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Innovation-Led: Business in the Fast Lane


High-growth, innovation-led businesses move fast—and need resources that can keep up. You go through all the usual startup steps at hyper-speed, and you often have a few extra steps.

On the Missouri side, the UMKC Small Business and Technology Development Center can guide you through the fast-paced path from startup to success. In Kansas, it’s the Enterprise Center of Johnson County. Both have counselors and mentors with “been there, done that” experience.

Check out the Lifecycle of the High-Growth Enterprise for a look at the high-tech startup process, then click the links below for other KCSourceLink partners who can assist you at key points along the path of growth.

Do you have a marketable product?

Will anyone buy?

Who, how and where will you run the organization?

How will you fund the company? 


Makerspaces and Prototyping Network

Kansas City is full of tools and resources to help bring your idea to fruition and market. Reach out to the makerspaces below to gain connections to the physical and human resources to rapidly commercialize your technologies.

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Bloch Venture Hub
3 Levels with 3 purposes - an ideation lab to help entrepreneurs refine, and plan startups; an incubator to launch and aid new ventures with mentoring, education, and other critical resources; and an accelerator to scale and grow young businesses. Specializes in: Prototype Development Twitter

Ben Gruber
4328 Madison Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: (816) 682-0379
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Advanced Manufacturing Institute
The Advanced Manufacturing Institute at Kansas State University provides a broad range of services and project management resources to both private industry and researchers to advance the commercial readiness of new products or technologies. Twitter Facebook

Jeff Tucker
510 McCall Road
Manhattan, KS 66503
Phone: (785) 532-3421
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Digital Sandbox KC
Digital Sandbox KC provides proof-of-concept resources including market validation, prototyping and beta testing support for development of digital technologies within new and existing businesses. Twitter Facebook

Amy Brost
4747 Troost Ave
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: (816) 235-6676
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Ennovation Center
The Ennovation Center business incubator provides the location and business development services for companies focused in Culinary and Business & Technology. Twitter Facebook

Xander Winkel
201 N Forest Avenue
Suite 120
Independence, MO 64050
Phone: (816) 463-3532
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FabLab MCC-Business & Technology
FabLab is a resource for individuals to access tools, technology and training. The lab is filled with machines that allow members to design and fabricate many different concepts into working prototypes. Twitter

Jennifer Dec
1775 Universal Ave
Kansas City, MO 64120
Phone: (816) 604-5602
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Hammerspace Community Workshop & Makerspace
Hammerspace is a 7000 square foot workshop facility which is home to Kansas City's community of makers, crafters and inventors. It's like a gym for people who build stuff! Facebook

Dave Dalton
5200 E. 45th St.
Kansas City, MO 64130
Phone: (913) 686-6562
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Inventors Center of Kansas City
ICKC provides a learning forum for inventor/entrepreneurs and those in allied fields, benefiting all involved. Our purpose is to provide innovative education and support that will stimulate members to guide their ideas through the idea development process. Twitter

Curt McMillan
Meetups occur at Union Station (30 W. Pershing Rd.)
Kansas City, MO 64108
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Johnson County Library MakerSpace
The Johnson County Central Resource Library MakerSpace provides resources, tools, and programs for hobbyists, entrepreneurs, and small business owners. Twitter

Meredith Nelson
9875 W 87th Street
Overland Park, KS 66212
Phone: (913) 826-4600
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Mid-America Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC)
Mid-America TAAC assists domestic manufacturers negatively impacted by import competition by providing cost share grant funding to implement improvement projects to make a business more globally competitive. Twitter

Donna Porch
4200 Little Blue Parkway
Ste 590
Independence, MO 64057
Phone: (816) 666-9407
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The Device Labs
The Device Labs in Shawnee offers coworking and office spaces, engineering and rapid prototyping as well as professional services for every stage of business. Twitter

Jennifer Nickols
10316 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Shawnee, KS 66203
Phone: (913) 568-2936
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