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

KCRise Fund

KCRise Fund is a venture capital co-investment fund designed to help bring more financing to early-stage businesses in the area.


Founded by Darcy Howe, KCRise Fund I launched in October of 2016 as an initiative of KC Rising, a long term vision for the greater Kansas City region to build capacity, bring existing businesses to scale, and fully realize the KC region’s potential. KCRise Fund is a co-investment fund which invests side-by-side with other institutional venture capital investors in early stage companies based in Kansas and western half of Missouri. The Fund targets high growth companies in this region seeking at least $1 million in capital. Our investors include corporations, family offices, and prominent business leaders in the region. In 2019, KCRise Fund II was launched, bringing total committed capital to over $40 million under management. 


Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Venture Capital Equity Providers
Primary ContactChad Feather