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Washington, D.C. – At South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive – a conference for startup companies and tech enthusiasts held in Austin, Texas, last week – there was ongoing chatter about Kansas City’s reputation as a growing tech hub and hotbed for startup companies. Since then, the buzz has been echoing on both sides of the Atlantic.

“The rest of the world is now learning what we’ve known for some time: KC is a great place for entrepreneurship and innovation,” U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) said. “Kansas City’s economy benefits from the innovations of our region’s fast-growing startups and a willingness among long-standing area companies to invest in the community. Companies like Sprint, Cerner and Hallmark, as well as Kansas City’s own Kauffman Foundation and a number of individual community leaders, recognize that innovation is the key to economic growth. Their efforts have helped Kansas City leverage its local resources to become America’s most entrepreneurial city.”


Research published by the Kauffman Foundation shows that from 1990-2010, Kansas City had the third highest increase overall among the largest U.S. metropolitan areas in high-tech startup density. Kansas City ranked first for the highest increase among the largest metropolitan areas in high-tech startup density from 1990-2010 in the United States when based only on information and communications technology.