Skip Navigation


Statewide Virtual Job Fair to Showcase New Opportunities for Jobseekers Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland is encouraging jobseekers and employers searching for new talent to participate in the June Virtual Statewide Job Fair. Hosted by KANSASWORKS, the job fair will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. Commerce Announces $390,000 in Emergency HEAL Grant Funding Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced more than $390,000 in Emergency Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (E-HEAL) grants has been awarded to five recipients. More than $770,000 private local matching funds will be added to that total, to help bring rural downtown buildings back from likely demolition or collapse – and rehabilitate them back into productive use. Kansas Main Street Selects Eight Rural Communities for New Housing Grant Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced eight inaugural grant recipients of the Residential Opportunities on Main Street (ROOMS) program. A total of eight projects in Designated Kansas Main Street communities are receiving $50,000 each to create a total of 35 new residential units in the upper floors of downtown buildings. Kansas Nonprofits Receive More than $4M in Community Service Program Tax Credits Governor Laura Kelly announced today that $4.1 million in Community Service Program (CSP) Tax Credits have been awarded to support the fundraising efforts of 26 nonprofit organizations across Kansas. These funds will enhance local access to quality childcare, healthcare, education, arts, and housing services. View All


Business Regions Made in Kansas Our Department Publications Initiatives & Incentives Transparency Database About Us Notices Contact

KITE Proof of Concept

An innovation and commercialization incentive

The KITE Proof of Concept (POC) is designed to fill a need for support where typical funding mechanisms are not available, acting as a bridge between federal funding for basic research and commercial seed funding by angel or venture investors. POC funding will not be awarded when other sources of funding are timely available.  The POC program will aim to assist:

Applications for POC funding are accepted throughout the year. The POC review committee meets on a quarterly basis to review proposals and make recommendations for funding. Awards will be made for eligible applications until funds are expended. Applicants are required to submit applications through an approved partner at least two weeks prior to quarterly committee reviews.

Proof of Concept Program targets a funding gap that impedes the progression of technology from research to the marketplace.

The purpose is to enable promising technology to advance to a stage where it is capable of attracting licensees, seed investment, or generating revenues. This unique funding opportunity is offered through a convertible note agreement.

Applications are due December 31, 2024

Establishing promising new technology-based entrepreneurial ventures within the State & the commercialization of inventions resulting from research conducted at Kansas public universities.

-Proof of Concept Mission

FY 2022 For-Profit Awardees

ApplicantCompanyAwardM/W OwnedLocation
William CareyArc Technology$25,000NoWhitewater
Mike DresherJogAlong Stroller$25,000NoWichita
Nicholas LoveLove Lifesciences$25,000NoOverland Park
Eliot ArnoldMoodSparl/Telememory$25,000NoKansas City
Chris DavisThe MEDAviewer$25,000NoOverland Park
Tom HollandSmartGunz$25,000NoBaldwin City
Thomas H. Faerber MD, DDSPACD System, LLC$25,000NoOverland Park
Michele ValadezAnonymous Tech LLC$25,000YesWichita
William L Walls IIINORDEF$25,000NoShawnee
Merrie K. EastNozePax$25,000YesWichita
Jacob O’Conner, Jon PetersonPlayer Card, Inc.$21,000NoWichita
Mathew Young, Tare TorresNutic, LLC$25,000NoKansas City
Rye KennedyTacit Technologies$25,000NoWichita
David Thorne, Dr. Paul Peloquin, Bryant Hernandez, Elliot HarrisThumbscore$25,000NoWichita

FY 2022 Faculty Led Awardees

Richard SackFiber Guidance$23,000Wichita State University
Joel WhiteSplint$12,000Wichita State University
Eylem AsmatuluBioscaffold $25,000Wichita State University

Rachèll Rowand, Program Manager


[email protected]