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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1WeekKC Is Back!


1WeekKC Contact InformationMark your calendars.

From June 9-15, 2013, 1WeekKC will once again celebrate the innovators, thinkers and purveyors of inspiration as we fill the week with Kansas City entrepreneurial celebrations.

The week-long celebration hosts a bevy of events and educational opportunities, all intended to unite entrepreneurs, fortify KC’s entrepreneurial community and help make Kansas City "America's most entrepreneurial city."

Scope out the full-slate of events on our website or keep scrolling to get 1 Week KC, in 1 Place, at 1 Glance.

Startup Games

Monday, June 9
6-8 p.m.
Google Fiber Lounge, 1814 Westport Road, Kansas City

Take the work out of networking with the Startup Games powered by Google Fiber. Ditch the tie and leave the business cards at home for some real fun, real connections and real team building between entrepreneurs and startups. Divide into teams as you challenge, compete and connect to win awesome prizes and major bragging rights.

> Register

E-Day at the K Tailgate

Tuesday, June 10
4 p.m.
Parking lot N 

Come have a blast at the 1WeekKC kickoff tailgate on June 10 prior to Entrepreneur Day at the K!

Hundreds of entrepreneurs and supporters will enjoy food, drink and fun as KC comes together to celebrate entrepreneurship and continue building upon the tremendous progress we've already achieved.

Sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation and Sprint.

> Register for the tailgate
> Buy your tickets

1 Million Cups - Kansas City

Every Wednesday, from 9 to 10 a.m.
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Rd
Kansas City, MO 64110

1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world.

Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs.

> Apply to present here.

Digital Sandbox KC Innovation Showcase

Wednesday, June 11
4;30-7 p.m.
Hallmark Cards Corporate Headquarters, Rice Center Multipurpose Room
2501 McGee Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64108

Check out the latest apps, test drive Kansas City’s newest products at the KC Innovation Showcase, sponsored by Digital Sandbox KC and Hallmark Cards. Networking and new products take center stage.

Sponsored by Hallmark Cards

The event is free but reservations are required. Limited to the first 200.

> Register

Sprint Techstars Demo Day

Thursday, June 12
4:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
1601 Broadway Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64108

You are invited to attend the demo day for the inaugural class of the Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars. This highly-anticipated event will showcase ten innovative companies from the only accelerator focused exclusively on mobile health. 

Join us in the world-class Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City for presentations from the mobile health companies and for an opportunity to meet each of the teams. Demo Day is the culmination of the three-month Techstars accelerator program - the ten teams have been growing their businesses with the help of our mentors and larger network of industry experts.

Please join us in celebrating the inaugural class of the Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars - fueling the mobile health revolution! 

> Register

Silicon Prairie News Pub Quiz

Thursday, June 12
7-10 p.m.
2000 Grand Blvd, Kansas City 

The night when previously useless knowledge becomes valuable. Assemble a team of random fact geniuses for rounds of trivia that are sure to test the wisdom of nothing in particular. Hosted by Silicon Prairie News, categories will include current events, pop culture, music, startups (of course) and more. Prizes (beer, mostly) will be awarded throughout the night. No more than 5 members per team. Don’t worry, you can assemble your team when you arrive.

> Register

Startup Waffles

Friday, June 13
7:30-9:30 a.m.
Think Big Partners, 1800 Baltimore, Kansas City 

Startup Waffles is back! To feed all the hungry entrepreneurs in Kansas City, we're bringing in Chris Cakes to join us for our 1WeekKC Startup Waffles Event! Join us for all-you-can-eat yummy waffles (made by Think Big chefs) along with pancakes, sausage and eggs provided by Chris Cakes served with bottomless Roasterie Coffee. Microsoft Ventures will also be doing a screening of their Think Big mini-documentary at 8:30 a.m. Make sure to stop by, meet Kansas City's finest entrepreneurs and innovators and start your Friday off right with waffles and pancakes!

Sponsored by Microsoft Ventures and Think Big Partners

> Register


Friday, June 13 at 5 p.m. - Sunday, June 15 at 5 p.m.
KC West Bottoms District
1310 W 12th St
Kansas City, MO 64101

It's our own country within a country – that just happens to be in Kansas City. You won’t need a passport, but prepare to be transported.

Boulevardia is a brand new beer, food and music festival. A very happy happening. A whole lotta hubbub. A delightful departure from the everyday. And it’s all going down in KC’s West Bottoms district from June 13-15.

Find out more at

Startup Party

Friday, June 13
9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Mosaic Nightclub Patio, 1331 Walnut St., Kansas City

Come celebrate entrepreneurship in Kansas City! Have a few drinks and party with the KC entrepreneurs and big thinkers. Come enjoy a private party on the patio of Mosaic nightclub in the Power & Light District, hosted by Adam Coomes. We'll have an open bar until our tab runs out! Expect an exciting evening of great conversation, music and an awesome atmosphere! You must be 21 or older to attend.

> Register

Startup Weekend
Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 15
Center for Advanced Professional Studies
7501 W 149th Terrace

This Kansas City Startup Weekend aims to increase participation among women in entrepreneurship in an effort to build more diverse, thriving communities.  Why?  Promoting gender diversity in tech and entrepreneurship is essential.  Studies have shown that diverse teams create better products and run more successful companies.  The Kansas City Startup Weekend – Women’s Edition is an inclusive event and is by no means female only – ALL are welcome!

> Register


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