New Map Tracks Evolution of Entrepreneurship in Kansas City
A newly created map of Kansas City's entrepreneurial community points to nearly a dozen firms and institutions that have spawned a majority of the metro region's information technology and life sciences companies. Based upon research funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and conducted by Professor Heike Mayer of the University of Bern in Switzerland, the new data visualization depicts Kansas City's entrepreneurial development over the past 50-plus years.
"Kansas City appears to have followed a markedly different path of economic development than more prominent tech regions like Silicon Valley and Boston," said Mayer, who has studied Kansas City's entrepreneurial culture since 2005. "In contrast to those regions where growth has long been attributed to the presence of large research universities, regions like Kansas City, which are not typically known for high-tech industry, have leveraged large home-grown firms to develop the region's knowledge, labor and entrepreneurship."
The new "Kansas City Tech Galaxy" poster map visualizes data on the entrepreneurial heritage, or genealogy, of nearly 600 firms and institutions in the region.
The founders and principals of 214 Kansas City tech companies responded to an online survey Mayer conducted in late 2012 and early 2013.
That data was supplemented by secondary research on another 368 area firms. Most respondents can be categorized as small businesses.See the Map & Read Morehttp://kff.mn/146C8Lp