Gov. Jay Nixon will join top executives from Kansas City corporate icons Hallmark, Sprint, UMB Bank, Cerner, VML, RareWire and more to help the University of Missouri-Kansas City Innovation Center launch the new Digital Sandbox KC, a proof-of-concept and mentoring center for high-tech start-ups.
“Digital Sandbox KC, Where Innovators Come to Play,” is the result of a highly competitive $1 million federal grant won by UMKC to create a center to spur development of IT-related start-up businesses in the Kansas City region. At the launch event, officials will reveal the center’s director, advisory board, application process and eligibility guidelines and details of how the center will operate.
Digital Sandbox KC is unique among economic development and entrepreneurship efforts in that it is supported by a wide array of private sector partners as well as economic development agencies, non-profit groups and universities. Corporate partners will provide not just financial support but boots-on-the-ground mentoring and advising from top executives. Digital Sandbox KC is a key initiative in the effort to brand Kansas City as “America’s Most Entrepreneurial City.”
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RareWire, LLC (www.rarewire.com) is a software and services company dedicated to enabling the creation of native apps on iPads and other mobile devices at a significantly reduced cost in a much faster timeframe. RareWire’s App Creation Studio requires the skillset of a web designer, rather than a programmer, to build native apps in hours or days that would typically take programmers weeks or more to build. Visit www.rarewire.com for more information.
When 1:30 p.m. Friday February 1st, 2013
Where Extreme Screen Theater, B level, Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO
Contact John Martello (816)235-1592;Cell (816)695-5311;Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Press Release Originally Appeared at UMKC Public Relations Media Advisory