At Big Kansas City, local entreprenuers come together to support regional start up community

KANSAS CITY, MO - More than 100 start-up companies came together for a regional conference to inspire, motivate and support local entrepreneurs.

The Big Kansas City conference was organized by Silicon Prairie News City, a Midwest digital media company. The conference, a two day event, aims to educate and celebrate local entrepreneurs.

Regan Carrizales, an organizer and community builder with Silicon Prairie News City, said it's important for regional cities to have robust and vibrant start-up communities.

"That ecosystem is so important, not only for Kansas City but for the region as well. It's going to be our economic driver. It's going to be able to make us compete on a larger scale," she said.

Michael Demarais, a 20-year old from Boston, came to Kansas City to get his start-up company Handprint, off the ground.  He says Big Kansas City was the perfect opportunity to network and make connections with other people in the tech industry.

"The scene here offers so much," he said. "I've never been to a place where there are so many people who are excited about making things happen and who are willing to offer their resources to help people and make their dreams come true."

The conference was held at the National Airline History Museum at the Downtown Kansas City Airport.

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