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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Money Matters

Your Guide to Funding Your Business in Kansas City

your guide to funding your business in kansas city money-line
Entrepreneurs and small business owners call KCSourceLink all the time looking for help to start and grow their businesses. One of our most popular requests (can you guess?): where can I find funding for my startup? Where can I find funding to grow my small business?

Wondering that yourself? Great news, you’ve come to the right place.

When it comes time to look for loans, seed funding or venture capital, a tricky part of the process is finding a funding source that fits your business type and stage. Where do you look to find funding when you just have an idea and need to build out a prototype? Who can you talk to when you’re ready for rollout capital? What if you need financing to expand your business, buy new equipment or purchase a building?

Meet the KCSourceLink Money Line, a breakout of our Resource Rail℠ that maps Kansas City’s funding continuum, from debt to venture capital, from inception through exit.

Now you can see all of the options available to you and know that when it comes time to take the leap and grow your business, KCSourceLink and our Resource Partners have your back.

Hop on the Money Line

Here’s how it works. First, find your entrepreneurial type in the legend on the right (here’s more info on the types.) Are you looking for seed or venture capital to accelerate your innovation-led business? Or maybe you’re looking for a microloan to buy new equipment or hire new folks for your microenterprise or Main Street business? Or perhaps you’re ready to go after the big loans for your second-stage business to export to new territories or expand to new markets.

Once you’ve found your entrepreneurial type, follow the green line to your business stage. There, you’ll find the stops, marked with your entrepreneurial type’s color, showing you who can best help with funding for your business’s needs.

And as always, if you’re not sure where you fit, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 816-235-6500 and we’ll help guide you (that’s what we’re here for).

Learn more about loans, grants and funding in Kansas City

A good place to start: the KCSourceLink Learning Center. There, you’ll find out how to estimate the amount of funding you need, determine the best sources for funding and write a business plan to map your cash projections. You can also brush up your vocabulary and learn what those funding stages mean and follow the KC startups and businesses that are securing funding to grow their dreams and their products.

Want to dig deeper into the funding continuum? Check out We Create Capital 2015, an assessment of the capital landscape in Kansas City and an action plan to bring more funding dollars to Kansas City entrepreneurs. (Spoilers: 2016 update is coming out next week. Stay tuned to see where Kansas City has made significant strides and where we still need to focus our efforts.)

Want a version of the Money Line you can print and share?

Download the PDF.

Want to connect with one of these resources?

Visit the Resource Navigator or give us a call at 816-235-6500.

Looking for resources for your Innovation-Led business?

Hop on the Innovation Line.

Looking for resources for your Main Street, Microenterprise or Second Stage business? Visit our Resource Rail and follow your line to resources ready to serve your business. 

Your Guide to Funding Your Business in Kansas City

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