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

Black Economic Union of Greater Kansas City

The Black Economic Union of Kansas City is a not-for-profit Community Development Corporation located in the historic Lincoln building at 18th and Vine Kansas City MO. The Black Economic Union of Kansas City was founded in 1968 by Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns football star turned actor, and Curtis McClinton, former Kansas City Chiefs Halfback, and is the oldest of Kansas City's 13 Community Development Corporations.


Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of low-and-moderate income citizens by promoting economic, social and physical redevelopment and revitalization of distressed blighted communities within Greater Kansas City, Missouri.  BEU works as a consummate partner, leveraging city, state, federal and private resources to ensure that our communities are strengthened and the investments made will support future generations.  Over the years, the strategies employed by BEU have changed to meet the needs of the targeted population, but the resounding framework for encouraging and nurturing empowerment (to develop the willingness and ability of people to take charge of the development process within their own community) has never faltered. BEU’s mission driven developments have resulted in over 1,040 units of affordable and market-rate housing that continue to stabilize communities; over 801,623 sf of commercial activity developed to restore jobs in distressed areas that continue to stabilize communities; and job training and development augmented by entrepreneurial opportunities that help maintain the community’s employment base.  


Office, Incubator, Accelerator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space

  • Incubator Space
  • Office Space
Primary ContactCathy Thomas-Jackson
Address1601 E 18th St
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone(816) 474-1080