We’re thrilled to share today that Sprint is joining the effort to help better support entrepreneurs and their communities with UP Global!
The UP Global and Sprint collaboration will first focus on the Kansas City community, which is gaining recognition as a hub for entrepreneurship in the US, and is also home to The Kauffman Foundation. Sprint will also be engaged in UP Global’s other programs and activities nationwide, including Startup Weekend and The Startup America Partnership.
“The move to team with Sprint is a result of a shared vision for the necessity of entrepreneurship and stronger communities built around innovation. Like us, Sprint understands that the future of our economy rests largely on the shoulders of entrepreneurs and new businesses. We’re excited to create more meaningful impact with the support of such a forward-thinking company,” says Marc Nager, UP Global CEO.
“Sprint recognizes that corporate involvement is important to the success of any entrepreneurial or startup ecosystem,” said Kevin McGinnis, vice president of product platforms at Sprint. “Our UP Global relationship enables Sprint to bring new resources to Kansas City and also extend support on a national scale. In addition, it allows Sprint visibility to high-growth technology startups across the country that we may not be able to identify through our more traditional VC and business development efforts.”
Sprint’s Commitment to Entrepreneurship
For years, Sprint has been actively engaged in the entrepreneurial community, and with a special emphasis on the Kansas City region over the past year, where they have helped to foster collaboration between entrepreneurs, organizations such as The Kauffman Foundation, regional universities and large corporations. In 2012, Sprint helped to secure the i6 Grant to launch Digital Sandbox KC, a proof-of-concept and mentoring center for high-tech start-ups. Sprint is an ongoing supporter of the Kauffman Foundation’s One Million Cups, Silicon Prairie News, local hackathons and other initiatives. In addition, Sprint has a strong history of working with startups in Silicon Valley, helping young companies navigate the corporate world and build momentum behind their new businesses.