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

Inventors Center of Kansas City

ICKC provides education and encouragement to help inventors of all ages bring their ideas to market. We focus attention on ideation, market-sizing, market validation, prototyping, intellectual property protection, benefits visualization, licensing, and manufacturing.


The Inventors Center of Kansas City (ICKC) is a nonprofit organization with more than 1,000 members and a monthly meeting attendance of 50 to 80 people. ICKC provides a learning forum for inventor/entrepreneurs and those in allied fields, benefiting all involved.  Our purpose is to provide innovative education and support that will stimulate members to guide their ides through the idea development process from validation, evaluation, competitive analysis, business planning, funding, prototyping, patenting, marketing, distribution and licensing.


We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month except for November (2nd Tuesday) and December (No Meeting). Our meetings begin promptly at 6:30 in the Arthur Stilwell Room at Union Station. There's plenty of free parking out front. Ignore the meters after business hours. Walk in and take the escalator downstairs. Walk to the right to find another escalator going down another flight. You've arrived! Now, buckle in for a presentation from (typically) two inventors or someone imparting information that is critical for inventors to know. Afterwords, there is an opportunity for YOU to get the specific information, connection or advice that you are needing to move your invention forward. Our group is relaxed, resourceful and is recognized as one of the best inventor clubs in the nation. Lucky you.


Business Planning

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development

Legal Services

  • Patent Seminars
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • Manufacturing Development


  • Peer Mentoring

Networking Organizations

  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General

Product Development

  • Patent Information
  • Product Assembly and Packaging
  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development

Regulatory Compliance

  • Patent Information
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
Primary ContactEric Strautman
AddressUnion Station - Arthur Stilwell Room
30 West Pershing
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone(816) 797-9946