Choose your path to success

Get Inspired

Thinking about taking the entrepreneurial leap? There are people and programs that can provide encouragement and real-world support as you follow your dream. Learn about resources available to offer the inspiration and practical skills you need.

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Inspire

  • 1MillionCups

    Engages Kansas City entrepreneurs through a weekly educational program in which regional startups present their companies to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs.

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  • Entrepreneurship.org

    One of the most comprehensive sources of information, tools, and resources available to help entrepreneurs operate a business venture, create wealth, and employ people.

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  • Global Entrepreneurship Week

    An annual weeklong series of celebrations involving millions of people in more than 100 countries, designed to inspire entrepreneurship and innovation.

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  • istart

    iStart is the go-to site for entering business competitions from around the world, browsing pages of startup ideas and networking with entrepreneurs.

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  • Kauffman Founders School

    Tapping the potential of online education, Founders School presents curriculum that enable entrepreneurs to learn anytime, anywhere, through a rich learning experience presented by subject matter experts.

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Inspire

  • Maker Faire

    Created by Make magazine, it’s the premier event for grassroots American innovation, celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science, and technology.

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  • Entrepreneur of the Year

    An awards program recognizing entrepreneurs who create jobs and drive economic vibrancy. US nominations are due March 9, 2012.

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  • Khan Academy

    Online interview, video series featuring personal lessons and insights from accomplished entrepreneurs, including tips, anecdotes, and personal characteristics.

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  • Silicon Prairie News

    A digital media company dedicated to highlighting and supporting entrepreneurs, creatives and investors in and around Omaha, Des Moines, and Kansas City.

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  • Startup Genome

    A worldwide network of volunteer curators creating a comprehensive database of local startup companies and entrepreneurs.

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Inspire

  • The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

    An online program that immerses participants in the fundamental concepts of an entrepreneurial mindset to empower learners and help them develop entrepreneurial skills.

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  • Startup Weekend

    This platform hosts 54-hour events at a grassroots level worldwide to educate aspiring entrepreneurs by immersing them in the process of moving an idea to market.

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Get Networked

Personal connections can be crucial when seeking mentors, partners, clients and key employees. These programs introduce you to key people you might not have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.

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Network

  • 1MillionCups

    Engages Kansas City entrepreneurs through a weekly educational program in which regional startups present their companies to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs.

    Visit Site

  • Entrepreneurship.org

    One of the most comprehensive sources of information, tools, and resources available to help entrepreneurs operate a business venture, create wealth, and employ people.

    Visit Site

  • Global Entrepreneurship Week

    An annual weeklong series of celebrations involving millions of people in more than 100 countries, designed to inspire entrepreneurship and innovation.

    Visit Site

  • istart

    iStart is the go-to site for entering business competitions from around the world, browsing pages of startup ideas and networking with entrepreneurs.

    Visit Site

  • Kauffman FastTrac

    Practical, hands-on learning programs for entrepreneurs delivered by a variety of affiliate organizations in the U.S., around the world.

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Network

  • Angel  Resource Institute

    Provides education, training, mentoring, and information on best practices in the field of angel investing to improve connections between angel investors and entrepreneurs.

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  • The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

    An online program that immerses participants in the fundamental concepts of an entrepreneurial mindset to empower learners and help them develop entrepreneurial skills.

    Visit Site

  • Khan Academy

    Online interview, video series featuring personal lessons and insights from accomplished entrepreneurs, including tips, anecdotes, and personal characteristics.

    Visit Site

  • Maker Faire

    Created by Make magazine, it’s the premier event for grassroots American innovation, celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science, and technology.

    Visit Site

  • PIPELINE

    A nationally-acclaimed Midwest entrepreneurial “immersion” program and powerful network for innovative, high-growth entrepreneurs.

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Network

  • Silicon Prairie News

    A digital media company dedicated to highlighting and supporting entrepreneurs, creatives and investors in and around Omaha, Des Moines, and Kansas City.

    Visit Site

  • Startup Genome

    A worldwide network of volunteer curators creating a comprehensive database of local startup companies and entrepreneurs.

    Visit Site

  • Startup Weekend

    This platform hosts 54-hour events at a grassroots level worldwide to educate aspiring entrepreneurs by immersing them in the process of moving an idea to market.

    Visit Site

  • U.S.SourceLink is America's largest resource network for entrepreneurs, encompassing more than 5,000 entrepreneurial support organizations that serve established businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Get Creative

Have a great idea? The trick is turning your passion into a viable product or service. Learn about programs offering the practical processes needed to move your idea to market and put your business on a solid foundation.

Let us help you get creative

Create

  • Global Entrepreneurship Week

    An annual weeklong series of celebrations involving millions of people in more than 100 countries, designed to inspire entrepreneurship and innovation.

    Visit Site

  • istart

    iStart is the go-to site for entering business competitions from around the world, browsing pages of startup ideas and networking with entrepreneurs.

    Visit Site

  • Kauffman FastTrac

    Practical, hands-on learning programs for entrepreneurs delivered by a variety of affiliate organizations in the U.S., around the world.

    Visit Site

  • Kauffman Founders School

    Tapping the potential of online education, Founders School presents curriculum that enable entrepreneurs to learn anytime, anywhere, through a rich learning experience presented by subject matter experts.

    Visit Site

  • The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

    An online program that immerses participants in the fundamental concepts of an entrepreneurial mindset to empower learners and help them develop entrepreneurial skills.

    Visit Site

Create

  • Innovation Fund America

    This innovative program empowers community colleges to support high-growth tech startups and entrepreneurs in their communities with seed-stage capital, high-impact mentorship, educational resources, and access to important networks.

    Visit Site

  • Khan Academy

    Online interview, video series featuring personal lessons and insights from accomplished entrepreneurs, including tips, anecdotes, and personal characteristics.

    Visit Site

  • Maker Faire

    Created by Make magazine, it’s the premier event for grassroots American innovation, celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science, and technology.

    Visit Site

  • PIPELINE

    A nationally-acclaimed Midwest entrepreneurial “immersion” program and powerful network for innovative, high-growth entrepreneurs.

    Visit Site

  • Startup Genome

    A worldwide network of volunteer curators creating a comprehensive database of local startup companies and entrepreneurs.

    Visit Site

Get Coaching

A good mentor will offer you timely guidance about your particular industry or phase of business. These programs are designed to connect you with coaching and help you make the right moves.

Let us help you get coaching

Mentor

  • 1MillionCups

    Engages Kansas City entrepreneurs through a weekly educational program in which regional startups present their companies to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs.

    Visit Site

  • istart

    iStart is the go-to site for entering business competitions from around the world, browsing pages of startup ideas and networking with entrepreneurs.

    Visit Site

  • Kauffman FastTrac

    Practical, hands-on learning programs for entrepreneurs delivered by a variety of affiliate organizations in the U.S., around the world.

    Visit Site

  • Kauffman Founders School

    Tapping the potential of online education, Founders School presents curriculum that enable entrepreneurs to learn anytime, anywhere, through a rich learning experience presented by subject matter experts.

    Visit Site

  • The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

    An online program that immerses participants in the fundamental concepts of an entrepreneurial mindset to empower learners and help them develop entrepreneurial skills.

    Visit Site

Mentor

  • Innovation Fund America

    This innovative program empowers community colleges to support high-growth tech startups and entrepreneurs in their communities with seed-stage capital, high-impact mentorship, educational resources, and access to important networks.

    Visit Site

  • Khan Academy

    Online interview, video series featuring personal lessons and insights from accomplished entrepreneurs, including tips, anecdotes, and personal characteristics.

    Visit Site

  • PIPELINE

    A nationally-acclaimed Midwest entrepreneurial “immersion” program and powerful network for innovative, high-growth entrepreneurs.

    Visit Site

  • Startup Genome

    A worldwide network of volunteer curators creating a comprehensive database of local startup companies and entrepreneurs.

    Visit Site

  • U.S.SourceLink is America's largest resource network for entrepreneurs, encompassing more than 5,000 entrepreneurial support organizations that serve established businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.

    Visit Site

Mentor

  • Astia

    A global not-for-profit organization that propels women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving growth.

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  • Startup Weekend

    This platform hosts 54-hour events at a grassroots level worldwide to educate aspiring entrepreneurs by immersing them in the process of moving an idea to market.

    Visit Site

Get Capitalized

Money is the fuel that drives any business, but there are many misconceptions about where startups get their operating capital. While we can't fund your startup, we can guide you to resources where you can learn more about "the money game."

Let us help you get capitalized

Capital

  • istart

    iStart is the go-to site for entering business competitions from around the world, browsing pages of startup ideas and networking with entrepreneurs.

    Visit Site

  • Innovation Fund America

    This innovative program empowers community colleges to support high-growth tech startups and entrepreneurs in their communities with seed-stage capital, high-impact mentorship, educational resources, and access to important networks.

    Visit Site

  • Astia

    A global not-for-profit organization that propels women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving growth.

    Visit Site

  • Angel  Resource Institute

    Provides education, training, mentoring, and information on best practices in the field of angel investing to improve connections between angel investors and entrepreneurs.

    Visit Site

  • U.S.SourceLink is America's largest resource network for entrepreneurs, encompassing more than 5,000 entrepreneurial support organizations that serve established businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.

    Visit Site