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


Artist INC is a program under the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Artist INC connects artists of all disciplines to the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary to develop their entrepreneurial skills and strengthen their artistic practice.


Take control of your career, create opportunity, shape your future and strengthen your art practice . . .

Artist INC Live is an eight-week seminar focused on the professional development of emerging and mid-career artists.

Artist INC Advance or Artist INC II is for graduates of Artist INC Live, artists and peers work together to expand on their entrepreneurial skills and apply them to specific projects or pursuits.

Artist INC Express is a two-day intensive workshop aimed to address the specific business challenges artists face

What Works workshops are 120-minute sessions/discussions sharing the successful traits of artist entrepreneurs.


Business Planning

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development


  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training


  • Peer Mentoring

Networking Organizations

  • Industry Specific

Starting a Business

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Startup Classes


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactKathy Liao
Address2018 Baltimore Ave
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone(816) 421-1388