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

Generating Income For Tomorrow (GIFT)

Generating Income For Tomorrow’s goal is to create a clear path to economic prosperity and wealth for the African American community in Kansas City. We do this by providing monthly grants and support from professionals to Black business owners.


After extensive outreach to Black business owners in Kansas City to assess the current needs of the community, the following program has been created:

Growth grants are provided in the amounts of $25,000 & $50,000 and a startup grant is provided at $10,000

Recipients who receive our grants are provided with a team of technical assistance professionals in the realms of Business Coaching, Accounting, Marketing and Legal services 

A minimum of one growth grant and one startup grant are awarded per month 

The hope is that we will eventually be able to create 100-200 new jobs in low income communities each year through direct job creation (initial grant funding) and indirect job creation (being a catalyst for business growth). Over the next 5 years we want to see a steady decline in the poverty rate of the Urban Core and work to fund the development of a Black owned grocery store in an food desert.


The guidelines for how G.I.F.T. identifies grant recipients are outlined below:

  • The business applying for the grant must be majority Black-owned.
  • Preference will be given to businesses that are located or operate in our identified focus area (64109, 64110, 64127, 64128, 64130, and 64132).
  • The business must have a detailed itemized breakdown of exactly how the grant dollars would be utilized, and clearly articulate the detailed long term impact on business growth. 
  • Eligible expenses are payroll, inventory, fixed cost (rent, equipment, lease, etc.), and other day to day expenses.
  • Preference will be given to projects with the highest propensity for job creation.
  • The business will need to submit proof of their organizational structure and a recent financial statement.
  • Failure to provide this information will result in the application being disqualified.

One of the grants will be in the amount of $25,000 or $50,000 each month, to help a business grow. 

The second grant will be in the amount of $10,000 to help a business get started.


Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Forming a Business
  • Lease Review
  • Patent Seminars
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance


  • One-on-One Counseling

Starting a Business

  • Startup Business Counseling


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Human Resources Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
Primary ContactKaris Harrington
Address5008 Prospect
Kansas City, MO 64130
Phone(816) 766-7860