For Immediate Release
Wichita, Kansas, March 13, 2018 --- NetWork Kansas, which connects startups and existing businesses with a statewide network of resources, celebrated its 12th anniversary this month by introducing the “KSeship” mobile application. The app, developed by Clutch Studio in Wichita, was designed to simplify access to three types of resources that entrepreneurs and businesses may need at some point in their business lifecycle.
“In our 12 years, we’ve discovered that entrepreneurs need three types of resources: expertise, education and economic,” says NetWork Kansas CEO Steve Radley. “To anchor Kansas businesses, we designed the app to coincide with access to these resources through connections, classes and capital.”
Through KSeship Connections, businesses can access information from Resource Navigator, a unique database developed by Sourcelink in Kansas City, to increase the connectivity between entrepreneurs and available resources. Through KSeship Classes, app users are provided a statewide calendar of in-person classes offered by NetWork Kansas partners. Through KSeship Capital, businesses can answer 10 to 12 questions to learn what NetWork Kansas matching loan programs might meet their particular business funding needs. NetWork Kansas staff members will review the information submitted via the app and contact each business with additional information about available resources.
Launched in March of 2006 with more than 200 resource partners statewide, NetWork Kansas now has more than 500 partners that provide business-building services to businesses across Kansas. Partners include economic development organizations, small business development centers, Kansas Department of Commerce field offices, regional certified development companies, technology innovation centers, organizations specializing in minority and women owned businesses and more.
NetWork Kansas’ impact is telling. Since its inception, the organization has taken more than 32,000 inbound leads and made more than 50,000 referrals through its network. Regarding funding, NetWork Kansas has provided more than $30 million in matching loans to businesses across the state.
“The primary purpose for the KSeship mobile app is to continue to provide easier ways for entrepreneurs and existing businesses to learn about and access the resources that are already available,” said Radley, “It’s as simple as that.”
NetWork Kansas is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kansas that connects aspiring entrepreneurs, emerging and established businesses to a deep network of business building resource organizations across the state. Founding partners include the Kansas Department of Commerce, the Kansas Small Business Development Centers, Fort Hays State University and Wichita State University. For more information on the Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship, contact Steve Radley at 316-425-7572.