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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Guide: Loans, Grants and Equity Funding  Part Eleven

Funded Kansas City Startups

KCSourceLink tracks Kansas City area companies that received outside capital—grants or equity funding—to fund their startup or expanding businesses.

Welcome to the Kansas City Watch List of Startups and Scaling Businesses. Read more about the KC companies that made this year's watch list

Want to follow along?
Click the links below to see past years' watch lists of KC startups and scaling businesses:

Need funding for your startup or small business?

Check out our funding chart, which is chock-full of definitions and descriptions to help you determine what stage of funding to pursue.

Or just give us a call at 816-235-6500 or ask for your free Personal Action Plan at kcsourcelink.com/myplan. Our Network Navigators know what funding is currently available and can help match you with the right funding resource.

infographic of Kansas City Watch List of Startups and Scaling Businesses | KCSourceLink

How did these companies get on the watch list?

Every company on the KCSourceLink Watch List for 2020-2021 received equity funding or grants in 2018 and 2019, or two investments or grants in 2019.

KCSourceLink also keeps tabs on other benchmarks that are helping Kansas City support entrepreneurship and new business creation with our annual WeCreate reports. Among these reports, WeCreate Capital tracks and monitors KC’s capital landscape to help improve entrepreneurs’ access to that capital as well as resources to help them find funding and leverage opportunities to pitch their company. And KCInvestED helps educate investors and funders about the opportunities to invest in early-stage Kansas City companies, like those in this Watch List. 

Who helped these companies get where they are?

Many of these companies have used the KCSourceLink network to help give them lift. They might’ve used the UMKC Small Business and Technology Development Center for help with SBIR grants. Several are alums of Digital Sandbox KC, ScaleUP! KC and Pipeline Entrepreneurs. Others worked with coaches and mentors in LEANLAB Education, UMKC Entrepreneurship Scholars, Kansas Small Business Development Center, T-Mobile Accelerator, LaunchKC, KC Collective, the Missouri Technical Corporation, among many others.

There are even more organizations in the KCSourceLink network that helped these entrepreneurs and many, many others. Explore the Resource Rail and see who can help you along your entrepreneurial journey, no matter if you’re an innovative startup, a Main Street mainstay or a small, single-owner microenterprise. And just give us a call at 816-235-6500 or tell us what your business needs online, and we’ll craft your Personal Action Plan—your next steps and the organizations that can help.

Need funding for your startup or small business?

Check out our funding chart, which is chock-full of definitions and descriptions to help you determine what stage of funding to pursue.

Or just give us a call at 816-235-6500 or ask for your free Personal Action Plan at kcsourcelink.com/myplan. Our Network Navigators know what funding is currently available and can help match you with the right funding resource. 

 

 

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