By Lesa Mitchell, Managing Director of Techstars Kansas City
The first five months of 2020 laid bare the connectivity and complexity of our professional and personal lives. In the selection of this class, our investment theme is not just anti-fragile businesses, but companies that will thrive in our post-COVID-19 world. The Techstars Kansas City 2020 class includes companies that are enabling the broad desire for greater transparency and access in healthcare, food supply, and justice for all. We’re also welcoming companies with new platforms and new business models that will attract and facilitate broader talent pools and improve productivity for both technology companies and main street businesses.
While we received applications from across the globe, we are investing in ten companies and founders from as far east as Ireland and as far west as L.A. and Portland, and six other cities in between. We will support these founders focusing on building a strong foundation that will allow accelerated growth. Techstars founders and mentors know the power of the network that enabled their own growth and are #GiveFirst in supporting these founders over the next 13 weeks. We look forward to sharing the stories of these founders and how they will be positively impacting our world in the years to come.
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