St. Joseph Innovation Stockyard announced the first company to receive funding through its recent partnership with Digital Sandbox KC.

“This partnership really maximizes the resources available to entrepreneurs in northwest Missouri,” said Ronan Molloy, president of Innovation Stockyard, “The St. Joseph Sandbox is a great opportunity for early-stage entrepreneurs in St. Joseph.”

Launched in February 2013, Digital Sandbox KC has worked with more than 500 entrepreneurs across the Kansas City metro. Over the summer, the Sandbox announced its partnership with the Innovation Stockyard, Missouri Western’s Craig School of Business, St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations to drive new business growth in St. Joseph and throughout northwest Missouri.

“We saw a great group of entrepreneurs in the St. Joseph area,” said Jeff Shackelford, Digital Sandbox KC director. “As expected, there are creative, innovative entrepreneurs across the state of Missouri. The partnership with Innovation Stockyard allows us to reach early-stage entrepreneurs in northwest Missouri and help move them forward to create new companies and areas jobs.”

The first company in St. Joseph to receive Digital Sandbox KC program support is Toss it Curbside, founded by Aaron Brennan and Pedro Fernandez. Toss It Curbside provides professional removal service for unwanted items. As the name indicates, customers can place their unwanted items on the curb and the Toss It Curbside team will coordinate the item’s removal and delivery to a local donation or recycle center, leaving very little for the landfill. With Digital Sandbox KC support, the company plans to optimize app- and web-based functions to help the company expand to new markets.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the support from St. Joseph and the funding from the Sandbox,” said Brennan. “We’re expanding rapidly. This funding will help get our business to the next step and fit the needs of our customers.”

The Sandbox program in St. Joseph, partially funded by the Missouri Technology Corporation, utilizes Digital Sandbox KC’s proof-of-concept program to target early-stage entrepreneurs in St. Joseph who have concepts that can rapidly grow a business into a significant employer. In addition to up to $15,000 in project development funds, the Innovation Stockyard, located inside the Kit Bond Incubator in St. Joseph, will offer recipients coworking space.

Visit www.digitalsandboxkc.com for more information and a list of current Sandbox programs.