Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:45pm EST —
Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:50pm EST
"The Entrepreneurial Community in Kansas City: From Fragmented to Collaborative?”
Join Heike Mayer, professor of economic geography at the University of Bern, Switzerland, as she shares the findings of her recent research to assess the entrepreneurial community surrounding the technology and life sciences sectors in metropolitan Kansas City. Based on interviews she conducted with regional experts, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs in summer 2012, Mayer concludes that Kansas City’s entrepreneurial community is fragmented, and the role of large firms as incubators has diminished during the past six years. At the same time, however, she finds collective efforts to improve the local entrepreneurial community have improved, and several effective mentoring and networking groups have emerged.