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
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Stop wondering "what if" and start planning "what's next."

To help you think through where you are and what you need (or what you might've missed when you started your biz), we've created a Maker Thinksheet just for you. It'll help you sculpt that hobby into (if you so choose) a business and take those first steps as a small-business owner.

Download your Maker Thinksheet that’ll help you get started with some real-world perspective:
  • Dream (Why are you starting a business?)
  • Think (Who is my ideal customer? Who is my competition?)
  • Make (What makes my product different? How will I market and advertise?)
  • Pay your bills (How will my business make money?)
… and more.

No matter where you are on your journey—just exploring what this "business" thing is all about and if you can pull it off, figuring out your pricing and distribution, doing market research and sussing out your competitors, looking for new customers and markets, developing out your social media or marketing strategy, scaling to a brick-and-mortar location—we can help. Reach out to us anytime at 816-235-6500. Our services are always free. Thanks for being awesome!

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