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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Coaches Corner: Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program

The Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (HEMP) matches growing entrepreneurs one-on-one with business veterans to help them grow their business.  HEMP focus on businesses around $1 million in revenues and higher, 3 years or more in business and with 5 or more full-time employees.  Applications to participate in the program as a mentee or mentor are due in August of each year.

Founded in 1995 by Barnett Helzberg, Jr., former owner and president of Helzberg Diamonds, the mentoring program was inspired by Helzberg’s 23-year mentoring relationship with Ewing Kauffman. HEMP matches seasoned, successful entrepreneur mentors with less-experienced entrepreneur mentees. Considerable mentoring is also fostered through peer-to-peer relationships derived from involvement through HEMP.

Components of the program include a one-on-one mentoring relationship, networking opportunities with peers and veteran business owners, exposure to mentoring skills that can be applied to any professional or personal situation, business educations discussing greatest successes and lessons learned from peers and top CEOs in the community, and field trips to locations of entrepreneurial interest within the Kansas City area.

Find the Right Coach for Your Established and Growing Company

HEMP is just one of many resources for second stage companies. Maybe you need help taking your business out of state or overseas. Maybe you need help finding a new business location. Or maybe you’re ready to go after some government contract opportunities.

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

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