UMKC Innovation Center partners with the university and the community to spark and sustain entrepreneurial efforts within our region and across the country.

KCSourceLink connects KC entrepreneurs to the right resource at the right time.

MOSourceLink connects Missouri entrepreneurs to the right resource at the right time.

Whiteboard2Boardroom connects entrepreneurs and businesses to technologies available for licensing.

Digital Sandbox KC provides early-stage proof-of-concept support for digital products.

Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center provides technical assistance to startup and existing businesses.

ScaleUP! Kansas City helps businesses with revenues around $200K scale toward their first $1 million.

Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers helps local businesses obtain government contracts.

KCInvestED helps investors learn more about investing in KC startups.

SourceLink® helps communities nationwide build vibrant and vital entrepreneurial ecosystems.
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KCSourceLink 2017 Year in Review

KCSourceLink Year in Review 2017

Each year, KCSourceLink reports out key information about what's happening with startups and small business in the metro area. The numbers reported are pulled from hotline calls, emails, online Resource Navigator ® searches and web visits.

Top 5 Requests for Assistance

Here's the kind of help KC entrepreneurs asked for most in 2016. 

  • Startup assistance
  • Marketing/sales
  • Equity
  • Loans
  • Mentoring

Top Client Outcomes

After talking with our counselors, here's what our clients decided to do.

  • Went into business
  • Move forward to start a business
  • Improved business operations
  • Expanded business operations

Top 5 Website Pages

In 2017, we had more than 230,000 web sessions. These top five pages brought in more than 145,000 unique pageviews.

Top 5 Blog Posts

We wrote hundreds of blog posts last year about tips and trends to help Kansas City's small business entrepreneurs. Here are the top 5 blog posts that resonated most with our readers.

Top 5 Entrepreneurs in Action

In our Entrepreneurs in Action, a spinoff of our WeCreateKC report, we share the diverse and inspirational stories of KC entrepreneurship. Here are the top 5 entrepreneurial stories.

See the entire list: Your 10 Favorite Entrepreneurs in Action in 2017:
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Check out the Kansas City Watch List 2018: Startups and Scaling Businesses:

Kansas City Watch List 2018 Startups and Scaling Businesses
Dive deeper into how KCSourceLink helped KC entrepreneurship grow in 2017:
How KCSourceLink Helped KC Entrepreneurship Grow in 2017

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