WeWork’s first Global Impact Report studied its impact on Kansas City’s startup community two years after it launched in the market. The report found that WeWork companies supported about 1,000 jobs in the area.
In addition to this, 63% of Kansas City Wework members said the company helped their company accelerate its growth.
Donald Hawkins, founder of KC Collective, said that WeWork was the foundation for his company’s accomplishments.
“My KC entrepreneurial journey started with meeting David Heyburn who introduced me to Erik Wullschleger who introduced me to Spencer Carlson who introduced me to Jill Meyer who introduced me to Roy Scott who introduced me to Lesa Mitchell who introduced me to Bo Fishback and the list goes on and on.”
Erik Wullschleger, community director at WeWork Kansas City, said that people are pulled to WeWork due to its supportive and driven environment, not to mention amenities such as an on-site coffee shop and fruit-infused water to make the space feel a bit more upgraded than a traditional office.