Wednesday, September 19, 2012

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER EARNS $1 MIL. STARTUP CASH FOR UMKC TECH BIZ PROGRAM!!!



Now this is interesting and seems like an EXCELLENT WAY to develop business in Kansas City while funding education.

The UMKC "Digital Sandbox" attempts to connect large industry to the entrepreneurial and university research networks and providing technical assistance funding for early-stage concept development.

Check the latest from Kansas City's Congressman Cleaver:

MAJOR GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR UMKC

Kansas City, Mo – Congressman Cleaver, together with the U.S. Economic Development Association, is pleased to announce that nearly $1 million in grant funding has been awarded to the University of Missouri Kansas City.

“I applaud UMKC for earning this award, and I look forward to following their continued success in expanding innovation, commercialization, and new enterprise formation in Kansas City, Missouri, and beyond,” said Congressman Cleaver. “This award recognizes UMKC as a soon-to-be model for innovating in the heart of America, increasing the quantity and quality of entrepreneurs coming out of Missouri’s Fifth District, and creating jobs and good opportunities for local economic development. I was proud to advocate for UMKC’s application and am pleased that the Department of Commerce has recognized their continued excellence.”


“We are pleased to be part of this strong collaboration to move the region forward in digital innovation,” said Maria Meyers, Director of UMKC’s Innovation Center. “The Digital Sandbox will fill a much needed role in bringing together our entrepreneurs with big industry and providing support for early stage proof of concept development.”

The award will fund UMKC’s Digital Sandbox Proof of Concept Center, which creates a new process for commercialization in Kansas City by clustering digital innovation in a central hub and providing the needed technology infrastructure. The Sandbox addresses two immediate gaps in the entrepreneurial ecosystem: connecting large industry to the entrepreneurial and university research networks and providing technical assistance funding for early-stage concept development. The project seeks to produce up to 15 new ventures over a two-year period.

This award was funded through the i6 Challenge, which is a multi-agency competition led by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, to promote American innovation, foster entrepreneurship, and increase the commercialization of ideas into viable companies. The competition is designed to encourage and reward universities and research centers to create proof of concept centers that identify innovations to commercialize and help them to put together the building blocks to create high growth, successful companies, including business model support, access to investors, mentors and access to potential customers. Over the last two years, OIE has provided $24 million to 12 winners across the United States to create their own centers for innovation and entrepreneurship. More information on i6 is available here.
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14 Comments:

A truly worthy mustache said...

I've always wondered why Cleaver is "II" instead of "Jr." Seems kind of uppity to me.

Anonymous said...

Looks like he has taken over for the old drunk Kit Bond in bringing home the pork.

Anonymous said...

Good for the congressman. If not us than someone else would get it. Congratulations University of Kansas City

Anonymous said...

He DID NOT earn it. it is taxpayer money, subject to Beaver's arm twisting, and fortunately got some of it to trickle back to KCMO.

Anonymous said...

Two words. Car. Wash

Anonymous said...

1:44 beat me to it but I'll say this to ECII: You didn't earn that!

Anonymous said...

now go raise some money from your black majority voters to pay off your defaulted loan. Oh, wait a minute, they dont have any! I forgot, they get free benefits that we "Tax Payin Folks" are paying for!

Anonymous said...

If Cleaver can find $1 million so easily, why doesn't he find the dough to pay off his car wash loan?

Cleaver is a deadbeat. He does not deserve to hold office.

Anonymous said...

Earns? Right, watch out, he's handing you money and stealing from you with his other hand.

Byron said...

What has your other former mayors done for you? If you don't want the money, then just send it back. In West Virginia, we take all the pork we can get.

Anonymous said...

More of your tax dollars scattered to the wind.
Entrepeneurs from the 5th District creating jobs and wealth for all.
Well, for some.
Well, OK, for folks Cleaver knows!

Byron said...

I mean I LIKE all the hillbilly faggot porking I can get!

Byron said...

Shut up, faggot.

Anonymous said...

Oh Joy! More college grads fighting over cook jobs at McDonalds. So wonderful that we now live in a society where kids go to college, live with mom and dad until they are 30 and then get ten years of good paying work in before they get downsized out of work at 40. ...unless they are willing to relocate to China.