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


AltCap exists to increase the flow of capital to communities and businesses not adequately served by traditional financial institutions. Whether it is through the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program, microloans, or any of our other alternative capital sources, AltCap is committed to delivering critical financing to support job creating small business investments and catalytic, community-driven real estate development projects in our service area.


AltCap has modified its Fast Start Loan (up to $20,000) to help meet the immediate capital needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Features of the Fast Start Loan include:

  • Shorter processing time (48 hours) 

  • Interest rate is 5% for first 12 months (interest only first 3 months); 8% after 12 months

  • No payments for first 30 days

  • 1% loan origination fee

  • 1 - 3 year loan term

  • No pre-payment penalties  

To qualify for Fast Start, applicants should have: 

  • Business in good standing

  • Debt-to-Credit (DTC) ratio <=50% 

  • Income verification (past 3 months of bank statements and past 2 years of tax returns)

  • Other criteria may apply

To begin the loan application process, go to



Since 2018 AltCap has provided NMTC facilitated financing for $200 million in investments by family-owned small businesses to social service nonprofits to real estate development entities, all in severely distressed, low-income communities throughout Kansas City, Missouri.  Our NMTC portfolio includes a LEED Platinum manufacturing facility (the 7th in the nation) to a repurposed church and school. 

AltCap uses its NMTC allocation primarily to help finance operating businesses as well as real estate development entities that are making a significant investment in AltCap's designated service area.  Job-creating capital investments by a business (e.g. facility expansion or equipment / machinery purchase) or catalytic commercial, industrial, mixed-use, or community-driven development projects representing at least $5 million in investment are eligible for nontraditional, flexible financing through the NMTC Program.


With more than 5,000 vacant homes and lots in Kansas City, there is an urgent demand for housing rehab funding to improve abandoned and blighted residential properties in the urban core. However, there has been a lack of available capital for home rehabbing projects to help cover the prohibitive costs of contractors, plumbers, electricians and other trades. The Kansas City Home Rehabbers Loan Fund was established to address this need and support home rehabbers who are working to address Kansas City’s blighted housing issues in our neighborhoods.

In partnership with Legal Aid of Western Missouri, AltCap has developed a microloan program to serve home rehabbers in Kansas City, Missouri's distressed neighborhoods. 


The Diversified Contractors Growth Fund (DCGF) provides short-term debt financing to women- and minority-owned enterprises (WBE/MBE) as well as veteran-owned enterprises that are certified contractors in the commercial construction industry. DCGF loans are intended to increase WBE/MBE competitiveness and financial capacity to bid on and perform public and private contract work they otherwise might not be able to because of cash flow limitations. 

Along with funding partner, Port KC, AltCap is proud to support the growth and development of our minority and women contractors.  We work with commercial plumbing, roofing firms, electrical contractors, masonry contractors, cement suppliers, window fabricators, fence contractors, landscapers, and others to offer needed capital with flexible terms.


At AltCap we never want to see funding get in the way of someone pursuing their passion.  That's why we created ARTcap, a unique microloan fund to help fuel the passion of musicians, photographers, dancers, jewelers and other artists and creative businesses in Kansas City.

ARTcap microloans are available for amounts up to $50,000 to artists, artisans and makers as well as other established businesses in the creative industries in Kansas City, Missouri.

Growth Loan

The Kansas City Growth Loan is a character-based loan product that provides an alternative to the standard borrowing process for startups and other small business owners. 

Offered through a partnership with Access Ventures, the Growth Loan is a non-collateralized, non-credit based loan up to $25,000 for small business owners who cannot access capital based on traditional underwriting methods and standards. Using an unconventional underwriting process, where your reputation becomes your collateral and your potential replaces your credit score, the Kansas City Growth Loan can provide you the opportunity to access low cost, flexible capital to realize your company’s full potential.

Loan use is flexible and can include start-up costs, working capital, equipment purchase, and more.


Economic and Site Development

  • Tax Credits

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Loan Providers
  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Tax Credits

Networking Organizations

  • Geographically Based

Tax Services

  • Tax Credits


  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactDavin Gordon
AddressRobert J. Mohart Multipurpose Room
3200 Wayne Ave
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone(816) 216-1851 x5