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


EnCorps45, an education and entrepreneur development organization, serves professionals 45 and older, and enterprises looking to work with Boomers through networking, training and online resources.


Growing Business

We provide resources to entrepreneurs by building business ecosystems filled with partnerships among civic leaders, municipal decision-makers, government, education, economic development councils and local businesses. Services include:

  • Needs assessments
  • Strategic planning
  • Plan implementation
  • Business growth training
  • Building and managing coworking facilities, makerspaces, incubators and innovation centers


Supporting Networks

Relationship marketing fuels business growth. EnCorps45 creates networking opportunities that seed new businesses, expand current businesses and knit together bonds for community support and sustainable economies. Networking programs include:

  • Weekly community-based coffee connects
  • Evening cocktails and collaboration
  • Monthly encore entrepreneur events
  • Business event space rental

Sustaining Communities

In 2017 the gig economy (entrepreneurs, independent workers and freelancers) represented 34 percent of the US workforce. That is expected to grow to 43 percent – approximately 71 million workers – by 2020. We support growth entrepreneurs with development programs and community resources such as:

  • Business coaching
  • Broad-based curriculum
  • Access to financial resources
  • Resource referrals
  • Business events
  • Networking opportunities



Business Planning

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


  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research


  • Formal Mentoring Programs

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based
  • Small Business/General

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

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space

Starting a Business

  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Startup Classes


  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactTerri Turner
Address1520 Clay Street
Kansas City, MO 64116
Phone(816) 588-9130