wichitastartups is a partner for the entrepreneurial community to help founders at any stage gain access to resources, connections, programs, and events available in the local startup ecosystem.
Wichita Entrepreneurship Coalition (ICT-EC)The Wichita Entrepreneurship Coalition (ICT-EC) is a collaboration between Wichita State University and NXTUS. The mission of the ICT-EC is to support entrepreneurship and accelerate regional innovation-led economic competitiveness and job creation.
This partnership includes the WSU offices of Innovation & New Ventures, Tech Transfer & Commercialization, and Strategic Initiatives.
EDA Build to Scale Venture Challenge
ICT-EC is a grant recipient of the nationally competitive Build to Scale (B2S) Venture Challenge, a program of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). The Challenge seeks to support entrepreneurship and accelerate company growth in communities, regions, or a combination of regions through tech-enabled economic development initiatives.
In an effort to accommodate an increased demand for startup support and stimulate economic growth in Wichita, ICT-EC will use these funds to develop accessible programs that can take an idea from concept to market. The purpose/vision of the award/project is to accelerate not only our community’s technology commercialization activities, but also the specialized job growth in new industries that we desperately need.