The Keystone Innovation District will be more than just a “place,” rather it will be the home to a community where all are welcome to join with education partners, corporate partners and philanthropic organizations to design the future.
We Believe In
SUCCESS IN THE Urban Core
While our focus is not on real estate to start, ultimately, our desire is to grow in a location that meets the following criteria:
Accessibility to the region
Proximity to KC's urban core
Access to talent and the ability to attract talent
Mixed-use and ability to scale (density)
Proximity to creative assets
Brand. New. Ideas.
The goal is not to be a co-working space for start-ups, rather a place where new ideas, big, world-changing ideas, are born.
Think students, alongside educators, alongside professionals, who can work together in a collaborative district to innovate, try, test, fail, rework and bring brand new concepts to life.
INNOVATION FOR ALL
At Keystone Innovation District, we invite all ideas to the table. Diversity and inclusion are key tenants to our planning process and as we chart the path for generations to come, both involvement and leadership from those with unique perspectives is critical to our long-term success.
A Phased Approach
This vision has been building for a long time. By a lot of people. So it's not going to happen over night, but it's already underway, starting with initial programming efforts to start laying a solid foundation.
2020 - 2021
Scaling and creating a presence for the Keystone Innovation Community
2021 - 2022
Establishing an initial Keystone presence and programming
2022 - 2023
Growing a dynamic innovation Community and Developing Keystone District with new partners and emerging spaces
2023 & BEYOND
Ongoing programming, community engagement and innovation-driven collaboration
REGIONAL CollaboratION MAKES KC MORE COMPETITIVE
A keystone is a stone at the top of an arch that keeps it all together, standing tall and strong.
The Keystone Innovation District will be similar in that it will be the piece of the puzzle Kansas City has been missing in achieving successful and impactful 'collaborative scale'.
We need to do a better job connecting our disparate efforts to create maximum positive impact, reducing overlap where possible.