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

KC Collective

KC Collective was developed by startup founders for startup founders. Through collective collaboration, we leverage our networks to provide introductions, mentorship, generous perks and discounts from our partners, and the education and resources necessary for driving your business forward.


KC Collective is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization launched in Spring 2019 by Kansas City area founders Bo Lais and Donald Hawkins, with the goal of leveraging their networks to help peer founders. The group's first meeting was held in March 2019 to conduct member discovery on pain points from Kansas City's entrepreneurial ecosystem. The feedback from this meeting along with the support of corporate, investor, and university partners across the Midwest, allowed KC Collective to provide entrepreneurs with community, education, mentorship, advocacy and over $1M in complimentary member benefits. 

KC Collective's mission is to aid entrepreneurs during what is statistically the most perilous part of the entrepreneurial journey - the Early Stage.  We thoughtfully connect each founder to the partners and resources they need to grow and strengthen their business. Together, we can fuel greater impact for Kansas City as a whole. 




Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Economic and Site Development

  • Tax Credits

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Angel Investment Providers
  • Loan Providers
  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Obtaining Government Funding
  • Tax Credits
  • Technology Grants
  • Venture Capital Equity Providers

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • High Tech Development


  • Website Development


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking Organizations

  • Small Business/General

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

  • Accelerator
  • Coworking space
  • Office Space

Product Development

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

Starting a Business

  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Tax Services

  • Tax Credits

Technical Assistance

  • Technology Transfer
  • Website Development


  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactDelvin Higginson