Mayor Sly James kicked off the inaugural ESHIP Summit, welcoming 450 ecosystem builders: "You're here to innovate. You're here to do things. You're going to combine with civic leaders, venture capitalists, business leaders of people who have social aims in their programs and with entrepreneurs, and you're going to come up with innovations that help people. This is a city of innovation, a city of entrepreneurs, a city of arts, a city of culture, a city that loves people and people love our city. Welcome to Kansas City."