Brad Feld opens KC home to entrepreneurs

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feldBoulder entrepreneur Brad Feld is inviting entrepreneurs with innovative startups who need the speed and power of Google Fiber to apply to live rent-free in his Kansas City house.

The Feld KC Fiberhouse competition will run now  through Friday, March 22.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

Up to five winners will be selected from among the applications received.

The panel of judges — Feld, Scott Case of Startup America Partnership,  David Cohen of TechStars and Lesa Mitchell of the Kauffman Foundation — will judge the applicants based upon the innovative potential of their startups and their companies’ ability to leverage Google Fiber.

“I’m putting the thesis of my book into action by directly supporting a startup community that sees endless opportunities ahead,” Feld said. “The winners will have access to Google Fiber and a neighborhood and city brimming with startup activity. They can take advantage of the many entrepreneurial programs and events offered by the Kauffman Foundation. And, lastly, I commit to take a personal interest in the entrepreneurs selected to live in my KC Fiberhouse and will do what I can to provide feedback and advice.”

The house is part of the Kansas City Startup Village, an entrepreneur-led, organic, grassroots initiative helping to bolster the Kansas City entrepreneur and startup scene by creating a concentrated and collaborative community of startups.

The “Silicon Prairie News” reports that Feld’s house is the first with Google Fiber, which promises Internet connections 100 times faster than today’s broadband.

Feld, author of “Startup Communities” spoke to Colorado Springs entrepreneurs in December via Skype and shared examples of how his hometown, Boulder, grew into a leading startup community during the past 20 years. Feld sees four key components: entrepreneurial activity must be led by entrepreneurs; the group must take a long-term view, like 20 years; the group has to be inclusive of everyone; and the group must engage everyone in entrepreneurial events.

Entrepreneurs interested in Feld’s “Fiberhouse” project need to apply at by March 22.