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

A 7-Part Guide

Start Your Business

Make sure you take the right steps to set up and establish your new Kansas City business.

Prepare Your New Business For Success

Part One

Evaluate Your Business Idea

Research your customers and business competition.

Read Part One
A woman entrepreneur smiles at a table of fellow entrepreneurs

Part Two

Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Learn to think like an entrepreneur.

Read Part Two
Global Entrepreneurship Week Kansas City

Part Three

Build Your Social Network

One of the best investments your business can make is in human capital.

Read Part Three
Create a Business Plan for Your New Business

Part Four

Plan Your Business

A strategic business plan is the key to a profitable business.

Read Part Four
A group of entrepreneurs brainstorms

Part Five

Build a Lean Canvas

Get focused with a simplified business plan.

Read Part Five
Register and License Your New Kansas City Business

Part Six

Register and License Your Business

Here are the steps to register and license your new business whether you're in Kansas or Missouri.

Read Part Six
Finding a Location For Your Business

Part Seven

Find Office Space

Which location is best for your business: storefront, coworking space or office?

Read Part Seven