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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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Entrepreneurship Scholars Program

E-Scholars Helps Launch Ventures. Is Yours Next?

Admit it, you’ve been thinking about and tinkering with that entrepreneurial idea for how long now? So what exactly is holding you back? Not sure if its worthy? Not enough time to really commit to developing it? Or maybe it’s just about giving the idea the room and commitment to grow?

E-Scholars Entrepreneurial Program will help you pull the cord and get it your idea out of pie in the sky and moving on the ground.

Entrepreneurship Scholars Program

A program from UMKC Bloch School and the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, E-Scholars has helped numerous entrepreneurs build scalable, sustainable businesses.

And they’re ready to do it for you on August 23. Applications open to anyone in the Kansas City community.

Information Session

June 26, 6-8 p.m.
Bloch Executive Hall
5108 Cherry Street


Applications Due

August 1


Next Class Begins

August 23


Here Is Bullet List

E-Scholars is . . .

  • ■ Intensive university-level training for serious entrepreneurs
  • ■ A proven path to build your venture - idea to launch to growth
  • ■ The largest network of mentors in KC - more expertise, more depth
  • ■ The most extensive entrepreneurship resources - offices, legal, events
  • ■ Only $500 for one year program - fits in with your current job and life

The Real Deal (or You Can Really Do This)

Getting Proposals Faster

Founded by EScholars Stuart Ludlow and David Hulsen, RFP365 is a full-cycle Request for Proposal platform. RFP365 facilitates the entire RFP process, from creation to scoring, in a single, collaborative environment.

Procurement organizations and vendors share information seamlessly, reducing wasted time, money and resources in the purchasing process. In addition to RFPs, the application supports RFIs, RFQs, bids, and grant proposals.

Paving the Way

UMKC Engineering student and EScholar Tim Sylvester developed Integrated Roadways, a company that delivers factory-built, precast pavement sections with embedded intelligent transportation systems (or “smart pavement”).

The company delivered its first product to the Kansas Department of Transportation in 2012, and its second product to UMKC’s new Bloch Executive Hall in 2013.

Your Game, Your Way

UMKC undergraduate student Alec Matlock was already selling his custom video game controllers prior to entering the EScholars program, but has now expanded his venture.

Matlock launched Envy Gaming in January 2011, using a corner of his basement to paint his custom controllers. Envy modifies existing game controllers for serious gamers who want better performance and personalization. Matlock is also working on building/ designing new game controllers for next generation Xbox and Playstation gaming systems.

Happiness Ever After

While planning her own wedding, UMKC student Christie Scott thought “there has to be a better way” and developed EA Bride, a successful suite of print and online resources connecting brides- and grooms-to-be with shared stories, vendors, advice and everything a couple could need to plan their special day.

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