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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GEW: What Is It, Why You Should Care and How to Get In on the Action

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is just two weeks away—and it's your chance to join the worldwide and weeklong celebration of entrepreneurship and the power it has to transform lives and local economies.

From Nov. 16 through Nov. 22 (we in KC tend to squeeze in a couple more events before and after), GEW will once again unite millions of innovators, job creators, business owners, world leaders, celebrity entrepreneurs and companies under the celebration of entrepreneurship. With more than 40,000 events spread out over a seven day period in more than 150 countries, GEW offers individuals—entrepreneurs, small business owners and even ambitious high school students—a chance to unleash their ideas and discover their potential, risk-free.

So why is Global E-Week important?

Here’s the scoop on GEW, straight from GEW president Jonathan Ortmans.


Because entrepreneurship creates jobs—and many of the new jobs in entrepreneurial economies come from firms less than five years old. Leaders around the world see GEW as a way to stimulate and support entrepreneurship and the ecosystem it needs to thrive.

But Global E-Week is more than an awareness campaign.

Through local, national and global activities, GEW gives aspiring, emerging and existing entrepreneurs a chance to be creative and build connections, to start companies and spur economic growth.

What can you do?

So much. First, grab a subhead and dive deep. then share what you're attending, the inspiration you get there and follow the events on social media with #GEWKC.

And if you can't find what you're looking for here, search the GEWKC calendar for the full list of 80+ events held during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Meet other entrepreneurs 

Help us launch GEW with the inaugural Coffee Kick Offs on Nov. 16, held in the wee hours at coffee shops across the metro. Or join us at the end of the week for the GEW Wrap Up.


Power up your networking

Meet other entrepreneurs, small business owners and perhaps your next client or customer at Multicultural Business Happy HourBusiness Showcase Networking + Put Your Business on the Map#Cowork4Good, and Venture Lounge.


Discover KC startups and innovation

From the 1 in a Million showdown to How to get into Techstars - the Sprint Mobile AcceleratorT(eacher)ED Talks: Ideas About the Future of KC Education and more, you can learn all about the innovations on the cusp and riding the edge.


Learn what it takes to start a business and find funding

Kansas City has a deep bench of resources (dare I say bullpen?) to help you get your businesses started and connect you with funding options. Learn all about them with Bringing Innovation to Life: How the Digital Sandbox KC Is Fueling Future KC EntrepreneursCapital Kansas City StyleCYA: Cover Your Assets and eKC Explained 2015.

Or you could go the DIY route and sign up for FastTrac New Venture for WomenHow to Start a Business in Blue Springs or Startup Weekend.


Get really serious about your IP

A step beyond getting started? Protect your innovation with expert tips and lessons at  Intellectual Property Basics for Entrepreneurs or Advanced Patent Topics for Entrepreneurs.


Finally nail marketing

Attend Money Making Marketing: Don't Waste Your Money to see how to turn marketing into ROI.


Learn how to grow your business

Ready to grow that business? Check out Hispanic Entrepreneurs ExpoKauffman FastTrac: Listening to Your Business and/or Women's Entrepreneurship Day: Ask the Experts

And be sure to get your applications in for ScaleUP! Kansas City (deadline on that one is Nov. 23, so don't get too caught up in GEWKC and forget to submit your application to this free and transformative program.)


Get inspired by other entrepreneurs

Big inhale on this one. Read about KC entrepreneurs on our Entrepreneurs in Action page or hear their legendary stories in person at Athena League VOXBloch Entrepreneurship of the Year AwardBreakfast FOR ChampionsChat with Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Inc.Coffee with Danny O'NeillEntrepreneur StoryTime: The Business of MicrobrewsStartup Grind: Barnett Helzberg and WiSTEMM Quarterly Speakers Series.


Support local KC businesses

Start local by supporting KC-owned business during GEW and all holiday season. Find out how with Shop Local KCHoliday Open HouseA Taste of Excelsior Expo and WineDown Weekend: An Exhibition of Local Food and Drink.

Not enough entrepreneurship for you?

Don’t worry. There’s lots more. Check out the full calendar of GEWKC events for more events.

Your turn: So what GEW events tickle your entrepreneurial fancy?

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