Programs that support collisionsco-learning and connectedness.

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MECA Challenge

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MECA Challenge is a versatile program that serves as an engaging learning experience for students and professional development for educators.

The one-day program challenges teams of six to solve real problems for local companies in four hours or less.  Teams are guided by hand-selected mentors from the entrepreneurial community and must be ready to present their solutions by the end of the event to a panel of judges and all their peers.

"MECA Challenge does not open doors, but rather presents a locked one and teaches you how to make your own key.”

- Rosie Hall, 2014 student participant

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"I was challenged to use skills I don't normally use and had the opportunity to be creative. I thought this was a great way to engage the next generation with entrepreneurial thinking. "

-Student participant

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"I was challenged to use skills I don't normally use and had the opportunity to be creative. I thought this was a great way to engage the next generation with entrepreneurial thinking. "

-Student participant

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2016 Program Statistics

16

Events

703

Students

248

Teachers

136

Mentors

32

High Schools

4

Universities

Startland News

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Startland News is Kansas City’s home for innovation news.

Startland is a digital publication, covering Kansas City’s startup and entrepreneurial community. Our mission is to give a voice to startups as well as city leaders, educators, investors and corporations who support innovation and entrepreneurship.

We aim to be a resource and advocate for innovators and early-stage businesses, but also serve as storytellers for the larger network of stakeholders in the entrepreneurial community.

Village Square

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The Village Square, located in the Kansas City Startup Village, is a coworking studio that offers entrepreneurs and startups a place to call home. We’ve got everything you need (desk, chairs, coffee and more) to keep you going while you build the next BIG thing.

It’s also an event space for the community at large to host the meetings and gatherings that mean the most to them.

So find a desk, grab a chair and get to work. We’ve got the rest covered.

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