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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1Week KC Connects Entrepreneurs across Kansas City

Kansas City knows how to rally around entrepreneurs. With three (count 'em, three) signature weeks each year, we help connect entrepreneurs to each other, to resources and to the ecosystem Kansas City has built to nurture entrepreneurial growth and prime business owners for success.

The next celebration on our agenda (and you'll want to put this on yours, too): 1Week KC, May 20-May 27.

For the third year, 1WKC celebrates and connects entrepreneurs of all stripes and strokes across the Kansas City metro in celebration, networking and learning. Here's a  little more about it and how it lends a different flavor and perspective to KC's entrepreneurship scene and celebrations. 

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1Week KC
May 20-27, 2016

Who: Anyone who wants to engage and celebrate entrepreneurship in Kansas City

It’s all in the name—1Week KC is our hyperlocal celebration of entrepreneurship in Kansas City. Entrepreneurs of all strokes—Main Street and innovation led, artists and musicians and inventors, multicultural and millennial—are all invited to come together at events across the metro to learn about starting and growing their businesses but, more importantly, to enjoy each others’ company and camaraderie.

With a smaller slate of events—just 10 for the week—each day of 1Week KC includes fun events (E Day at the K, Multicultural Business Happy Hour, Startup Crawl and Start + Scale Business Day, among others) to bring you closer to your community and your business goals.

September 12-18, 2016

Who: Innovators, inventors and techies in the Midwest and beyond

The mission of Techweek is to build the world’s largest community-driven tech platform to support tech entrepreneurship across the globe. There are eight Techweeks in North America and Kansas City joined the family in 2015. Techweek attracts international entrepreneurs and celebrity speakers and awards local businesses with accolades and grants (Launch KC to help them grow.

For more on Kansas City’s first Techweek, visit our recap.

Global Entrepreneurship Week
November 14-20, 2016

Who: Dreamers, innovators and job creators, with a focus on education and connecting with the full entrepreneurial network

This is the bigs. Global Entrepreneurship Week is celebrated in more than 160 countries around the world, and Kansas City is proud to host one of the largest with more than 13,000 entrepreneurs and 100+ events converging here in the Paris of the Plains. With so many passionate people coming together, GEWKC is an excellent opportunity for newbies to gain inspiration and for established business people to gain priceless connections.

Looking for Just a One-Hour, One-Day or Something In Between?

Pop in for an event or commit yourself to the whole week of one of these celebrations: they're made for the occasional and seasoned celebrators.

Looking for something in between these signature weeks to help ramp up your business savvy and connections?  KCSourceLink hosts the most comprehensive business calendar. And if you can't find what you need, let us know. 

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