Digital Sandbox KC, an unprecedented partnership among private companies, universities and government agencies across the Kansas City region, recently announced key details of the effort to spur development of local IT-related start-up businesses.
The project, led by the Innovation Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, has named a veteran technology entrepreneur as its director: Jeff Shackelford, the co-founder and founder, respectively, of two companies: Birch Telecom, and Tech Guys, Inc.
Maria Meyers, director of the UMKC Innovation Center and the driving force behind the Sandbox concept, announced the 15-member Advisory Board to Digital Sandbox KC. Visit UMKC Today for a full list of members.
At the Sandbox, which will be housed at Union Station, technology innovators and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to brainstorm and problem-solve with top people from the private sector corporate partners to find marketable applications for new discoveries, as well as “orphan technologies” from both corporate- and university-based development labs.
Digital Sandbox KC is 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 financial support and boots-on-the-ground mentoring. Digital Sandbox KC is a key initiative in the effort to brand Kansas City as “America’s Most Entrepreneurial City.”
In terms of eligibility, all ideas related to IT are welcome; but the Sandbox will have four key focus areas:
- data center and cloud operations
- big data and data analytics
- mobile applications, and
- data security
Eligible applicants include entrepreneurs, researchers and startup companies. For additional information, visit UMKC Today Sandbox.