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"The new 'Kansas City Tech Galaxy' map visualizes data on the entrepreneurial heritage, or genealogy, of nearly 600 firms and institutions in the region."
 
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.

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We are extremely excited to announce a second iKC conference in the works. Introducing--iKC: The Unconference! 

http://thinkbigkansascity.blogspot.com/2013/06/think-big-partners-and-greater-kansas.html
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 Unforeseen events often push entrepreneurs in a direction they never intended and the ripple effects of those course changes can have real impact not just on the individual, but those around him/her.

Seinfeld for Startups: Episode 3 - The Robbery 
http://seinfeldforstartups.blogspot.com/2013/05/episode-3-robbery.html
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Join us tomorrow morning at the Kauffman Foundation for 1 Million Cups! Think Big Accelerator company Kahootz will be presenting their interactive online calendar that allows users to easily organize, share, and discover calendars from any source.

http://kansascity.sites.1millioncups.com/
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We’ve compiled a highlight reel of sorts of what the Think Big Partners Accelerator companies are up to. Take a look: 

http://thinkbigkansascity.blogspot.com/2013/05/what-are-think-big-accelerator.html
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+Think Big Coworking member PlanetReuse Marketplace is getting coached from top business innovators through a new "Startup of the Year" competition hosted by the Wall Street Journal. 

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It’s that  time of year again. Time to unite entrepreneurs, innovators, doers, thinkers & anyone who aspires to make a change in Kansas City- time for 1Week KC! 
 
1Week KC Kicks Off — Got Plans?

What are your 1Week KC plans?

See what Kauffman Foundation associate Cameron Cushman recommends checking out around Kansas City during this entrepreneurship celebration.

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Entrepreneur Corner is (finally) here!

Stop by the Think Big Partners parking lot tonight during First Friday to grab a drink, check out local Zaarly storefronts, chat with the Think Big team & even be the DJ! We'll be featuring Weejay.fm, one of the Think Big Accelerator companies, where you can check into the venue and choose a song to play!

http://thinkbigkansascity.blogspot.com/2013/05/what-is-zaarly-bazaar.html
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New Poll Finds More than Half of Millenials Want to Start Businesses - Access to Capital and Lack of Know-How are Key Barriers 

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Google Glass Documentary Tech Trek will be Presented by Hallmark and Sprint

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Think Big Partners is an early-stage business incubator, startup accelerator and mentorship-based collaborative network that takes ideas, opportunities and entrepreneurs and makes them big.

Think Big by using our in-house team of experts, on-site services, and strategic partnership network to expand your knowledge and grow your idea.

Think Smart and work with entrepreneurs who have been there, done that. As a team experienced in starting dozens of successful businesses across the country, Think Big Partners knows how to build the foundation for success.

Think Fast and improve your execution and time-to-market by utilizing Think Big’s array of services designed for high-growth ventures. 

Think Outside the Box and inside bizperc, our ultra-modern, urban loft space in the heart of Kansas City built to percolate your brilliant idea, connect you with entrepreneurs, and brew your startup opportunity.