‘Startup Crawl’ aims to get entrepreneurs up and running

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Mardi Gras beads and creative head wear — including a Viking helmet — mingled with entrepreneurship-minded Kansas Citians on Friday night in a college-like mixer aimed at highlighting the local startup scene.

The area’s first “Startup Crawl” drew roughly 400 people to the six-stop event, a collaboration between Red Nova Labs and five other entities, said Carrie Royce, the chief planner for the event.

Red Nova, a Web marketing think tank in Westwood, Kan., partnered with KC Startup Village, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Think Big Partners, OfficePort and BetaBlox to showcase roughly 50 startups, said Royce, Red Nova’s chief marketing officer.

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Pipeline Selects Patrick Stoddart for 2013 Entrepreneurial Fellows Program

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The Pipeline entrepreneurial fellowship program has announced that Patrick Stoddart, Founder & CEO of Revdel (Kansas City, Mo.) will join the 2013 Class of Entrepreneurial Fellows.

Pipeline is an exclusive community of high-potential entrepreneurial leaders building high-growth companies throughout the Midwest Region. Each year, approximately a dozen new members representing the Region’s top entrepreneurial companies are invited to join Pipeline after an extensive selection process. New members from Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri participate in a unique and rigorous year-long business leadership development program focused on accelerating the growth of their companies. Pipeline blends workshop modules, advice from national experts and a deepening of the relationships among new and current Pipeline members.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have been selected for Pipeline’s elite fellowship program,” said Patrick Stoddart, Founder and CEO of Revdel. “With such a rich network of mentors and advisors on both a regional and national level, Pipeline has proven its ability to accelerate high-growth startups. I can’t wait to build close relationships with other Pipeline members in the coming year and beyond.”

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Think Big Partners and Denver-based Solopreneur Launch Bodeefit Windows 8 App

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Denver-based solopreneur and Kansas City native Adam Griffin has teamed up with KC-based startup accelerator Think Big Partners to launch a new health and fitness application known as Bodeefit on the Windows 8 platform. Bodeefit is a free application that sends daily Crossfit-inspired workouts, healthy Paleo-inspired recipes and tips to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Bodeefit solves the problem that many fitness enthusiasts have been looking for—an easy-to use, free application that allows workouts in any area, whether at the gym or at home, combined with a simple nutrition guide. The app sends Crossfit and bootcamp-style workouts to a user’s email Inbox or mobile phone every morning and does not require gym membership or workout equipment. Unlike many apps on the market today, Bodeefit eliminates all barriers to fitness including equipment, time, workout education, gym availability and even motivation.

“I have always had this belief that there are too many barriers to people and their fitness,” says Bodeefit founder, Adam Griffin. “Gym costs, trainer fees, confidence barriers, time in the day. Bodeefit was created to remove those barriers.”

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Kansas City Is Building America's Most Entrepreneurial City

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Earlier this year I wrote one of my first piece's for the Huffington Post entitled "Flyover Country? Not this Kansas City." The column focused on many of the incredible things happening on Silicon Prairie. Since then Kansas City has continued to impress with its unbelievable momentum in the entrepreneur, startup and innovation space. Kansas City is on a roll. It's a city on move.

Now as many people might already know Kansas City has the best barbecue in the world. Not only is it the best, but recently one of KC's outstanding BBQ restaurants, Oklahoma Joe's, was named The Manliest Restaurant in America by Men's Health. Try the Z-Man and fries, you won't be disappointed. KC is the barbecue capital of the world, but now through The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's Big 5 Initiative, KC is building to become "America's Most Entrepreneurial City." A lofty goal with serious competition on both coasts, but with Kansas City's rich history of entrepreneurship and innovation anything is possible.

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Kansas City’s Think Big Accelerator Becomes Latest Microsoft Bizspark Partner

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Kansas City’s brand new Think Big Accelerator has just announced that they are the latest partner in the Microsoft Bizspark program.

Think Big Partners and the Think Big Accelerator for emerging early stage, high growth potential startups just announced their first class of six startups last week. The six startups will participate in the accelerator program for 22 weeks of intense training to prepare the startups for a demo day to investors at the end of the session in January.

The six startups selected to go through the program received a seed investment between $18 and $25,000 dollars in exchange for 6-8% equity.

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