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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Youth Entrepreneurs Showcase: Global Entrepreneurship Week - Kansas City

Young Entrepreneurs Showcase

GEWKC is Kansas City's largest celebration of entrepreneurship; the thinkers, doers and dreamers that are creating jobs and bringing innovation to life.  In 2019, we are continuing to showcase what is happening inside of Kansas City area schools by involving local students that are making waves.

During this event, students will:

  • Communicate their solution to the problem they are trying to solve with either a prototype, poster presentation, app, pitch or all of the above!
  • Engage with and receive feedback from local entrepreneurs.
  • Interact with like-minded students from other schools in the community and learn about their projects.
  • Demonstrate to the outside community the unlimited capabilities of Kansas City's next generation.
  • Become more motivated to take their existing solution to the next level!

Event Details: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at Gregg/Klice Community Center (1600 John Buck O'Neil Way, Kansas City, MO 64108).


8 a.m.                   Doors Open (Setup and Pre-Conference Activity)

9-2                        Young Entrepreneurs Showcase

8:45-9:15              Welcome and Ice Breaker

9:30-10:20           Session 1

  • 1A: Entrepreneurial Mindset:  A Race to Problem Solving
    Greg Owsley, STEAM Director, Rockhurst High School and Rebecca Gubbels, UMKC Small Business Development Center

  • 1B: Panel of Young Entrepreneurs

10-10:50     Fortifying Legacies: Economic Building with Youth Entrepreneurs
                   Tovah Tanner, Royale Cohesive Network  

10:40-11:30     Session 2

  • 2A: From Ideation to Implementation: Practical Ways to Start Your Business
    Antionette Redmond: Director of Recruitment University of KS School of Business and Brandon Redmond, entrepreneur
  • 2B: Panel:  Businesses with Young Interns? What is Expected, How to Apply, etc. 
  • 2C: Gain Real-World Experience by Starting a Student-Run Business
    Dr. Tammy Ogren, Cottey College Entrepreneurial Lab


11:30 Lunch with an Entrepreneur


12:30-1:10          Session 3

  • 3A: Think You Don’t Need Email Marketing? Think Again
    Janet M Elie, Launch4Life
  • 3B: Seeing the Game Differently
    Bruce Ianni, Co-founder/CEO, ShotTracker


1:15-2:00             Session 4

  • 4A: MECA Challenge: The MECA Experience
    Katie Kimbrell, Director of Education, KC Startup Foundation and Veronica Alvidrez, Experiences Coordinator, KC Startup Foundation
  • 4B: Draw Your Future to Make it Happen

We encourage everyone to get involved — let us know if you'll be there.

We will reach out as the event gets closer to collect more information for those that are bringing students to showcase. If you have questions, feel free to email Greg Owsley: 

Is this field trip approved by administration?*

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