STARTLAND is a team of community builders activating a thriving and inclusive culture of innovation in Kansas City. STARTLAND does this through programs including Startland News, MECA Challenge, MECA Methods, Back2KC, Innovation Exchange, and Startup Crawl KC. Their vision is to build Kansas City into the most entrepreneurial community in America (MECA). This past May, they held a COVID-19 Student Pitch Competition, pitching real-world solutions to COVID-19 challenges in front of a panel of Kansas City celebrity judges including SNL's Heidi Gardner, and Wendy Guillies, President of the Marion Kauffman Foundation, among others. Adam Arredondo the CEO. His passion for community building was cultivated through his volunteer efforts as a co-leader of the Kansas City Startup Village. He has immersed himself in the Kansas City entrepreneurial community since 2011.