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 Eight

Venture Capital

Venture capitalists (or VCs) usually make their capital investments later in the business cycle (after another investment). They exchange their investment and their expertise for a significant portion of the company’s ownership and significant control over company decisions.

Before you approach a VC firm, ask yourself and your partners these questions:

  • Am I willing to give up some amount of ownership and control of my company?
  • Can I demonstrate that my company is likely to realize significant revenues and earnings in the next 3-7 years?
  • Can I demonstrate that my company will produce a significant return for investors?
  • Am I willing to take the advice from investors and accept board of director decisions I may not always agree with?
  • Do I have an exit plan for the company that may mean I’m not involved in 3-7 years?

    You’ll need to follow those answers with a solid business plan and an executive summary that includes:

  • Financial overview for at least three years out
  • Sales and marketing plans
  • Three-to-five year goals and your action steps to get there
  • Exit strategy

You may also find Funding Stage Definitions helpful in determining what types of investors to approach.

You only get one chance to make a first impression. We highly recommend working with one of the resources below on pitch prep and selecting the right investment group. Not sure where to turn? Call KCSourceLink at 815-235-6500.

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Bioscience & Technology Business Center - Lawrence

The BTBC, located at the University of Kansas (KU), Lawrence Campus, and Kansas University Medical Center (KUMC), in Kansas City, Kansas, is the largest incubator system in the state. It is comprised of three separate facilities which total approximately 90,000 square feet of wet lab and office space.

Enterprise Center in Johnson County

The Enterprise Center in Johnson County (ECJC) is a venture development organization providing resources and connections to accelerate the success of early-stage companies.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City is dedicated to the creation, advancement, promotion and development of economic opportunities within the Hispanic market and business community.

Innovation Stockyard

The Innovation Stockyard operates the Kit Bond Science and Technology Incubator on the campus of Missouri Western State University with a focus on economic and workforce development, and animal health and nutrition.

InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum

InvestMidwest provides access to capital for emerging, privately held companies to promote entrepreneurship, business growth and expansion in the Midwest, with a focus on technology, food/agriculture, and life sciences.

RedTire

Assist businesses in ownership transition, succession planning, business valuation, business sales and acquisitions. Provide guidance and counselling to potential buyers. Equally assist both sides by helping the parties negotiate a fair value to make a win-win deal and complete the purchase transaction. All services are offered free of charge.

Small Business & Technology Development Center - Jackson County Extension

Missouri's Extension Centers are part of the MO SBTDC network that provides expert business counseling, training and online resources to help existing businesses grow and prosper and new businesses get started successfully at little or no cost to the business.

Small Business & Technology Development Center - Northwest Missouri State University, St. Joseph Satellite

The SBTDC offers confidential, one-on-one counseling, coaching and training to existing businesses and emerging business owners.

Small Business & Technology Development Center - University of Missouri Kansas City

The Small Business & Technology Development Center at UMKC offers one-on-one counseling and training through our ELEVATIONLAB™ track programs to business owners and emerging business owners.

TechAccel, LLC

TechAccel is a venture development and technology organization that invests across the agriculture, animal health, and food science industries. They work with startups, universities, and corporate partners to fund and advance new discoveries to market.

Women's Business Center

Provide training, mentoring, networking opportunities and business consulting to help women start & grow their businesses.

Kansas City Area and Regional VC Firms

Provider Information

C3 Capital

C3 Capital is a fund management company based in Kansas City.

Dundee Venture Capital

Dundee Venture Capital is an Omaha-based seed stage venture fund with >$5 million invested in Kansas City.

Firebrand Ventures

Firebrand Ventures is a new kind of Midwest venture fund. We combine a strong brand, vast network, and deep experience with startup hustle to invest in exceptional early stage software startups.

Five Elms Capital

Five Elms is a value added provider of expansion capital and shareholder liquidity to private companies and their stakeholders.

Flyover Capital

The mission of Flyover Capital is to assist in creating the next generation of technology success stories in the region.

iiM

iiM (innovation in Motion) is a great place for entrepreneurs with great ideas. iiM provides connections, expertise and access to capital to entrepreneurs and companies within the industries of agriculture, animal and human health.

InvestAmerica Venture Group

InvestAmerica is a nationally recognized private equity/venture capital investment management group headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with regional offices in Kansas City.

InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum

InvestMidwest provides access to capital for emerging, privately held companies to promote entrepreneurship, business growth and expansion in the Midwest, with a focus on technology, food/agriculture, and life sciences.

KCRise Fund

KCRise Fund is a venture capital co-investment fund designed to help bring more financing to early-stage businesses in the area.

Konza Valley Capital

Konza Valley Capital is a licensed Small Business Investment Company that provides private equity capital to lower middle market companies having potential for substantial growth and long-term equity appreciation.

Leanlab Education

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

Leawood Ventures

Leawood Ventures provides investors with unique and scalable access to diversified private venture equity and mezzanine debt opportunities identified, evaluated, and actively managed by an experienced team of entrepreneurs and investors who leverage technical and operational expertise to maximize returns.

Open Prairie Ventures

Open Prairie is a Midwest-based, private equity fund manager providing fund deployment, advisory and strategic planning services.

OpenAir Equity Partners

OPENAIR Equity Partners is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in early venture, mid venture, late venture and later stage investments.

Royal Street Ventures

Royal Street Ventures is a Utah-based venture capital firm that has expanded into the Kansas City region.

TechAccel, LLC

TechAccel is a venture development and technology organization that invests across the agriculture, animal health, and food science industries. They work with startups, universities, and corporate partners to fund and advance new discoveries to market.

TGP Investments

TGP Capital Partners is a Kansas City based private equity investment fund formed to make middle-market investments in well-managed, profitable, and growing companies.

Kansas City- Area Venture Forums

Check the KCSourceLink Calendar for a complete list of upcoming events that will allow you to pitch your idea or company to potential investors.

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