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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.  

See full press release here >



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  “Social venturing offers us the opportunity to harness the best entrepreneurship and philanthropy to create more sustainable and impactful social good in our region.”


 Father Justin Mathews

Founder of Reconciliation Services 

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