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Kansas City Startup Foundation

Unlocking the starter in everyone

aka Startland   |   Kansas City, MO   |  https://www.startland.org

Mission

Startland is a community-building 501(c)3 nonprofit activating a thriving and inclusive culture of innovation in Kansas City through stories, experiences, and talent.

Notes from the nonprofit

We're working and learning alongside our great city as we position ourselves for the economic growth, innovation, and collaborative spirit that having a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem brings. Thank you for your support in whatever form it has been given. It has been essential to KCSF’s growth and to the momentum of the community we serve. We are so grateful for you!

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Julie Leonhardt

Main address

1475 Walnut St

Kansas City, MO 64106 USA

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EIN

47-2601220

NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (J01)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Communities are built by starters — innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs — but this opportunity is not available to everyone. By making innovation accessible and approachable to all, we unlock the potential in individuals and their communities. We do this through education, journalism, and events.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

MECA Challenge

MECA Challenges are one-day student innovation competitions that introduce local high school students to design thinking and entrepreneurial mentors.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Startland News is a nonprofit, digital publication telling stories of Kansas City's most innovative people and ideas from all corners of the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Startup Crawl KC is a one-night tour of Kansas City’s startup community through multiple locations in the Crossroads Arts District.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Back2KC is a year-round initiation highlighted by an annual two-day experience that invites successful tech, creative and business-minded former Kansas Citians to reconnect with their hometown.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Startups to Watch Celebration is an annual event at the end of January celebrating some of Kansas City’s fastest-growing startups anticipated to have banner years.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

The Top VC-Backed Companies Celebration is an invite-only reception to celebrate and recognize the collective accomplishments of Kansas City’s growth-stage, venture capital-backed companies highlighted in an annual report published in Startland News.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Innovation Exchange is a monthly event series hosted by Startland News featuring a robust discussion about a topic or trend affecting innovation and entrepreneurship in Kansas City.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

MECA Methods is “disruptive” professional development for educators, equipping them with a design thinking experience and methodology to utilize in their classrooms.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have a sense of their own feelings and an ability to express empathy for others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

100% of students participating in Startland's 2022 Social Change Internships reported an increased ability to express empathy for others.

Number of diversity training courses conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Working with an outside consultant, Startland conducted full team DEI trainings throughout 2022, resulting in a more cohesive team.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is to unlock the starter in everyone. A starter may be an innovator, a creator, or an entrepreneur. We strive to make innovation accessible and approachable for all through exposure to starters (via Startland News) and through skill development and connection to opportunities (via Startland Education).

At Startland, we want to see Kansas City classrooms become incubators of students’ ideas. We believe that all students – given equitable access to opportunities and resources – can become capable and confident problem-solvers. We help Kansas City kids see problems, name them, explore them, and build relevant, creative solutions – not only in their classrooms, but also in their communities.

Education is the backbone of our communities — shaping the ways in which students will ultimately give back to them.

Startland Education works with students to develop real-world, problem solving skills, and with educators to facilitate this type of learning every day in the classroom. Through Startland Education’s programming and partnerships, they’re helping to create a Kansas City that embraces human-centered design thinking and social change.

Startland News is a digital daily business news publication primarily reporting stories of entrepreneurship and innovation (at the small and global scale) in the Greater Kansas City region. Founded in 2015, it operates as an independently held program of Startland.

Startland News stories humanize the experience of entrepreneurship using the principles of community journalism. Its reporting covers startup companies, small businesses, corporations, community organizations, civic efforts, higher-education, and the overall state of the local economy and highlights the way these sectors impact the daily lives of citizens.

Our reach in 2022: 28 corporate partners, 357 trained educators, 1,316 student participants, 97,000+ email subscribers across all departments, 32,000+ social media followers across all accounts, and 804,000 pageviews in 2022.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Kansas City Startup Foundation

Board of directors
as of 07/10/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Doranne Hudson


Board co-chair

Mr. Davin Gordon

Hall Family Foundation

Anurag Patel

Abada Health

Martha McCabe

KC STEM Alliance

Karen Sandnes

C2FO

Chris Barton

Cerner

Steven Anthony

Economic Development Corporation of KCMO

Kalinda Calkins

BOK Financial

Sheri Gonzalez

University of Kansas

Matthew Mellor

Startland

Shawnee Peterson-Caruthers

Getting Smart

Leigh Anne Taylor Knight

The DeBruce Foundation

India Wells-Carter

Fresh Factory KC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/10/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/19/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.