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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KC Connectivity

Why Is #GEWKC Such a Big Deal? Because of This

Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kansas City is a big deal. Over the past week, thousands of KC entrepreneurs and wannapreneurs, of all types, turned out for 100+ events across the KC metro.

There were events for Main Street businesses—those brick-and-mortar shops that are concerned with inventory, staffing and foot traffic. There were events for innovation-led startups and companies, those that seek funding and support to turn a sketch on a napkin into the next big app or tech. There were also events for microenterprises, those business that don't need extensive capital, but do need resources to get spread the word of their services and wares to bigger audiences. And there were even events for second-stage firms, those that have survived the startup phase and are ready to scale to new markets and beyond our borders.

So how does KC pull off such a big week for our entrepreneurs?

Because we have a deep, committed, organized and connected network of 240+ business-building resources ready to help entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. And the more connected a community is, the more vibrant, resulting in increased resources, capital and success, not just during GEW but all year long.

KC Connectivity

The chart above, pulled from the results of a survey KCSourceLink conducted earlier this summer, highlights the connectivity of Kansas City's entrepreneurial resource partner community. Large nodes indicate those that were mentioned frequently. Connections indicate if an entrepreneur reached out to more than one resource. The thicker the line between two organizations, the more times entrepreneurs indicated they used both resources.

So what you see here is a cohesive network that no only serves entrepreneurs at each dot, but also connects them to the next resource they need to take their idea to commercialization, to find funders, to conduct market research, to find employees and more. It's that one degree of entrepreneurship that defines KC entrepreneurship.

So where do you jump in?

Right here with KCSourceLink. When you're ready to grow your idea, give us a call at 816-235-6500 and we'll connect you with the right resource for your business type and stage. Or try our Resource Navigator to find the right resource for your business challenge.

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