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1. KC Startup Village helps send KU students on Seattle networking trip — Silicon Prairie News
The Kansas City Startup Village helped send 14 KU students to Seattle this week. The Startup Village donated $1,000 from its MECA (Most Entrepreneurial City in America) challenge to help send 14 ISAK (Information Systems Association of KU) students to the two-day networking event in Washington.
2. Iowa-based FullStack expands to Kansas City — The Hale Center For Journalism
Iowa-based FullStack has expanded into the Kansas City market. The full-service startup development company hosted an official launch party at Snow & Co. last week with entrepreneurs from around Kansas City in attendance. Josh Cramer and Jonny Kot of FullStack explain the reason behind the move and what they hope to achieve in the new market.
3. Sprint Accelerator startups look to the community for talent — Kansas City Business Journal
Startups in the Sprint Accelerator are looking to the Kansas City community for talent. Several weeks into the three-month accelerator program, seven of the 10 companies involved are looking to fill a total of 16 positions ranging from designers and engineers to data scientists and community managers.
4. Fiber expansion comes with unforeseen consequences — Kansas City Star
Google Fiber’s expansion throughout Kansas City brings ultrafast internet, but also some previously unknown concerns. As Google strings and buries over 6,000 miles of fiber optic lines, this year MGE reports a 40 percent increase of damage done to power lines in the metro. The Kansas City Star reports trees being “denuded,” as well as electrical, telephone and even natural gas lines being clipped.
5. Charter Fitness eyes Kansas City market for double digit expansion — Kansas City Star
Charter Fitness is looking toward Kansas City to expand their multi-state fitness centers. The company is considering 11 fitness centers in the metro, which could create 150 to 200 new jobs. Dan Collins, the company’s chief operations officer, said that while barbecue was a bonus to a Kansas City expansion, the main reason is Kansas City’s rate of growth, which has created a “really good opportunity” for the company and entrepreneurs.