The battle is won, but the war is not over.
St. Louis and Kansas City are both hosting Startup Weekend EDU events later this month, where entrepreneurs turn their ideas into startups over 54 action-packed hours and compete to get funding. (Remember Invisible Girlfriend and Invisible Boyfriend? That was a Startup Weekend-winning idea.)
St. Louis' Startup Weekend EDU starts Friday, January 16, at the Cortex Innovation Community. And since Kansas City's is the weekend after, organizers thought they'd make the whole thing a little more interesting by introducing a wager: the city with the most attendees wins a sample of the loser city's best food, tickets to a professional indoor soccer match and, of course, bragging rights.
On Wednesday, Missouri's sister cities unleashed their sibling rivalry in a good ol' fashioned Twitter war. And while Daily RFT can admit we're biased in favor of the Lou, it's obvious to anyone and everyone that St. Louis totally won.
Here's how the I-70 series went down:
Kansas City kicked things off with an impressive ode to the upcoming competition, written in the style of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas:
Kansas City scrolled through Twitter all snug in their beds, while visions of StL toasted ravioli swirled in their heads; Whilst St. Louis dreamed of KC BBQ, a rib or a rack, tweeting furiously in an attempt to pick up the slack.
Touche, KC. Touche.Kansas City tweeps were quick to mention how much they want to eat St. Louis' toasted ravioli. (Like everyone else in the world, right?) As the Twitter war began, St. Louis pounced.
The 100 Greatest St. Louis Songs Kansas City did get a pretty sweet shout-out from its mayor:
@SWEDUKC Hmmm.... You guys seem pretty excited about getting toasted ravs. Looks like someone is a little jealous...— Startup Weekend STL (@SWEDUStL) January 14, 2015
See also: Popular Mechanics Names St. Louis the No. 1 Startup City in America And speaking of St. Louis' standing as the No. 1 startup city, the Twitter war ended on a unifying note: What if St. Louis and Kansas City stopped competing and started working together? Startup Weekend EDU, starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, January 16, at 4240 Duncan Ave.
Yes. The 14 Best Startup Cities in America. http://t.co/9xivIRk3CF— MayorSlay.com (@MayorSlay) January 14, 2015