Travel Info

Getting Here

The closest major airport to the 2019 ESHIP Summit is Kansas City International Airport (MCI).  Please plan to arrive on Tuesday, May 21 by 3:00 PM and depart on Thursday, May 23 after 3:00 PM.

It is approximately 20 miles from MCI to the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. There are several transportation options from MCI to the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, including rideshare (Lyft/Uber).

Once you arrive all planned activities will be within walking distance or accessible via public transportation.

Reserve Your Room

Accommodations at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center and InterContinental Kansas City At The Plaza are sold out. For other accommodations recommendations, please email us.

A complimentary shuttle will be available to and from the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center at the beginning and end of each day for guests staying at the InterContinental.

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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