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
UMKC Innovation Center
Project United Knowledge

KC-Based Block Knowledge Seeks Current, Aspiring Entrepreneurs for Next Cohorts

Every innovation that solves problems and changes the world starts with one thing: opportunity. But underserved and underestimated groups often never get that opportunity, and the outcomes suggest we all can do more.

To fill that gap and create more opportunities for everyone to join Kansas City’s expanding entrepreneurial community, Block Knowledge (formerly Project United Knowledge) has developed new business validation and product development courses to help even more aspiring doers, dreamers and innovators validate their business concepts and develop them into full-fledged businesses.

Recent alumni of Block Knowledge’s existing programs have started new businesses, created apps and new products, and received follow-on funding.

>> Skip right to the goods. Apply for the next Block Knowledge cohort.


Business Validation and Product Development Courses 

Each Block Knowledge cohort shows up to 10 aspiring entrepreneurs how their ideas can solve problems with real-world solutions.

Business Validation

Classes start March 10 and June 9 and run 6 - 9 p.m.

Block Knowledge’s 11-week entrepreneur accelerator program helps budding or current founders create and validate their businesses. By utilizing a Lean Canvas model, founders will learn about their business and do real customer discovery. Founders can build directly off that business-canvas training and take their market-tested concept and learn how to develop it into a product.

Product Development

Classes start March 19 and April 30 and run 5:30 - 9 p.m.

This six-week course guides non-technical entrepreneurs through the technical training of product development. Participants will learn how to improve or build a solid customer experience and get the tools they need to speak with technical and creative vendors. The program covers business concepts and features, user experience and user interface, wireframing and prototyping, user requirements and technology team management.

Block Knowledge’s offerings are open to new and existing business owners in any industry and to those who are exploring a new business idea. To apply, you need a well-articulated description of the product or service you offer (or plan to offer), as well as a description of your target consumer, client or audience. Submit your application for each course at the Block Knowledge website.


Apply for Block Knowledge

Are you ready to start, grow and validate your business? Apply for the next Block Knowledge cohort before classes fill up.

How can we help you?

Our team helps grow entrepreneurship in Kansas City every day.

Connect with us!

Get insights, inspiration and events to help you start, grow and accelerate KC businesses.