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 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing inventors and product developers access to networks, resources & tools to develop ideas into viable products.

We help first-time inventors bring their ideas to fruition, serving as a source of education and a guide to entrepreneurial success. We provide a learning forum for inventor/entrepreneurs and those in allied fields. We help guide inventors through the idea development process from validation, evaluation, competitive analysis, business planning, funding, prototyping, patenting, marketing, distribution and licensing.

We believe some of our country’s most valuable resources are:

  • new inventions,
  • new technology
  • the unique individuals that create them.

ICKC hosts a monthly inventor meet-up at The Kauffman Foundation Center, 4801 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO 64110. Meetings are currently being held online.

The Center is organized for the educational purpose of assisting inventors, innovators, entrepreneurs and small business to soar to success. As they become successful, it will benefit the Greater Kansas City Area and this great country.  


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
AddressThe Kauffman Foundation Center
4801 Rockhill Rd
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone(816) 797-9946