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

Guide: Innovation-Led  Part One

Do You Have a Marketable Product?

Determine the feasibility of your product or service.

Successful entrepreneurs must first answer the question of feasibility…you have an idea or a technology. Will it do what it’s intended to do? Can you produce it? What’s the value proposition?

The following resources can help you with concept definition and testing; manufacturing assessments (to determine whether the product can be produced efficiently); and prototype development.

Provider Information

Black & Veatch MakerSpace at Johnson County Library

The Black & Veatch MakerSpace at Johnson County Library is an exploratorium of technologic contraptions for innovators, creatives and tinkerers! We help patrons learn to use new equipment and software, troubleshoot technologies, find resources, and help to foster the maker movement. This is a free resource, no need for a library card, and we are open to the public.

Bloch Venture Hub

In partnership with PlexPod Westport Commons, we have spaces for coworking, mentoring, and a resource library, as well as providing workshops and programming to help new entrepreneurs get started!

Block Knowledge

Block Knowledge, previously known as Project United Knowledge. Our goal is to continue assisting nontraditional founders to realize their fullest potential and to impact communities. We have numerous classes & workshops to provide entrepreneurial knowledge, financial knowledge, and technological knowledge to the community.

Digital Sandbox KC

Digital Sandbox KC provides proof-of-concept resources including market validation, prototyping and beta testing support for development of digital technologies within new and existing businesses.

FabLab MCC-Business & Technology

FabLab is a resource for individuals to access tools, technology and training. The lab is filled with machines that allow members to design and fabricate many different concepts into working prototypes.

Free Enterprise Center at UMKC School of Computing and Engineering

Augmented and Virtual Reality Innovation Academy, a program of the Free Enterprise Center.

Great Plains Technology & Manufacturing Cluster

The Great Plains Technology & Manufacturing Cluster assists manufacturers and technology entrepreneurs in making the critical connections to innovation resources required to protect, develop, launch and grow new products and businesses.

Hammerspace Community Workshop & Makerspace

Hammerspace is a 7000 square foot workshop facility which is home to Kansas City's community of makers, crafters and inventors. It's like a gym for people who build stuff!

Information Experience Lab

The Information Experience Lab is a usability laboratory that conducts research and evaluates the usability of technology and websites. Since the IE Lab is used as a teaching and research facility, our pricing is very competitive, and our services are research based.

Inventors Center of Kansas City

ICKC provides education and encouragement to help inventors of all ages bring their ideas to market. We focus attention on ideation, market-sizing, market validation, prototyping, intellectual property protection, benefits visualization, licensing, and manufacturing.

Kansas Department of Agriculture

The mission of the KDA Agricultural Marketing, Advocacy and Outreach Team is to serve all Kansans through innovative programming and delivering solutions designed to create an environment that facilitates growth and expansion in agriculture while increasing pride in and awareness of the state's largest industry - agriculture.

KC Collective

KC Collective was developed by startup founders for startup founders. Through collective collaboration, we leverage our networks to provide introductions, mentorship, generous perks and discounts from our partners, and the education and resources necessary for driving your business forward.

K-State Research and Extension - Johnson County

K-State Research and Extension - Johnson County offers resources and referrals for small business development with emphasis on agriculture, horticulture, and food based businesses.

K-State Technology Development Institute (TDI)

The Technology Development Institute provides a variety of resources and services through collaborative engineering and business development partnerships to advance technologies, people, and companies.

Leanlab Education

LEANLAB Education is an organization that builds communities and launches transformational innovations into K12 schools.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center

MAMTC helps companies realize never ending growth in the rapidly changing global marketplace by helping make American businesses more innovative at home and more competitive abroad.

Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC)

Mid-America TAAC assists domestic manufacturers negatively impacted by import competition by providing cost share grant funding to implement improvement projects to make a business more globally competitive.

Missouri Enterprise, Kansas City and Northwest Missouri

Missouri Enterprise is a dedicated manufacturing expert & your partner to strengthen & grow your company. We assist manufacturers in the following areas; workforce development, technology, lean principles, exporting, quality, food safety & more.

The Device Labs

The Device Labs in Shawnee offers coworking and office spaces, engineering and rapid prototyping as well as professional services for every stage of business.

The Sewing Labs

The Sewing Labs is a non-profit community resource center providing classes and jobs training in sewing-related arts in the KC urban community. Our newest program, The Sewing Salon, will provide an unconventional entrepreneurial hub for marginalized and at-risk individuals to develop their sewing businesses.

Whiteboard2Boardroom

The Whiteboard to Boardroom project seeks to commercialize technology through a partnership of education, nonprofit and private sector organizations.

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