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


equity2 was founded to provide patient capital for new and growing businesses and community-enhancing projects. We utilize Qualified Opportunity Zones as a tool for marrying capital with impact, combining both definitions of equity to achieve positive social and economic returns.


We are an impact-driven firm with a focus on overlooked and historically underinvested communities. 

We invest in community wealth-generating projects. These will generally fall into the categories of real estate and operating businesses.

Real Estate

  • housing. Multifamily, affordable and accessible developments.

  • commercial and retail. Projects with catalytic potential—that is, projects that can spark further growth and wealth generation in the community.

  • community-focused projects. Neighborhood-led developments and projects that build community wealth.

Operating Businesses

  • jobs. Businesses that are committed to creating high-quality, attainable jobs.

  • growth. Small businesses poised for second-stage growth, especially minority- and women-owned enterprises.

  • ownership. Emphasis given to businesses creating wealth by converting to employee ownership plans.


Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Venture Capital Equity Providers
Primary ContactLauren Obermueller
Address3200 Wayne Ave
Kansas City, MO 64109