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 Velocity

Our purpose is to provide high quality mentoring, events and leadership services to growth oriented companies, along with networking opportunities for entrepreneurs, to result in positive business activity and facilitate job creation in Lee’s Summit.


Velocity Lee's Summit is a non-profit organization, partially funded by the City of Lee’s Summit and chartered with the goal of driving entrepreneurship in the community.  Working closely with stakeholders (entrepreneurs, community partners, business leaders, and city government), the work of the Velocity Lee's Summit Board of Directors, as well as its volunteers through our events committee, has been focused on our stated purpose to create a business environment that fosters entrepreneurship in Lee’s Summit. To deliver on this vision and its component parts, our Board has sought to identify Lee’s Summit as a destination community with a healthy and vibrant entrepreneurial commitment. 

The focus of this effort has included identifying locations and facilities within the community where entrepreneurs can flourish.  Board members collaborate with Lee’s Summit entrepreneurial based co-working facilities, engage with our City’s existing business leader entrepreneurs, and develop working relationships with resource partners that specialize in developing and delivering impactful entrepreneurial programming.  In addition to regularly providing opportunities for networking and peer collaboration through highly relevant events, Velocity Lee's Summit seeks to partner with rapidly growing businesses by providing them essential support, resources and advocacy.


Business Planning

  • Forming a Business

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing an Existing Business

Economic and Site Development

  • Lease Review
  • Tax Credits

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Loan Providers
  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Obtaining Government Funding
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Tax Credits
  • Technology Grants
  • Venture Capital Equity Providers

Human Resources

  • Retention

Import and Export Assistance

  • Networking/Exploring Exporting

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Forming a Business
  • Lease Review
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development


  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Website Development


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

Networking Organizations

  • Geographically Based
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit Development

  • Accounting
  • Strategic Planning

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

  • Coworking space
  • Office Equipment and Furniture
  • Office Space

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Small Business Policy

Regulatory Compliance

  • Insurance Requirements
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • Registration Assistance

Starting a Business

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Classes

Tax Services

  • Tax Credits
  • Tax Preparation Assistance


  • Business Management Training
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Human Resources Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactKevin Fryer
Address210 SW Market St.
Suite 132
Lees Summit, MO 64063