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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Inventors and entrepreneurs, startups and scalers: When you have an idea that you want to grow, it helps to have a little help along the way.

That's why we mapped the organizations in Kansas City that can take you from inception to exit. Hop aboard and download your Resource RailSM.

DOWNLOAD THE RESOURCE RAIL

KCSourceLink’s Resource Rail is your map to entrepreneurial experts across our region who are ready to help your business start and grow, whether you’re just launching a company or ready to scale it, whether you’re disrupting an industry with an innovation-led business or running a Main Street retail mainstay.

Just tell us a bit about yourself in the form at the right and get a map for your entrepreneurial journey.

YOUR FIRST STOP: KCSOURCELINK

KCSourceLink connects a network of hundreds of business-building organizations in the 18-county Kansas City region to the aspiring and existing business owners who need their services. Our mission is to help small businesses grow and prosper by providing easy, one-stop access to needed resources. That is why KCSourceLink should be your first stop when you’re ready to start or grow a business in the Kansas City region—and why you should stop back often.

PLAN YOUR TRIP

Just choose your line below and follow it on the Rail to find the resources ready to help you start and grow your business through all four stages: inception, proof of concept, rollout and expansion.

200-Innovation-LedYELLOW: INNOVATION LINE
Follow this line if you’re a tech or high-growth company. These companies form around a new technology or breakthrough process that sometimes needs assistance with proof of concept, pitching for equity investments and building leadership teams.


200-Main-StreetBLUE: MAIN STREET LINE
Follow this line if you have a brick-and-mortar store: restaurants, coffee shops, dry cleaners, retailers, etc. These companies have employees, need operations support and are typically focused on sales, cash flow and funding.


200-MicroentrepriseLIME: MICROENTERPRISE LINE
Follow this line if you’re starting small but have big dreams. Companies in this category require little capital to launch. Most are focused around the owner’s personal expertise—consulting, design, lawn care—and they may not require a physical location.


200-Second-StagePURPLE: SECOND STAGE LINE
Follow this line if you’ve survived the startup phase and you want to scale. Second-stage firms can be in any industry and have enough employees to benefit from adding professional managers. Businesses usually enter second stage when they approach $1 million in receipts.


200-MoneyGREEN: MONEY LINE
Follow this line if funding is your goal. From inception to expansion, explore the Kansas City resources that help fund businesses, from equity to debt and every stop in between.

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