Techstarts Startup Weekend Kansas City: Make, Design, Build Demo Day


8 teams participated during Techstars Startup Weekend Kansas City on September 20-22, 2019. We enjoyed participants from Kansas City, MO, Iowa, Columbia, MO, Nebraska, and other parts of the world. Global Ties KC brought 35 different international delegates from every corner of the world including Fiji, Georgia, Haiti, Tajikistan, the UK, and Zimbabwe who took part in Startup Weekend’s activities. 

Thank you to Safetyculture, JE Dunn, Kauffman Foundation, UMKC Regnier Institute, and Black & Veatch for allowing us to make this event happen. 

  • 1st Place Ecoeye (WeWork 3 Month Membership & Black & Veatch Accelerator Consult)

EcoEye is a company focused on reducing plastic waste. To do that EcoEye is using biodegradable eco-friendly plastics to package products, starting with the eye care industry.

  • 2nd Place Recycle4YOU  (Meeting with JE Dunn Investment)

    Recycle4YOU is a company that aims to gamify recycling to elementary schoolers. We will send out specialized bins to schools that can track how much each student has recycled using the school’s already implemented ID system and convert it into points for competition.

  • 3rd Place CuePlay (Hammerspace 3 Month Membership)

CuePlay simply the process of renting a pool tables both for players and business establishments by using technology for mobile devices and Internet of Things.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Staychill: We provide a cooling and support accessory you can attach to your existing backpack that eliminates back sweat while wearing your backpack.
  • Pet Tech: HotDog collar will make safety concerns a thing of the past by implementing our temperature reading and GPS tracking technology. Your phone will automatically update you on your dogs status, warning you of potential weather related threats and alerts you if your dog leaves your backyard.
  • SocialNinja is a learning platform for K-5 classrooms that engages students while teaching social and emotional learning skills.


  • Tidy Space is an online application that networks cleaning services with AirBnB property owners, it is intended to be reliable, efficient, and affordable, with built-in checks for both accountability and advocacy for everyone involved.
  • Recrewt

Potential Ideas to Present During Startup Weekend

Techstars Startup Weekend Kansas City is around the corner. There are many ideas that anyone can describe on Friday night to have their dreams become a reality. Below are a list of industries where a product or hardware device can be created. Remember, a software can be developed to compliment the hardware or product. Of course the choice is yours, and we know great things happen during Startup Weekends.

  1. Clean Technology
  2. Robotics
  3. Entertainment
  4. Education Hardware or Product
  5. Game
  6. Internet of Things (IOT)
  7. Construction
  8. Fashion
  9. Redevelopment of an everyday household item
  10. Sports

Kansas City Startup Weekend Prizes-September 20-22, 2019

We are excited to announce prize offerings to winning teams.

Prizes For Kansas City Startup Weekend From Sponsors

Kansas City Startup Weekend is such a great place to learn about starting a business, network, being creative, and more. Our sponsors have shared the prizes that they will provide. We are excited to have their support and to announce prize offerings for winning teams. More prizes will be announced in the future.

Prize A from J.E. Dunn: Review of a business plan with JE Dunn Capital Partners, investment arm.

Prize B from Black & Veatch: A consult with Black & Veatch’s Growth Accelerator team

Why Sponsor Startup Weekend Springfield?

Why Sponsor Startup Weekend Springfield?

Local businesses need and thrive from startup companies. Every business needs a lot from its community. From financing (hello, Mr. Banker), to a facility (real estate), to sales (hey community members!) startup companies do so much good for our local economy.

In the next few slides we’ll explain what Startup Weekend is, and what it can do for you and your business.

If you don’t know briefly, Startup Weekend is a global organization that provides the opportunity to cities across the world to join forces, resources, and minds to create a company in 54 hours. In short, it’s like a slumber party for adults…but a productive one where you form teams and create the company of your dreams.

The 3rd Startup Weekend Springfield is happening June 9th, 10th, and 11th!

What You Don’t Need

What you don’t need for Startup Weekend

If you don’t know briefly, Startup Weekend is a global organization that provides the opportunity to cities across the world to join forces, resources, and minds to create a company in 54 hours. In short, it’s like a slumber party for adults…but a productive one where you form teams and create the company of your dreams.

But this isn’t about what Startup Weekend is, this is about what Startup Weekend provides you. So without further ado, here are the top 10 things you do not need for Startup Weekend!

  1. Friends. Sure friends are great, but you know what? Sometimes they get in the way of new ideas.
  1. Beer. We got you covered! Mother’s Brewing has stepped up again to offer some of the most tasty brews from all the Ozarkian land!
  1. A Shirt. We got you covered on that too! Sure, maybe you don’t want to wear the same one all weekend, but rest assured you’ll have at least one clean shirt for the big weekend.
  1. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Okay, we might skip one of these, but you guys- the food is going to be delish! In the past Wheelhouse has stepped up to dish out fantastic food, come see if they are catering again!
  1. People like you. Entrepreneurs often feel isolated with their crazy ideas of innovation. We are pioneers people, let’s stick together. Who knows- you might leave with your future wife or husband.
  1. An idea. Yeah, it’s super cool if you have an idea for a company, but one of the greatest parts about Startup Weekend is how people work together and how ideas are generated. If you have nothing, join a team that interest you!
  1. Interwebs. The eFactory is graciously hosting again and giving us access to their fabulous Internet! Yessssss!
  1. Money. Other than your ticket price (prices go up May 1st)! Get your ticket here:
  1. Experience. From straight up beginners to retired CEOs- it’s all the same playing field at Startup Weekend. From experienced to novice all are welcome!
  1. Rich Uncle Bob. Sure rich uncles are awesome, but remember the winning company of Startup Weekend earns many resources from the community, possible access to investors, and the kick-start to get their business thriving.

We welcome you to join us in June and see for yourself!

Stay tuned for our next blog featuring what you do need for Startup Weekend Springfield on June 9th, 10th, and 11th!

Cape Girardeau Startup Weekend Winner Receives Investments

What better way to show the impact of Startup Weekend than to have a company come out of the event and receive investment to continue on?

Philip Goggin of Farmington, Missouri, brought the winning concept to the Cape Girardeau Startup Weekend event March 13-15, 2015. The company uses laser technology to assist with providing safe landing zone for air medical helicopters.

On his experience, Goggin said, “This event allowed me to work with a team to validate a lot of the things that we thought make this a good product and make sure there is a need for this out there.”

After Startup Weekend, Philip was invited to pitch at 1 Million Cups at Codefi. A local investor was so intrigued with the presentation that he made an offer to fund the concept and help with getting a prototype made. With the financial and mentoring support from the investor and Codefi, the startup is now working with laser and crystal companies from Germany and Oregon to create the prototype that will be tested.

Goggin said, “I think the thing I took away from Startup Weekend is it really challenged my thought process – in the fact that when someone creates a solution they generally become very biased to that solution saying, “don’t mess with my idea.” With the input from the coaches and mentors asking what I thought about this and that it allowed me to get out of my biased bubble. And once I did that I realized there were areas to improve upon. So it potentially made it into a better product.”

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Main Street Here We Come!

Caffeinate your weekend with KCSW!
Caffeinate your weekend with KCSW!

Have you heard???  The 12th Edition of Kansas City Startup Weekend is coming May 29th!  Come join our caffeinated weekend and kick off #1WKC in style at ThinkBig Partner’s beautiful new building at 1712 Main Street.

There’s so much going on in Kansas City and Main Street itself that we just couldn’t settle on one single theme this go ‘round, so that means… ANYTHING startup goes!  To get some ideas flowing here are a few that we sticky-noted: #smartcity, #quantifiedself, #agtech, #hardware, #nonprofits, #gamification – that’s right, anything goes! So, if you are itching to pull out that idea you tucked away over the winter, need to find a co-founder, or just want to connect with the KC Startup scene, we are looking for YOU! Check us out on FB, on Twitter @KCSW, and online at to find out more about upcoming events.

Would you like to take Startup Weekend for a “test drive” first?  No problem! We have bootcamps set up to tackle key topics like “What is Startup Weekend Anyway?”, “MVP & You!”, and soon to be a new favorite “Pitch Karaoke”! These are great opportunities to grab a friend and meet the locals.

Hope to see you soon!


-The KC Crew

From Lime Pickles to Startups: SWEDU Kansas City

Saturday, 1/24: Startup Weekend EDU – Kansas City

It’s Saturday evening here at Startup Weekend EDU – Kansas City and we’ve already experienced a half-baked game of narwhals, lime pickles, and musical socks, along with 22 early-stage pitch ideas, 9 top-voted teams, and a total of 9 teams formed. Below you’ll find the rundown and inside scoop on the innovation, collaboration, and caffeinated startups being born inside downtown Crossroads Academy’s new 21st century school.  Interested in watching the final pitches? Buy a ticket to Demo Day and watch this group of talented educators, students, and entrepreneurs take Kansas City education by storm.


UNIverse is a platform to connect students to mentors to gain specific academic and career advice so that students can develop skills in areas related to their personal interests. 

Organizer’s Notes: “What famous person would you love to have dinner with?” or so goes a classic ice-breaker question. UNIverse is attempting to take this question literally: what do you, as a student, want to know and who do you need to meet to get you there? Imagine meeting the Socrates of the 21st century, all for a lower price than college tuition. Can we go back to UNIverse(ity)? 


STUCCO is a platform for schools to document behavior incidents and collect data to drive effective interventions and student support.

Organizer’s Notes: Beyond the amazing name (STUCCO), I’m excited for the potential to build data-driven, positive behavior support. Too often, school’s behavior management systems focus on negative consequences or unintentionally reinforce negative behavior. STUCCO has the potential to change that using the same practices in data-driven instruction teachers are already using for academics. 

KC Tech Dojo (soon to be rebranded 😉 )

Tech Dojo is a program that brings computer science and tech education directly to schools. 

Organizer’s Notes: There are plenty of coding programs out there, so why don’t all of our students know how to code? The Tech Dojo team is looking at finding a niche to answer this question and provide schools this valuable piece of 21st century learning for free. Yes, I said free. 

Partners in PD

Partners in PD empowers 21st century, teacher learning through adaptive, innovative tech tools for professional development.  

Organizer Notes: Partners in PD looks to address the bane of every teacher’s experience with professional development by making content relevant and accessible beyond the school building. An exciting piece to this startup is the team’s ideas on how to plug in to teacher training programs to prepare educators long before they even get to the classroom. 

Mobile Design Challenge

Mobile Design Challenge is an annual, student-driven, problem-solving experience that closes the divide between students in the urban core and suburbs of Kansas City through design challenges.

Organizer Notes: This team has faced many challenges already, but I think they’re the dark horse of this competition. Their team leader unfortunately fell ill early on, but they’ve pressed through and have some amazing ideas. Stay tuned. 

My Learning

My Learning teaches the first character set of Hirajana, the basis of Japanese, in a game. Mastery is achieved in just 10 levels.

Organizer Notes: The ambition of this team is mind-boggling – to put a language’s characters into ten levels, let alone guarantee mastery, seems hard enough. When you find out that Japanese has over 20,000 characters and that they want to eventually build a game that further teaches these characters…the possibilities seem endless.

Learning Ground

Learning Ground is a game that makes up remedial skills in math, geography, history, and communication arts.

Organizer Notes: Any technology that engages students, is adaptive, and remediates necessary skills is a slam dunk. The team is also exploring the parent-sided market rather than selling directly to schools – an interesting twist that they’re looking to validate. 

Mobile Make

Mobile Make is a mobile maker space that improves STEAM education by providing lesson plans and real-world applications to skills necessary for the 21st century.

Organizer Notes: There’s plenty of hype around maker spaces right now, but the mobile aspect of this startup, plus the focus on building lesson plans and curriculum rather than just providing raw materials could make any teacher AND student excited to see this truck pull up to their school.  


Pennez is a digital platform that focuses on improving urban core literacy through graphic novels that are culturally-relevant, differentiated, and adaptive to students’ learning.

Organizer Notes: This team came prepared with research, anecdotal evidence, and a mission to make reading material culturally-relevant to minority populations. They’re upfront, unapologetic, and more than necessary in every school in Kansas City. 

Join us tomorrow to see where these teams end up!


The I-70 SWEDU Battle

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If you haven’t heard yet, Kansas City will welcome the first Startup Weekend EDU January 23-25 at the new Crossroads Academy building downtown.

St. Louis is also hosting its own Startup Weekend EDU the weekend prior to KC’s, and as all commonalities between the two MO I-70 cities go, this breeds a little competition.

Next Wednesday, 1/14, each city will host a social media battle to garner the most retweets, shares, likes, and favorites in an attempt to generate ticket sales for their respective events. The Startup Weekend EDU event with the most attendees will earn their winning team:

+ A sampling of the losing’s city’s best food (KC sends BBQ, St. Louis sends toasted ravioli, Gus’s pretzels and Provel cheese)

+ Game tickets to that city’s professional indoor soccer team (KC = Comets and St. Louis = Ambush)

+ Bragging rights, of course

Startup Weekend EDU – Kansas City is also offering a special promotion from now until January 23. If an individual…

1) Retweets @SWEDUKC

2) Posts an idea they have to improve education on the Facebook page

3) Comments on a previous post

4) Tags a friend

…they will receive 15% off their weekend admission.

Here’s how you can help:

RT @SWEDUKC next Wednesday 1/14

Share Startup Weekend EDU – Kansas City‘s posts

Tell all your KCMO friends about the event

Attend and build something better for education!


May the best city win.