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

Bloch Venture Hub

In partnership with PlexPod Westport Commons, we have spaces for coworking, mentoring, and a resource library, as well as providing workshops and programming to help new entrepreneurs get started!


Bloch Venture Hub sets out to inspire and nurture entrepreneurs and innovators as they pursue ways to create value in new and existing organizations. Our programs are designed to advance entrepreneurship and innovation across the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus, locally in the Kansas City region and around the world.


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking Organizations

  • Small Business/General

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

  • Accelerator
  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking space
  • Incubator Space

Product Development

  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactBen Gruber
AddressPlexpod Westport Commons, Suite 2A
300 E. 39th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone(816) 682-0379