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

Great Plains Technology & Manufacturing Cluster

The Great Plains Technology & Manufacturing Cluster assists manufacturers and technology entrepreneurs in making the critical connections to innovation resources required to protect, develop, launch and grow new products and businesses.


The Great Plains Technology and Manufacturing Cluster (Great Plains TMC) was established to assist manufacturing and technology development companies in accessing resources to drive innovation, expand markets, solve problems and help grow the region's prosperity. It is among a portfolio of Regional Innovation Cluster (RIC) initiatives sponsored by the Small Business Administration (SBA). 

In addition to providing technical and business assistance services to individual entrepreneurs and manufacturing companies, the Great Plains TMC identifies shared issues and develops innovative solutions that benefit multiple companies simultaneously. 

Through the building of public-private partnerships the Great Plains TMC serves as an information and networking hub to promote business formation and expansion while fostering innovation, commercialization, business acceleration, mentorship and workforce development. 


Business Planning

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Human Resources

  • Workforce Incentives

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • High Tech Development
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Manufacturing Development
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Technology Transfer


  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Research
  • Website Development


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking Organizations

  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General

Product Development

  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Technology Transfer
  • Website Development


  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
Primary ContactCourtney Swanson
Address510 McCall Rd
Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone(785) 532-1249