Kansas City

ESHIP Kansas City engages entrepreneurs and community leaders to grow trust, connectivity, and equity for entrepreneurs in the neighborhoods most disconnected from the traditional entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Our work is initially focused in the Troost/Prospect Avenues area in Kansas City, Missouri and the Central/Minnesota Avenues area in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Gabe-Munoz HeadshotGabe Muñoz

ESHIP Kansas City Local Director

Gabe has been actively involved in the Kansas City entrepreneurial ecosystem for over 13 years. Gabe works to create a unified community vision to best serve entrepreneurs, while creating a welcoming and inclusive culture that places the needs of entrepreneurs front and center.

Prior to coming to Forward Cities, he served as the Director of Sales and Small Business Advising for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. In his role, he was responsible for cultivating and maintaining relationships with startups, government/non-profit agencies, community leaders, and corporate America. During his 12 years at the HCC, he assisted over 1,000 micro-enterprises in getting licensed, certified as M/WBEs, and connected in the community.

Gabe is the second oldest of nine children and an avid fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, and KU basketball. In his free time, you can find him playing soccer and spending time with his wife Julia and their four children, Devin, Diego, Daisy, and Desiree.

Community Attitudes and Perceptions of Entrepreneurship in Kansas city

To assess experiences and perceptions around entrepreneurship in Kansas City, KC and MO, the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise at UNC Chapel Hill administered an online survey in spring 2019. This survey analysis focused on respondants from the identified Prospect/Troost (KCMO) and Central/Mission (KCK) areas.

The #KCEcosystemBuilder campaign highlights the innovators and changemakers in Greater Kansas City.

"I hope to create a template for how we alleviate many of the problems we face as a nation. Many of these problems are not universal. They are a result of decisions we have made at local, regional, and national levels.

If I can de-risk the solutions and show that these problems can in fact be solved in a way that makes all community stakeholders happy, that would be what success looks like for me."

– Eze Redwood, KC Ecosystem Builder

Read Eze's full interview

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This Kauffman Foundation initiative is led by a collaborative council of individuals who represent different stakeholders from across the community. Forward Cities is managing the implementation of this effort as a grantee of the Kauffman Foundation.

For more information contact:

Gabe Muñoz

ESHIP Kansas City Local Director

Eric Renz-Whitmore

Director of ESHIP Communities