Welcome to the Enterprise Center in Johnson County

The Enterprise Center in Johnson County (ECJC) is a non-profit organization that helps Kansas City entrepreneurs grow by providing entrepreneur education, mentoring, and connections to capital. The ECJC is a hub of entrepreneurial activity, housing the Fountain Innovation Fund (seed), Mid-America Angels Investment Network (angel), the Women’s Capital Connection (seed), the Growth Mentoring Service, and the Women’s Business Center. 

Whether you need help determining where to start or you’re working to grow your business, ECJC is a valuable resource in helping entrepreneurs and startups navigate the many resources available to them. ECJC resources are available to companies in Missouri or Kansas. We look forward to meeting you soon!

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The Enterprise Center in Johnson County was recently selected to help form the first-ever Kauffman Entrepreneurs’ Policy Network.

As a part of this initiative, we will be engaging entrepreneurs across the state of Kansas to help bring the voice of the entrepreneurial community to Topeka, though research, events and communications. If you would like to be involved in this effort, please fill out this form so that we can keep you in the loop!

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CAPITAL DEPLOYMENT

Investing annually in 7-10 of the most promising early-stage firms in the Kansas City and providing those companies an accelerated pathway to success.

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Startup Financing and Funding BrandAngel investors are high net-worth individuals who invest in early-stage companies in exchange for equity (typically in the form of preferred stock), often via investment groups such as the Mid-American Angel Network.

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Capital Investment Portfolio CompanyThe Women’s Capitial Connection helps women entrepreneurs invest in themselves and others. If you are a small business owner and are interested in the resources WCC can provide, we invite you to learn more. If you are a woman interested in becoming part of the investor network, let’s talk! Learn more about WCC here.

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PROGRAMMING

GROWTH MENTORING SERVICE
Powered by M.I.T.’s VMS program, and funded by The Kauffman Foundation

The GMS program pairs teams of seasoned mentors with growth-stage founders seeking to scale their company. Meeting monthly as a team, mentors provide strategic advice that supports the founder’s goals of creating jobs and growth.

Businesses can be in any industry, and located on either side of the state line. Teams meet monthly, in-person, and work towards growth.

Founders interested in support via the GMS program must be: 1) Working to scale their business (add jobs), 2) Be working full-time on the business, 3) Have some revenue/customers, 4) Be open to advice 

Mentors interested in sharing their skills should: 1) Be available for at least 3 hours permonth for in-person meetings,  2) Be a seasoned professional, 3) Have no agenda beyond helping founders scale, 4) Be comfortable functioning in a team environment

Whether you are seeking mentoring support — or wanting to offer your skills to founders hitting their stride — we hope you will apply to join us. Someone from ECJC will reach out to speak with you further.

BE MENTORED      BE A MENTOR

Pitch Perfect is an investor-led, 9-week bootcamp supporting founders who are actively seeking to raise at least $250,000 in seed capital – or will be within the next six months. This investor-led program aims to help early-stage companies understand how to get the capital they need to accomplish their growth goals. By offering a safe space of learning, founders will learn the language, options, and ins-and-outs of raising capital – helping to level the playing field.

We will dig into the complexities and trade-offs associated with taking investors’ money, and help founders better understand how investors think about opportunities. Founders will refine their approach to fundraising so they may show up as equals in the fundraising conversation, and maximize their probability of success.

Pitch Perfect is facilitated by Keith Harrington, co-founder and Managing Director of Novel Growth Partners, a revenue-based investment group located in Overland Park, KS.

COHORT #8 BEGINS:  April 25, 2021

WHAT ECJC COMPANIES ARE SAYING

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CHRIS CHEATHAM, CEO
"ClaimKit wouldn't be where it is today without the capital and advice we've gotten from MAA."
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DOUG DANFORTH, CEO
"I depend on the staff at ECJC for feedback and advice to help LINKS-IT grow."
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BABIR SULTAN, CEO

"ECJC workshops are some of the best I've attended. It's a great place to learn new strategies for Royal Loyal."