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UMKC to kick off so-called 'Digital Sandbox'

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri-Kansas City's Innovation Center is starting a new program to help entrepreneurs build sustainable high-tech startups and create jobs.

Gov. Jay Nixon and top executives from Sprint, Hallmark, Cerner Corp. and other businesses will be at the university on Friday to inaugurate the Digital Sandbox KC. The project is funded partly with a $1 million federal grant.

Grant recipients use the money to create and expand what are known as "proof of concept" centers, where technology can be developed further and markets can be studied. The centers also provide seed funding and expert support.

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