Travel Info

Getting Here

The closest major airport to the 2018 ESHIP Summit is Kansas City International Airport (MCI). Please plan to arrive 3:00 p.m. July 11 and depart after 5:00 p.m. July 13.

It is approximately 20 miles from MCI to Downtown Kansas City where the 2018 ESHIP Summit will be taking place. There are several transportation options from MCI to Downtown Kansas City including ride-sharing services.

Reserve Your Room

We apologize for any inconvenience, but our ESHIP room block at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott is now full. There are many options for accommodations in Downtown Kansas City. Here are some options for booking:

Read more about Kansas City.

Why Kansas City?

Historically known for jazz and BBQ, Kansas City — like many of the communities represented at the ESHIP Summit — is reimagining what it can be. Major growth in the entrepreneurial ecosystem has been catalyzed by the Big 5 Initiative, coupled with the work of countless organizations and a mayor who boldly aims to make the community “America’s Most Entrepreneurial City.”

Signs of progress are everywhere. Kansas City draws on a heritage of homegrown companies like Sprint, Garmin, Hallmark and Cerner and boasts a number of entrepreneur support organizations and programs like 1 Million Cups, the Angel Capital Association, Kauffman FastTrac, Pipeline, U.S. SourceLink and the Kauffman Foundation. Growth in new companies is being fueled by more than $1 billion invested in downtown over the last five years, 200+ entrepreneur support organizations and one of the nation’s lowest costs of living.

Kansas City was chosen as the first city to pilot Google Fiber in 2011. Techstars set up shop in 2014. Brad Feld, Steve Case and SoftBank have made local investments. One can see signals of the future in the city’s brand new streetcar system, an ambitious Smart Cities initiative and ambitious efforts to reimagine the future of education across the city.

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