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

Fountain Innovation Fund

The Fountain Innovation Fund will increase the number and pace of investable, scalable firms by investing in the most promising early-stage firms, and providing them an accelerated pathway to success.


The Fountain Innovation Fund provides promising startups a critical funding bridge between proof of concept and market validation, filling an investment void that regional governments and much of the current investment community, have not addressed. 

Using charitable donations and a model that has been successful in other regions, we invest in the most promising firms. This provides them critical time and resources to demonstrate commercial viability, and establish revenue. 

This new pathway will provide capital and wrap-around services to 6 to 10 companies each year, with an initial investment in the range of $50-100K. This injection of capital, plus mentoring guidance and education, will provide critical support, and accelerate the number of successful startups in the region. 

The Fountain Innovation Fund serves as a precursor to institutional and angel investment, providing line-of-sight and de-risking investment capital for regional angels and venture funds waiting to invest further along the continuum. 

The Fund positions Kansas City to compete, prosper and thrive in the ever-changing economy. 


Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Venture Capital Equity Providers
Primary ContactMaggie Kenefake
Address6405 Metcalf Ave
Mission, KS 66202
Phone(913) 438-2282