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July 25, 2022 | Tom Ballard

Kansas City has goal of being nation’s most inclusive hub for biologics

If a team in Kansas City has its way, the region will become the nation’s most inclusive hub for the development, production and distribution of biologics. It’s all because Kansas City submitted a compelling proposal and was accepted into Cohort 9 of the “MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP)” in May.

MIT REAP focuses on supporting teams that are accelerating innovation-driven entrepreneurship, as well as provides opportunities to collaborate with teams within their cohort. Since its establishment in 2012, MIT REAP has helped more than 70 regions worldwide strategize and execute initiatives that contribute to their economic growth, job creation and social progress.

For the first time in the program’s history, Cohort 9 features four teams that represent one region. As part of the Heartland Civic Collaborative, Kansas City is working with Des Moines, Omaha, and St. Louis to become a global life science destination. Teams are formed out of community leaders across five core areas: government, university, corporate, risk capital and entrepreneurs.

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