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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We Create KC

We Create KC: KC's Progress toward Becoming America's Most Entrepreneurial City

We Create KC

In 2012, KC set out to become America’s most entrepreneurial city. We here at KCSourceLink took that goal seriously.

So how are we doing so far?

In We Create KC: Year 2, KCSourceLink analyzes Kansas City progress toward that goal, working with our Resource Network to measure the metrics that matter to KC entrepreneurship and fill gaps in services.

Here are a few key lessons and metrics illustrated in the report.

Entrepreneurial Density
Entrepreneurship is happening everywhere—and it’s getting stronger.

Entrepreneurial density maps use FEIN data to show those companies that have hired their first employee. From 2013 to Q3 of 2014, you can see that diverse groups of people are starting business all over the metro region.

Access to Capital
KC is improving access to capital for entrepreneurs.

Since 2012, the KC Regional Microloan Program has awarded $3 million via 262 loans, with a default rate of less than 3 percent. With new resources for early-stage companies, KC has more than tripled the number of equity investments in early-stage firms.

KC Company Watch List
KC entrepreneurs are getting traction.

A full slate of 25 companies are featured on our KC Company Watch List—selected because they were were funded for preseed through Series B in 2013 and raised at least one other round of funding in 2014.

STEM Workforce
KC is gobbling up tech talent.

With 60,079 STEM jobs in in 2015, KC is outpacing the national average by 7 percent. With 4,394 average monthly job postings, but only 2,365 average monthly hires, we certainly have the demand for STEM jobs, now we need to figure out how to support that hunger.

Entrepreneurial Connectivity
Kansas City entrepreneurs are connected.

KC’s entrepreneurial organizations truly work together. You certainly see that in the lines of the Entrepreneurial Connectivity map: entrepreneurs freely move back and forth between organizations. That’s alignment between entrepreneurial support organizations, government and large corporations is something that’s unique about Kansas City. Everyone is all in for entrepreneurship.

Check out the infographics—and the inspirational stories—for yourself by downloading the report at

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