A prototype traveling exhibit

Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities

UpStart is a prototype of the first traveling museum exhibit focused on exploring the ecosystems that support tech entrepreneurship. It will establish a sustainable model and platform for gathering and sharing the experiences of startup ecosystems all over the country and eventually the world.

First up: Kansas City and Silicon Valley. Modular and moveable, the exhibit is designed so that it can travel to new locations and add their stories. Come check it out and give us your feedback!

Nov. 12 – Dec. 5, 2019

Jan. 3 – Feb. 28, 2020

Kansas City Central Library

CHM Main Lobby


Exhibit Features

UpStart features engaging stories about what–and who–makes up an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Stories about company founders and ecosystem leaders are told through images, artifacts, videos and more. They include:

The Silicon Valley ecosystem story includes Apple, Stitch Fix, and the venture capital cluster.

The Kansas City ecosystem story includes C2FO, ZOLOZ, and the sports venue architecture and sports tech cluster.

One Word features the words of advice of 50+ founders and ecosystem builders from Silicon Valley and KC.

The Entrepreneur’s Journey tracks startups from idea through growth and setbacks to IPO and impact.

Discover More

Companion initiatives designed to capture and share the key elements of these vibrant regions include:

Live events in Kansas City and Silicon Valley.

Workshops exploring challenges and opportunities.

Educational content and resources highlighting challenges and solutions. 

Oral history interviews with entrepreneurs and leaders in Kansas City and Silicon Valley.


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