Startup Crawl KC returns to showcase local entrepreneurs June 9

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A performer at a past Startup Crawl. // Courtesy photo

Discover the new Kansas City when Startland News’ one-night tour of innovation and entrepreneurship, Startup Crawl, returns to the metro June 9 for the first time since 2019. The crawl is presented by Husch Blackwell law firm and General Admission is free.

Guests of the crawl are invited to make their way to three stops throughout the Kansas City Power & Light District where more than 50 startups and community organizations will be on display and people working to make Kansas City the most entrepreneurial (and innovation-focused) community in America will fill each room.

Each stop along the crawl route will feature groups of companies at various stages in the startup and small business journey, grassroots community organizations, local food, music, and art.

The main entry point to the crawl, supporting sponsor Spark Kansas City, will host companies from Startland News Kansas City Startups to Watch list in addition to community organizations and small businesses on the rise.

Enjoy food, drinks, and live music. A full lineup will be announced soon.

Important: Guests must check in at Spark to begin participation in Startup Crawl and to receive drink tickets and other promotional giveaways. Parking can be validated at Spark at the end of the night.

The seconds top of the startup crawl features sponsor H&R Block, who will host organizations featured as part of Startland News’ ongoing Community Builders to Watch series in addition to community-focused small businesses, startups, and nonprofit groups.

The official crawl concludes at Blade & Timber. Throw axes (and the towel in) as you reach the third and final stop of the crawl. Supporting sponsor Swell Spark (the brains behind Blade & TimberBreakout KC, and Sinkers Lounge) will host venture capital backed companies, bootstrapped startups, local investment firms and capital-focused organizations.

Patrons  can unlock a fourth crawl zone with a VIP badge and access the Husch Blackwell post-crawl experience at Sinkers Lounge. VIP tickets are $30 and can be reserved online. Free GA admission must be reserved online in advance, too.

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