Entrepreneurial Missouri

We’ve written before on entrepreneurial activities in our home state. Here’s a Forbes piece from Kauffman’s Lesa Mitchell celebrating Kansas City as the heart of an entrepreneurial ecosystem:

Kansas City is not only in the heart of America, it is in the heart of what’s known as the Silicon Prairie. Opportunities for educational, experiential and entrepreneurial growth continually expand in our urban core, attracting innovators of all ages and interests. Maker Faire KC, one of only four cities outside of California to hold a major Maker event this year, brings inventors, builders and dreamers from varied fields together, helping them create the relationships that build and sustain entrepreneurial success. The promise of the world’s fastest Internet access via Google Fiber is attracting innovators to KC from around the country and helped inspire the just-emerged entrepreneurial neighborhood, KC Startup Village, and Home for Hackers. Startup Weekends are a regular happening here, and the Kauffman Foundation’s own 1 Million Cups and Kauffman FastTrac provide unequalled education and networking opportunities to help entrepreneurs start and grow their companies.


McQuinn Center in the News

Sunday’s Columbia Tribune ran an excerpt from my recent book chapter on entrepreneurship and policy, under the provocative title “Get Government Out of the Way: Entrepreneurs Need Freedom to Prosper.” The longer essay isn’t available online but you can read chunks courtesy of Google Books.

Addendum: I discussed the essay, and entrepreneurship and policy more generally, on the November 19 episode of the Denver-based Start-Up Show.

Ivo Zander at Missouri, on Art and Entrepreneurship

Ivo Zander is a keynote speaker at the Cultural Bricolage conference co-sponsored by the McQuinn Center. Zander is Anders Wall Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University. He speaks Tuesday, November 13, 10:15-11:15, Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union, on “Art and Entrepreneurship: Together and Apart.” Come join us!

Global Entrepreneurship Week in Missouri

Next week is Global Entrepreneurship Week, a Kauffman Foundation-led celebration of entrepreneurship worldwide. In fact, the “GEW” is

the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare

Not only is the world-renowned Kauffman Foundation located in Missouri (Kansas City, Mo., to be precise), but the GEW is celebrated with plentiful activities all over the state: in KC, all along the I-70 through Columbia (with the esteemed McQuinn Center) to St. Louis, as well as in the southwest and southeast corners of the state. These activities all serve to “inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity”. Missouri is thereby well represented in the GEW’s participating 120 countries with 40,000 events worldwide.

In addition, Columbia, Mo., is turning into an entrepreneurial powerhouse bound for international impact. This little town, hometown of the University of Missouri and the McQuinn Center, has quite an entrepreneurial community. The town is home to awesome entrepreneurs Brant Bukowsky (twice on the inc500 list) and Brent Beshore (with inc500-listed AdVentures – #28 in 2011), the Museao building for entrepreneurial events such as the very successful Startup Weekend, the recently launched downtown incubator, the MU Incubator, the Entrepreneurship Alliance, the MU Entrepreneurship Minor, the Small Business and Technology Development Center, the Business Research and Information Development Group (BRIDG), and local investors such as the angel investors’ network the Centennial Investors.

From an entrepreneurial point of view, “CoMo” may very well be the place to be. But first, let’s celebrate the Gobal Entrepreneurship Week.

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