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


Assist businesses in ownership transition, succession planning, business valuation, business sales and acquisitions. Provide guidance and counselling to potential buyers. Equally assist both sides by helping the parties negotiate a fair value to make a win-win deal and complete the purchase transaction. All services are offered free of charge.


RedTire stands for Redefine your retirement. RedTire uniquely acts as a matchmaker between business owners looking to exit and recently graduated students or experienced alumni from any Kansas Regents university or college who are interested in transitioning from one to the other. We aim to keep alive the businesses, the services and the jobs that they provide which are essential to the economy and society of KS communities. We start by seeking viable businesses with which are essential to the economy and then prepare an initial business valuation. The business is then marketed with complete confidentiality and anonymity to the owner. We review each replacement candidate to ensure that they are an excellent fit and are qualified to take over the specific business. Unlike a broker, we work with both parties and instead of setting a price point, we mediate between them to come to a fair value. To insure business success we ask that the retiring owner works out some equitable agreed upon transition/mentoring period with the new owner. After the purchase transaction is complete, we offer ongoing mentoring and counseling to both parties to help insure continued business viability and business growth. All services are provided at no cost and with complete confidentiality. 



Buying or Selling a Business

  • Purchasing an Existing Business
  • Valuation

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Obtaining Equity Funding


  • Formal Mentoring Programs

Networking Organizations

  • Small Business/General
Primary ContactDenton Zeeman
Address1654 Naismith Drive
Capitol Federal Hall- Suite 1030G
Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone(785) 864-1016
Fax(785) 864-5328