A new start-up studio unveils a unique program to help foster business growth in the Kansas City area.
While doors have been open since 2015, Project United Knowledge, also referred to as Project UK, is set to officially launch their unique program in October 2017. Project UK, while offering some of the same resources as other community organizations, separates itself from the pack in different ways.
Its unique startup studio and 21st-century career training program focuses on helping entrepreneurs launch and grow their business through the use of technology and other services, such as co-working spaces, mentorships, and career building training. While Project UK serves all entrepreneurs, its focus on women, minorities and those in underserved areas make it a desired community resource.
Project UK is a recent recipient of the Zero Barrier’s Grant and Scholarship, from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
“It was a stamp of approval,” said Quest Moffat, Project UK, Founder. “I was not expecting to receive the grant. We really had to prove our track record since we were going against very successful accelerators and we are a new nonprofit.”
Project UK’s partnership with Kauffman helped solidify their partnership with the nationally acclaimed CO.STARTERS® program. Partnered with CO.STARTERS,® Project UK will provide a one-year comprehensive entrepreneurship program, that focus on early stage or existing ideas with classes in accounting; business intelligence; marketing and branding; product development technology; education; and leadership.
Starting October 1st, Project UK will host a 3-month cohort program focusing on idea validation and an essential business model. In an attempt to be a lasting force in the community, Project UK will also sponsor an accelerator program that focuses on building lasting mentorships and workshops dedicated to personal development through career training.
“One of the really important things to me,” emphasized Moffat, “was this concept of minimal risk. I wanted to be sure that no matter what, our founders and program participants gained more at the end of working with us than they lost. So even if their startup doesn’t turn out how they expected, they still have valuable knowledge and skills to execute on another idea or become better employed in the industry of their choice.”
“Project UK is always searching for mentors and businesses but we are also looking to be a resource for any person or organization that may want help, especially in the use of technology,” said Moffat.