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's Best Motivational Speech

#WeCreateKC: "Because forever is about to happen."

We wanted to do something special to launch this year's We Create KC report, KCSourceLink's third annual state of Kansas City entrepreneurship. We thought about writing a rousing motivational speech and then realized—all the best speeches were already written. So we grabbed our favorite quotes and invited a few of our friends to help us rally Kansas City around startups, small business and entrepreneurship. 

And so we give, the Best Motivational Speech of All Time, as performed by you, KC's entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Thanks to all the KC pioneers, heroes and champions who helped us with the video. You are an inspiration, as are the immortal words of (in order of recitation):

Ewing Marion Kauffman
Willy Wonka
Spider Man
What A Girl Wants

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Steve Jobs
Dead Poets Society
Empire Strikes Back

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Good Will Hunting
The Fast and the Furious
Black Hawk Down
Harry Potter
Pursuit of Happyness
Star Wars

Friday Night Lights
Remember the Titans
Pan’s Labyrinth
Star Trek
Any Given Sunday

The Fast and the Furious
Apollo 13
Galaxy Quest
Dead Poets Society
Animal House
Independence Day
Pirates of the Caribbean

Return of the King
Henry V
Empire Strikes Back


Dirty Dozen


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