FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 10, 2015
Kansas City named top-five emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem by the Global Entrepreneurship Network
Kansas City, Missouri, will be represented by Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress which will convene in in Milan, Italy from March 16-19. During the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, Kansas City will be recognized as a top-five emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem by the Global Entrepreneurship Network. Additionally, Mayor Pro Tem Circo will serve as one of four international speakers to showcase Kansas City’s entrepreneurial community to delegates representing more than 140 countries.
“Kansas City’s entrepreneurial spirit is strong, and our commitment to helping businesses emerge in Kansas City is noteworthy,” said Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo. “I’m proud to share our hometown success with leaders from across the globe.”
Kansas City is one of only four featured cities scheduled to speak to the congress delegates as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress. This opportunity sets Kansas City on a global stage, and highlights the City’s success in nurturing technology and entrepreneurship to strengthen the City’s community and promote business development in Kansas City. As part of this presentation, Kansas City’s story will be shared with thousands of international delegates representing more than 140 countries across the globe.
Chair of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, Jonathan Ortmans, applauds Kansas City’s entrepreneurship community by citing the City’s successful engagement of entrepreneurs through the deployment of Google Fiber and support of Kansas City Startup Village; He also recognizes Kansas City’s involvement as part of larger conversations including 1 Million Cups, Startup Grind, Code for America Brigade, Geek Nights, aSTEAMvillage, KCSourcelink and more.
The Global Entrepreneurship Congress was formed in part due to initiatives set in place through the Kauffman Foundation’s founding of Global Entrepreneurship Week, an entrepreneurial ecosystem which connects people across borders to unleash their ideas and transform innovation into reality—in turn growing economies and expanding human welfare. To support the initiative, the Kauffman Foundation brought together the host organizations from nearly 60 nations to create the first ever Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March 2009 at its headquarters in Kansas City. The entrepreneurial spirit of the Mayors of Kansas City, MO, and Kansas City, KS, is captured in this sketchbook prepared by the Kauffman Foundation.
Media inquiries should be directed to City Communications Director, Chris Hernandez, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 816-513-3474.
Media interviews with Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo are available only on Wednesday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Town Pavilion located at 1100 Walnut St. Please contact Chris Hernandez to schedule interviews.