Global Entrepreneurship Week–Kansas City Officially Launches Today, Nov. 17

Union Station Kickoff Rally to highlight first day's events

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 17, 2014) — Global Entrepreneurship Week–Kansas City officially launches today with more than 70 local events planned, including tonight's Kickoff Rally at Union Station.

Founded seven years ago by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world's largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups.

Kansas City is consistently among the leading cities for events per capita during the international celebration.

Tonight's Kickoff Rally, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Union Station's Sprint Festival Plaza, is expected to draw entrepreneurs from across the metropolitan area in a networking event that is styled as a political convention.

Municipalities and hyperlocal areas throughout the metropolitan area are encouraged to represent their corner of Kansas City and its entrepreneurial spirit.

To encourage turnout from areas across Kansas City, local groups of 25 or more will be given free admission to the event. Individual tickets will be $7. Registration and event details are available here.

"Tonight's event will be an exciting start to GEW-KC," says Nathan Kurtz, a manager of entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation. "Kansas City has a rich history of entrepreneurship, and this is a great opportunity for our community to get together, network and find out more about what's going on."

Events will take place across Kansas City throughout the week, and are designed to be educational, offer networking opportunities, showcase entrepreneurial expertise, and provide resources to help people launch or grow their business.

A full schedule of events can be found at Participants are encouraged to engage with local GEW events on social media, using the hashtag #GEWKC.

More About Global Entrepreneurship Week
During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. In six years, Global Entrepreneurship Week has expanded to 150 countries — building and strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world. Powered by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and sponsored by Dell, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of roughly 10,000 partner organizations. For more information, visit and follow GEW on Twitter and on Facebook.