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

Black & Veatch MakerSpace at Johnson County Library

The Black & Veatch MakerSpace at Johnson County Library is an exploratorium of technologic contraptions for innovators, creatives and tinkerers! We help patrons learn to use new equipment and software, troubleshoot technologies, find resources, and help to foster the maker movement. This is a free resource, no need for a library card, and we are open to the public.


At the Black & Veatch MakerSpace at Johnson County Library you can utilize our software and equipment for digital fabrication, prototyping, and iterating your designs. We have software for industrial design and engineering like Rhino and SolidWorks, and also have graphic editing software to create your logo or website or using the Adobe Creative Cloud. You can create your crowdfunding video using our Green Room and Sound Booth, and edit your video using Final Cut Pro, After Effects or Premiere Pro. Create signage or door graphics for your small business using our Vinyl Cutter, Laser Cutters, or CNC machine. Make a reservation for free at 


Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • Manufacturing Development


  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Market Research

Office, Incubator, Accelerator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking space
  • Maker Space

Product Development

  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
Primary ContactNick Ward-Bopp
Address9875 W. 87th St.
Overland Park, KS 66212
Phone(913) 826-4600