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

Summit Technology Academy

Summit Technology Academy has been recognized in the national spotlight as an innovative model to prepare juniors and seniors in high school for high wage, high demand, professional careers.


Summit Technology Academy (STA) is an innovative, national model that revolutionizes the way juniors and seniors in high school prepare for high wage, high demand, professional careers. For instance, one of STA’s signature programs called Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) offers the country’s most accelerated degree path of its kind.  MIC is a unique collaboration between STA, Metropolitan Community Colleges, and University of Central Missouri, which allows students to begin a bachelor’s degree as a junior in high school with three years paid work experience in a high demand career field, bridging the gap between skills and KC workforce demands.

In fact, STA programs have been recognized by President Obama, Governor Nixon, and many other government and business leaders for its ability to provide rigorous programs of study that blend classroom instruction with real-world, hands-on experiences with over 200 business and industry partners. STA was also honored as an exemplar school in 2016 by The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) for STA’s exemplary 21st century and innovative learning practices in preparing students for success in college, career and life. STA is the first secondary school in Missouri to earn this very prestigious distinction. Many schools, businesses, and organizations from the U.S. and from around the world visit STA each year.

STA programs follow a national curriculum model used in industry such as the Cisco Networking Academy and PLTW.  All STA courses are aligned to a college-level curriculum and many STA programs also offer industry recognized credentials.


Business Planning

  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets

Import and Export Assistance

  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Import/Export Certification and Licensing
  • Locating Foreign Distributors
  • Trade Education and Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

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

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

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space

Regulatory Compliance

  • International Regulatory Compliance


  • International Trade Training
  • Trade Education and Training
Primary ContactJeremy Bonnesen
Address777 NW Blue Parkway
Lees Summit, MO 64086
Phone(816) 986-3417
Fax(816) 986-3435