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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FREE: Startup of the Year Online Pitch Event | Celebrating Black Founders

Thursday, September 3 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm • Organized By Established | Startup of the Year


Startup of the Year® celebrates Black-led startups on 9/3. Five companies to pitch for $1K and an automatic top Semifinalist Summit spot.



  • Watch Top notch pitches from five emerging Black Founders.
  • Gain valuable insights during Q&A with expert judges: Kathryn Finney from DigitalUndivided, Aubrie Pagano from Corigin Ventures, and Christie Pitts from Backstage Capital.
  • Vote in the People's Choice Award poll.
  • Cheer during the big winner announcement, where one competitor will receive $1,000 and a fast-track spot to our 8th Annual Startup of the Year Summit as a Top 100 Semifinalist.
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