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KCSourceLink connects KC entrepreneurs to the right resource at the right time.

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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.
UMKC Innovation Center
UMKC Innovation Center
By Kyle Smith
May 04, 2016

Say Hello to our Friends at Startup Crawl KC 2016

Startup Crawl KC 2016 is sure to be a terrific way to kick off 1Week KC. (Tap that link to 1Week to sign up and build your calendar.)

As you enjoy your adventure around the KC startup universe, be sure to say hello to some of our friends and resource partners:

Enterprise Center of Johnson County

ECJC is a venture development organization providing resources and connections to accelerate the success of early-stage companies. Since 1995, the ECJC has served clients in various industries including: technology, life sciences, mobile and communications, business services, clean energy, consumer products and more. Services of the ECJC include: Advisory and financial services; flexible, all-inclusive office space and virtual office options; access to capital through the Mid-America Angels network; entrepreneur education through a weekly workshop series; and networking opportunities.


BetaBlox starts as an accelerator, turns into an incubator and ends as an advisor. We do this through a rigorous three-month boot camp, turned into three more months of incubation services, ending in years worth of office space, consultation, mentor appointments/lectures and more.

We take 10 companies at a time and have processed more than 500 applications. We create the longest relationships with the most hands-on system of any other entity in the city that helps entrepreneurs. Anyone can apply, but only the most scalable opportunities led by the brightest entrepreneurs make it in. In exchange we take 5 percent equity in each venture. No cash, no leases, no retainers: just a promise to share in your success.

Kansas City Startup Village

The Kansas City Startup Village (KCSV) is an entrepreneur-led, organic, grassroots initiative helping to bolster the Kansas City entrepreneur and startup community.  Our mission: to create a concentrated and collaborative area of startups centered around the Google Fiber “fiberhood” of Hanover Heights near 45th & State Line Road.  Our vision: to help solidify Kansas City as a premiere startup city in America.

Sprint Accelerator

The accelerator offers a community space for entrepreneurs to hang out, share and innovate together. The space is open to all Kansas City innovators and offers blazing fast internet, high-top tables and soft seating with 12–16 work spaces. Anyone can drop in 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday to use the space or there is a conference room that can be reserved.

OfficePort KC

OfficePort KC offers "porters" an environment where ideas are easily exchanged and business relationships form freely. OfficePort KC is an open and affordable co-working space, requiring no deposit or long-term commitment.  Amenities include:

  • dedicated space with desk & chairs
  • lockable cabinet
  • mailing address
  • business and copy center
  • private conference room 
  • Google Fiber high-speed ethernet & WiFi
  • business VoIP
  • no lease requirements
  • location roaming
  • free coffee

Think Big Partners

Think Big Partners is an early-stage startup accelerator and mentorship-based collaborative network. Think Big Partners has successfully launched or grown more than 150 successful companies with its creation of the coworking space (Think Big Coworking), entrepreneurial conferences and events (Think Big Kansas City and iKC), essential services, startup resources and funding (Think Big Ventures). 

For more about Startup Crawl KC 2016, follow them on Twitter and like their Facebook page. And be sure to sign up for more great events during 1WeekKC.

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