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.
UMKC Innovation Center
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Coming Up in KC Entrepreneurship

Coming Up In KC entrepreneurship
The KCSourceLink calendar is chock-full of classes and events that you can attend to learn how to start and scale your business. Jenny Miller, network builder extraordinaire, is here with a few of the highlights. Grab your calendar, and let's get to work:

There's a chill in the air and Halloween costumes galore - keep reading to find out what's in store for businesses in KC!

Local artists can learn how to fund their passions during the ArtCap Information Session on October 11.

Check out KC Roundtable Event: Find Your Focus on October 13 to hear from Greg Head, former CMO of Infusionsoft at the Sprint Accelerator.

Scientists, entrepreneurs, students and anyone interested is invited to participate in Collaborate2Cure, a program designed to stimulate regional scientific collaboration.

Step back and relax during Business After Hours on October 19 at Chicago’s Bar with the KCK Chamber of Commerce.

Stop into Blue Valley CAPS on October 11 or K-State Research & Extension offices on October 18 for travelling office hours for a one-on-one to discuss your business.

Here are a few timely funding opportunities you don't want to miss:

Mozilla’s Gigabit Community Fund

Mozilla's Gigabit Community Fund is a partnership with the National Science Foundation and US Ignite to provide catalytic funding to support pilot tests of gigabit technology and related curricula. Projects must take place in Kansas City and employ technologies that leverage high speed internet connections to advance education or workforce development. Applications due October 18.


This is an unique way for local startups to access the resources they need to grow their companies—all at the touch of an Uber button. If selected, you will take a 10-15 minute Uber ride with a top investor on October 26 to pitch your company and receive feedback. Applications due October 20.

KC Global Cities Initiative Micro-Grant Program

These $5000 grants must be spent on improving the applicant’s ability to access world markets. Marketing production for international markets, translation services, and market research are just three examples of many eligible expenses. Apply now.

Missouri Building Entrepreneurial Capacity (MOBEC)

Through the MOBEC program, Missouri Technology Corporation makes strategic investments that expand the support system for entrepreneurs that are commercializing new technologies or that enhance the capacity of Missouri to grow its innovation economy. Eligible applicants include Public or private non-profit Missouri research institutions and non-profit entrepreneurial support organizations. Applications are due by November 1.  

InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum

InvestMidwest is a forum for venture capital to get acquainted with "40-45 companies from throughout the Midwest in the three industry tracks of life sciences, technology and food/ag/bioenergy." Over "300+ attendees [have] included investors from top venture capital firms attended the 2016 InvestMidwest." Early applications due November 11.

Missouri Technology Corporation IDEA Fund

The IDEA Fund promotes the formation and growth of businesses in Missouri that engage in the transfer of science and technology into job creation. IDEA fund is comprised of four programs: Missouri TechLaunch, Seed Capital Co-Investment, Venture Capital Co-Investment Program and High-Tech Industrial Expansion. The next round of applications are due by November 16.

Innovation Crossroads Fellowship

Do you have a game-changing energy technology idea? Five aspiring entrepreneurs will be chosen to mature their ideas for clean energy solutions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Tennessee) and launch new companies. Apply by November 18.

Digital Sandbox KC

Digital Sandbox KC broadly seeks new innovation in information technology.  The Sandbox provides innovators with proof-of-concept resources to support early-stage commercialization processes. Thanks to strong partnerships, special consideration is given to entrepreneurs based in Independence, Missouri, and Olathe, Kansas, and those in the energy sector. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  

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