UpStart: Silicon Valley and Kansas City Startup Stories

Meet the upstarts: risk-takers, visionaries, disruptors, founders, and builders. What makes these people tick and where can they thrive? UpStart is a prototype traveling exhibit about entrepreneurial people, companies, and communities. After showing in Kansas City in November and December, 2019, the exhibit showed in Silicon Valley until March 2020.

Exhibit Features

Explore stories from KC founders like Sandy Kemper at C2FO and Toby Rush at ZOLOZ, community builders like Adam Arrendondo, Joni Cobb and Darcy Howe, and stadium design and sports tech champions like Populous and ShotTracker.

Learn about Silicon Valley, from the legendary Apple to fashion innovator StitchFix and the venture capital cluster. Walk in the footsteps of an entrepreneur and discover “One Word” of advice from more than 50 startup leaders. Download an exhibit brochure.

Explore UpStart

UpStart companion initiatives include online activities that extend learning beyond the exhibit and provide lessons learned from Kansas City and Silicon Valley on building an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Explore, learn, and provide feedback about the exhibit and programs in Discover More below.


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