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.
UMKC Innovation Center
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KCSourceLink Staff

David Cawthon of KCSourceLink

David Cawthon, Sr. Communications Coordinator

David Cawthon captures the pulse of communities with compelling and dynamic storytelling. A recovering journalist, he taps his years of reporting, writing and editing to share the stories of Kansas City’s entrepreneurial community and the more than 250 resources that help grow small businesses in the metro (no matter if it’s in a 2,000-word feature or a 280-character tweet).

Have a great story you’d like to tell? David wants to hear about it.

Narrative nerd, word wrangler, entrepreneurial empath
Jenny Miller | KCSourceLink Network Builder

Jenny Miller, Network Builder

As the face of KCSourceLink, Jenny is the secret to KC’s successful entrepreneurial network. She uses her skills in collaboration, organization and connecting people to champion resource providers and build networks. Under her guidance, the network has grown to more than 230 partners.

On any given day, you’ll find Jenny in the middle of organizing an event such as Global Entrepreneurship Week, discovering new resources for entrepreneurs and researching new ways to make Kansas City America’s most entrepreneurial city.

Woman-about-town; the go-to resource for entrepreneurship in Kansas City

Sarah Mote of KCSourceLink

Sarah Mote, Marketing Director

Sarah Mote is first, last and always a storyteller.

Master of messages and social media whiz, Sarah brings her considerable talent to bear on telling the SourceLink story and that of our affiliate communities. She drives strategic outcomes through creative communications, always on point and engaging. No wonder SourceLink web traffic has soared under her watch.

Master of messages, chief wordherder, great at driving impact and results

Leslie Walton of KCSourceLink

Leslie Walton, Network Supporter

Leslie Walton works directly with Jenny Miller and the KCSourceLink team to help coordinate Kansas City’s signature entrepreneurial events, connect entrepreneurs to relevant resources, increase visibility of Resource Partners and build the KCSourceLink resource network. 

An entrepreneur in her own right, Leslie understands how important it is to a small business's survival and success to be backed by the right team and resources.

Team juggler, pinch runner, and all-around supporter of KC entrepreneurs

Joey Medellin of KCSourceLink

Joey Medellin, Network Coordinator

As one of the longest-tenured associates of KCSourceLink, Joey Medellin has helped the organization grow from its modest roots into the central hub for entrepreneurship that it is today. Joey juggles multiple balls and never lets one drop. She manages all the administrative details for the organization, from financials to human resources to grant reporting to everything in between, creating a seamless work environment.

Ensures every detail is accounted for; numbers whisperer

Kate Pope Hodel of KCSourceLink

Kate Pope Hodel, Special Projects

Kate Hodel has worked in entrepreneurship for nearly 25 years. A facilitator and project manager, Kate is the pinch hitter for the SourceLink team, working with clients, managing special projects and developing new products.

Kate brings order out of chaos, developing processes to simplify processes and drive completion. If there is a gap, Kate will find it and figure out how to fill it.

Project ninja; works with many projects and clients with detail and ease

Maria Meyers of KCSourceLink

Maria Meyers, Executive Director

Maria Meyers is an entrepreneur in her own right, building SourceLink and KCSourceLink from the ground up. Maria shares her expertise with other communities through speaking engagements, journal articles and blog posts.

Maria has a unique ability to encourage and enable collaboration, leading from behind and ensuring that everyone around her has tools for success. Throughout her career she has pulled off the seemingly impossible, such as turning an abandoned train station into a metro hub, commercializing technology out of a university and into the nonprofit sector and rallying a community around gaps in capital for entrepreneurs.

Thought leader in building entrepreneurial communities; inspirational and wicked smart.

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