City Ecosystem Overview

OHUB has been building an inclusive entrepreneurship hub and ecosystem from the ground up in the Kansas City Metropolitan Region since May, 2019. The Kansas City metropolitan area is a bi-state 14-county metropolitan area straddling the border between the U.S. states of Missouri and Kansas. Its most populous municipality is Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO) in which 30% and 10% of the citizens are Black and Latinx, respectively. KCMO’s Black population is concentrated in the 3rd and 5th Congressional Districts. OHUB’s Ecosystem Lab is physically located in the historic 18th and Vine Corridor.

OHUB KC seeks to expand on OHUB’s inclusive innovation, entrepreneurship and investment ecosystem building programs in the Kansas City Metropolitan region to create pathways to shared prosperity and multi-generational wealth creation with no reliance on pre-existing multi-generational wealth. The following methodologies will be utilized.


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3rd Fridays Entrepreneurship Series powered by Lead Bank

Attend monthly entrepreneurship event with KC and the nation’s leading Black technologists, founders and investors while networking to build an ecosystem for all. 3rd Fridays is powered by Lead Bank, a bank that believes deeply in the principle that everyone must have access to fair banking. Lead Bank supports OHUB because this work furthers the expression of the Bank’s values: compassion, openness, imagination and nimbleness.

Entrepreneurship Support Programming

Take your startup from idea to product, product to market and market to success with our 1 day masterclass and 6 month bootcamp.

Startup Accelerator

Evolve your startup into a rocketship by connecting with expert mentors, market makers and investors.

Full Stack Software Engineering Certificate

Launch your tech career in 12 weeks with expert-lead training in full stack software engineering. Become a professional software developer ready to stand up and make a difference in tech & society.



Join our growing inclusive tech, startup & venture ecosystem in Kansas City.


Ideation and design thinking masterclass:
100 idea to market stage startup will receive scholarships to our ideation and design thinking masterclass


50 startups will receive scholarships to our startup bootcamp.


20 startups will receive scholarships to our pre-accelerator.


5 startups will be admitted into our accelerator and receive a $50,000 investment.

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Going from an idea to getting funding

Through this program we will teach you how to develop your idea and skills from our masterclasses and bootcamp to helping you reach an end goal of receiving funding to further develop and market your idea.

Some of our honorable guests

Rodney Sampson

Rodney Sampson is heralded as the leading inclusive innovation, entrepreneurship and investment ecosystem builder in the world, particularly given his mission to ensure that everyone, everywhere, particularly socially disadvantaged communities, have equitable access to the new multi-generational wealth creation opportunities afforded in the future of work and fourth industrial revolution as definitive paths to reducing poverty and the racial wealth gap everywhere.

Heather Hiles

Heather is a technologist, serial entrepreneur and expert in workforce development. She brings a 30-year track record of creating and leading nonprofit and for-profit organizations, developing innovative solutions and forging partnerships. She founded or co-founded SFWorks, EARN, The Hiles Group, Pathbrite, Calbright College, Imminent Equity, and OHUB Futures.