August 22, 2018
By: Tommy Felts, Startland News Editor-in-Chief, and Adam Arredondo, Kansas City Startup Foundation CEO

The Top Venture Capital-Backed Companies in Kansas City List recognizes the growing cohort of growth-stage, venture-backed companies in the Kansas City metro — further illustrating the impact of the countless efforts aimed at boosting entrepreneurship in the region and creating a productive dialogue. The list is expected to be updated and published annually.

The 2018 Top VC-Backed Companies list is sponsored by WeWork Corrigan Station and supported by Startland’s data partner, the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City.

It is important to note that this is not a top 10 list but a comprehensive data set of self-reported information from every company that meets the following criteria and responded to our call for data:

  • Raised at least $1 million;
  • Raised capital from at least one institutional venture investor;
  • Raised a round of capital within the past three years (since July 1, 2015); and
  • Headquartered in the 18-county greater Kansas City region as defined by the KCADC.

We have attempted to remove as much subjectivity from the list as possible, allowing the numbers to speak for themselves. Additionally, we have provided some statistical insights (check out the bulleted details below the list) that help craft a more complete picture of the data collected, as well as three analysis stories featuring Kansas City experts who reviewed the data.

Finally, the default order for the list is the KC Growth Index (also explained below the list) which is our effort to create a fair and significant way to order the companies.

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