, June 25, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6,  August 13, August 20, August 27, September 10, September 17, September 24 

  • Final Demo Day will take place on September 26th from 5-7pm. 

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Proud recipient of the 2022 IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Award for our work in promoting economic equity and inclusion.

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PROGRAM PERKS

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Funding

Selected companies will receive a grant ranging from $10,000 to $25,000.

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Exposure

Media exposure including podcast and featured stories.

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Office Space

Co-working office space at Keystone CoLAB (800 E. 18th St.).

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Technical Assistance

Legal, financial, and marketing mentorship and assistance.

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Mentorship

Experts and leaders from a variety of fields will offer council, advice, and services. 

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Peer & Alumni Support

Alumni programming and connections to all LaunchKC accelerator alumni events.

MEET THE '24 COHORT

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Clinton

Velazquez

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Rodney

Woodard

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Jacob Canyon Robinson

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Godfrey

Riddle

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Mandy

Shoemaker

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Terrell

Jolley

Integrity Capital Management

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Tate

Williams

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Callie

Weitzel

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JQ

Sirls

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Herston

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“SVS provided me with invaluable tools, mentorship & connections that I needed to grow as a business leader and in turn helped me grow my business. It was a true accelerator in the fact that it gave me way more to learn and grow with each week than I could have acquired on my own even over a year or two. I am proud to be developing a social venture and am confident I can continue to progress to the next level.”

Dr. Brandy Archie, AskSAMIE 

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