1Week KC to Celebrate Kansas City Entrepreneurship June 9-15

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City’s annual celebration of entrepreneurship is being held June 9-15, 2014. For the third consecutive year, 1Week KC will feature a series of local events to help build even greater awareness of and support for entrepreneurship and innovation throughout the Kansas City region.

“1Week KC celebrates everything the Kansas City entrepreneurial community has done — and aspires to,” said Nathan Kurtz, a manager in entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation. “Right now, 1 Million Cups is two years old, Kansas City Startup Village is two years old and this week of celebration is the catalyst to bring everybody together. We’re truly on our way to becoming America’s most entrepreneurial city.”

Kurtz added, “Whether or not you’ve participated in 1Week KC before, this is the time to come together, get inspired, encourage and connect. It’s such an exciting thing to be a part of.” Throughout the course of the week, organizers expect to bring together more than 2,500 entrepreneurs, corporate representatives, investors and supporters.

New this year, 1Week KC will feature one or two signature events per day, enabling participants to easily attend them all. Specific events include such things as Entrepreneur Day at The K, an innovative technology showcase at Hallmark headquarters and Startup Weekend.

All 1Week KC activities are open to the public and most of them are free. Visit www.1WeekKC.com for complete details and to register for each event. 1Week KC sponsors are the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Garmin, Kauffman Foundation, KCSourceLink, Sprint and UMB.

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1Week KC signature events include:

Monday, June 9
• Startup Games powered by Google Fiber
6 to 9 p.m.
Google Fiber Space Lounge (1814 Westport Road)

Tuesday, June 10
• E Day @ The K
4 to 7 p.m. — tailgate party in Lot N
7:10 p.m. — Royals vs. Cleveland
Kauffman Stadium (One Royal Way)

Wednesday, June 11
• 1 Million Cups
9 to 10 a.m.
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road)
• Digital Sandbox KC Innovation Showcase
4:30 to 7 p.m.
Hallmark Cards corporate headquarters (2501 McGee Trafficway)

Thursday, June 12
• Sprint Techstars Demo Day
4:30 to 8 p.m.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (1601 Broadway Blvd.)
• Silicon Prairie News Pub Quiz
7 to 10 p.m.
2000 Grand (2000 Grand Blvd.)

Friday, June 13
• Startup Waffles
7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Think Big Partners (1800 Baltimore)
• Startup Party
9 p.m to 2 a.m.
Mosaic Lounge patio (1331 Walnut St.)

Weekend, June 14-15
• Startup Weekend
6 p.m. on Friday to 6 p.m. on Sunday
Check 1WeekKC.com for location
• Boulevardia
5 p.m. on Friday to 6 p.m. on Sunday
West Bottoms (the historic 12th Street bridge west of downtown)