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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Get a Huge Scholarship to Work on Your Business [CLASSES]

Too often, entrepreneurs are so busy working IN their business that they don’t have a single second to work ON their business. The UMKC Small Business Technology and Development Center (UMKC SBTDC) is here to help.

No matter what stage of entrepreneur you are, just starting a business or trying to grow one, UMKC SBTDC has a class to help you move forward.

That’s the good news—the even better news is that you can save hundreds of dollars on these classes by applying for an Urban Business Growth Initiative (UBGI) scholarship.

If you live or own a business in Kansas City, Missouri, you are eligible for an UBGI scholarship. UBGI started just a few years ago and has already helped many entrepreneurs increase sales, attract investors and start new jobs in KC (learn more, here.) Now, it’s your turn.

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Do you have an idea for a business and want to get started on the right foot? Check out: 
Icehouse Entrepreneurship Program September 8—November 3. Cost: $545, $75 with scholarship Apply Now

This course is a revolutionary new learning program designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide.


Do you have an innovative idea in the tech space and are looking for guidance? Apply for: 
FastTrac® TechVenture™ September 21—November 9. Cost: $795, $75 with scholarship Apply Now

Designed specifically by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac® TechVenture™ program is an intensive eight-session course designed to give technology and science-based entrepreneurs a proven framework and network of connections to help grow a great idea into the next viable innovation.


Is your business up and running and looking for ways to scale? Head to: 
FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ September 16—November 18. Cost: $795, $75 with scholarship Apply Now

Targeted to existing businesses who want to develop a plan for growing their companies. Attendees train with knowledgeable entrepreneur practitioners who are attuned to the issues that influence business decisions. 


Not convinced yet? Zachary Shelton, owner of Inspire Landscaping, is an UBGI recipient and he thinks you should apply:

If you have any questions about which class is best, or how to apply, shoot us an email at or call us at 816-235-6500.

Apply now and keep your dream alive!


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