Group of people sitting
Global Entrepreneurship Week KC has a broad and diverse list of workshops and presenters, with something that will help everyone gain new skills.

Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kansas City (GEWKC) offers more than 100 free educational events for entrepreneurs of all stripes Nov. 13 through 19. 

The GEWKC conference is designed to help startups, small businesses or even large businesses that want help scaling and marketing their companies. 

Throughout the week, industry-leading experts will delve into cutting-edge strategies, share real-world success stories, and offer insights to help participants along their entrepreneurial journey. 

Micheal Carmona of KCSourceLink, who organizes the event, says GEWKC helps connect local entrepreneurs with support.

“GEWKC is the best way for the KC Metro’s doers, dreamers and makers to gain new skills, make key connections and move their business or business idea forward,” says Carmona. “There’s something for everyone, no matter if you’re starting a side hustle or looking to scale your operations.”

While the sessions are open to all, registration is required, and participants must sign up or log in to the online scheduling platform at to build their agenda. Spots are limited and are available on a first-come basis.  

The sessions encompass a diverse range of topics, catering to individuals at different stages of their entrepreneurial endeavors.

Ladies taking a selfie
Global Entrepreneurship Week KC offers participants an opportunity to learn new skills, find inspiration and build their network.

Sponsored Key Events:

In addition to the smaller educational sessions, several larger sponsored events will help round out GEWKC:  

  • Raising Capital for Your Tech StartUp Lunch: Nov. 16, Noon

Entrepreneurs can enjoy a sponsored lunch while engaging with a panel of founders who have successfully raised capital for their ventures.

  • Altcap Pitch Competition: Nov. 16, 3 p.m.

Like a local version of “Shark Tank,” in the 2023 AltCap Your Biz Pitch Competition, business owners will showcase their innovative concepts for a chance to win cash prizes up to $25,000.

  • Breakfast + Panel: From Isolation to Integration: Nov. 17, 8 a.m.

This session explores how Kansas City’s robust entrepreneurial ecosystem thrives due to its strong community focus and support resources for entrepreneurs.  

  • Capital Connections Happy Hour: Nov. 17, 4 p.m. 

A networking opportunity designed to connect diverse business owners with local lenders in the area.

  • How to Launch Your Food Business: Nov. 17, 1:45 p.m.

An informative session guiding individuals through the steps of launching a startup food truck or restaurant business.

  • G.I.F.T. Breakfast + Marketing Mastermind Panel: Nov. 16, 8 a.m.

Hosted by G.I.F.T. KC, this session features insights from diverse marketing experts, concluding with a Q&A session.

The main sessions for GEWKC 2023 will take place at the conference’s home base at Plexpod Westport, 300 E. 39th St., KCMO. The centralized location allows for back-to-back content from morning to evening from Nov.15-17, with more events taking place off-site throughout the extended week, Nov. 13 -19.  

For a complete list of GEWKC free educational sessions and events, visit  While you’re there, pre-register for events and build your agenda for the week.  

Prior to joining The Community Voice, he worked as a reporter & calendar editor with The Pitch, writing instructor with The Kansas City Public Library, and as a contributing food writer for Kansas...