Funding the 7-10 most promising early-stage start-ups in the Greater Kansas City Region each year…

The Fountain Innovation Fund provides capital to regional companies sitting between proof of concept and full commercialization.

Our role is to support companies with great ideas move from early validation to market with a finished product and their first paying customers. We know we must Grow Our Own (#growyourown)

How it Works:

Our process is rigorous and competitive, and is designed to provide vetting and connections at the earliest stages.

Who Do We Fund?

The Fund addresses a critical funding gap and ensures the best ideas make it the next stage of capital. We are focused on creating jobs and success stories for Kansas City, increasing our regional competitiveness, and fueling innovation.

We are looking for companies that meet the following criteria:


Are you fit? Then we want to hear from you..

Fountain innovation Key Dates and Deadlines
May Consideration June Consideration July Consideration Aug Consideration Sept Consideration
Deadline for Submissions 1-May 18-May 15-Jun 13-Jul 14-Aug
Presenters Informed 13-May 2-Jun 8-Jul 29-Jul 28-Aug
Screening Committee Pitch Date 18-May 8-Jun 8-Jul 3-Aug 7-Sep
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The Fountain Innovation Fund is a significant component to creating a vibrant entrepreneurial economy that can provide promising, growing ventures capital at every stage. Be a part of our story, and let us be a part of yours.

The Fund is supported by a Federal Department of Commerce Grant and the Kauffman Foundation

For more information:

Maggie Kenefake
Managing Director
Fountain Innovation Fund
Phone: 913-438-2282

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