Startland News – Entrepreneurship Story

Startland News recently did an article on Project Paintball titled, Teen coursework: Students take a shot at business with backyard paintball venture. “Founded in May 2015, Startland News is a non-profit newsroom reporting on Kansas City’s innovation community of entrepreneurs, startups, creatives, makers and risk-takers through solutions-based journalism and news engagement events.”

It was a pleasure meeting with Matthew Gwin. We were able to show him around and even give him a few test shots on the field. We hope he brings the rest of the Startland News crew out for some paintball fun! 

Check it out! – Matt is a great writer and captures so much of who we are. Thanks, Matt!!

Teen coursework: Students take a shot at business with backyard paintball venture (

High school students in south Kansas City are mixing recreation with education by applying entrepreneurial concepts from the classroom to start their own paintball venture.

Located on the campus of The Daniel Academy, Project:Paintball began as an idea in an entrepreneurship and marketing class during the 2021-22 school year.

“We’re the Planet Fitness of paintball,” said Jonathan Lee, who taught the class where students developed the business idea. “I don’t think we’re going to be the professional sport venue for paintball; it’s more recreational.”

By summer 2022, the idea had become reality, as a team of students, teachers, and parents cleared a wooded area behind the school and transformed it into a paintball field.

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