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PROMOTING IDEAS: The JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneurs program was created to help great ideas become businesses.

Kansas-based startup businesses win grants

JumpStart Kansas program designed to help people turn their ideas into new businesses.

Kansas State University, in partnership with the Kansas Department of Commerce, has awarded six grants through the JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneurs program. The program was created by Kansas Commerce to assist in the development of new ideas or to grow Kansas-based, goods-producing businesses. The grants are administered through the state’s public universities.

Kansas State recently selected six startups to receive a financial boost. The Kansas Department of Commerce and Kansas State University's Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship and Advanced Manufacturing Institute recently distributed $90,000 in grant funding across the Kansas-based startups. The following startups were selected to receive grant money:
• Benchmark Exteriors and Insulation
• Integrated Animal Health LLC
• Radiation Detection Technologies Inc.
• AEGLE Palette LLC
• PreScreend
• FreeState Healthcare

"We could not be more excited with the interest that has sprung up from across the state for JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneurs," says Stan Ahlerich, Kansas Commerce executive director of workforce and innovation. "The energy from our university partners and the willingness to be innovative in finding potential companies has given this program life."

JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneurs was open to all Kansas-based individuals or companies. Seventy-four applications were submitted from across the state. They came from a wide range of industries, including agriculture, health care, manufacturing, retail products and technology.

"The ability of our university partners to energize businesses in Kansas, from emerging startups to established businesses, will give many companies the opportunities they need," Ahlerich says. "The Department of Commerce is proud to host this program with our partners to ensure we are giving Kansas businesses the best possible chances to succeed."

The award funding can be used toward expenses such as business planning, engineering support, prototyping, market assessments, creation of marketing/sales materials or other activities that would assist in adding value to the business.

Source: Kansas Department of Commerce

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