Author - Jake Slobe

Wes Smith (left) and Roy Scott (right), cofounders of Healthy Hip Hop

Empowering Kids through Healthy Hip Hop: A Journey from Music to Tech Entrepreneurship

The journey of Kansas City startup Healthy Hip Hop began with a personal revelation for its founder, Roy Scott, who, after reflecting on the impact of mainstream hip-hop, envisioned a platform that could offer a healthier alternative for young listeners. Roy grew up in Kansas City immersed in hip-hop culture. Initially...

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Tyrean "Heru" Lewis and a coworker pose for a photo next to a cart of watermelons.

Heru Urban Farming Is Cultivating Something Big in St. Louis Neighborhoods

Tyrean “Heru” Lewis' journey into urban farming began with a simple yet profound realization – the scarcity of fresh, sustainable produce in his own community. Tyrean, a former physical education teacher, recalls his days as a vegan in 2017 when he struggled to find fresh produce. “Over 850,000 people in the St....

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Luke Phelps and the Vroom Solar team

How This Missouri Startup Is Bringing Solar Power to Rural America

Sometimes, the idea for a new business is right under your nose. That was certainly the case for Luke Phelps’s Vroom Solar, which came about when he saw a need for power in remote and mobile situations in rural Missouri. But let’s back up a bit to see when this idea...

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A view of Columbia, Missouri

Opportunity for Budding Missouri Tech Startups as Scale VC Closes Second Fund

Scale VC, a venture capital fund based in Columbia, Missouri, has announced the closing of a $5 million fund that will invest in and support early-stage tech founders. Through the new fund, Scale VC will invest $50,0000-$150,000 in 30-40 companies over the next three years. The new fund includes a $1 million...

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