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

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UMKC Innovation Center
UMKC Innovation Center
By Sarah Mote
March 04, 2014

Coaches Corner: Moving Ideas and Technology from the Whiteboard to the Boardroom

The Whiteboard to Boardroom (W2B) program began as a bi-state partnership of several regional colleges and universities. The focus: to increase the entrepreneurial activity in the Kansas City region by identifying game changing technologies and processes and getting them into the hands of business owners and talented entrepreneurs, resulting in new projects and businesses that stay local and grow.

W2B was also designed to integrate university, hospital and industry research into the existing entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The W2B program has already had success in facilitating new startup companies and co-development projects. Eye-Verify (not in our bracket this year), a biometric modality that identifies individuals using the rich and unique vascular patterns seen on the white of the eye, was the first startup company formation facilitated by W2B.

Innovations available for licensing, startup company formation or co-development can be found at CEO Bullpen.

Find the Right Coach for Your Innovation-Led Firm

Maybe you’ll find and lead an innovation from CEO Bullpen. Maybe you’ll find your opportunity in a business accelerator like SparkLabKC, Think Big Partners or BetaBlox. Maybe you’re looking for a wet lab incubator, a SBIR program or an angel investor.

Our updated Resource Navigator helps you find, filter and map the right matches for your innovation based on your need, your business stage and/or your location.

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