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

UMKC Entrepreneurship Scholars Program (E-Scholars)

ENTREPRENEURSHIP SCHOLARS allows you to work alongside a peer group of entrepreneurs while you take your business from idea to launch. Learn from accomplished entrepreneurs from the Kansas City startup community as well as exceptional faculty. Leave with a plan for how to develop a scalable and sustainable venture, and get ready to bring your dream to life.



Entrepreneurship Scholars (E-Scholars) focuses on early-stage ventures. Most participants begin the program in the idea stage, seeking to launch; some have already begun building their companies and are looking to create a systematic growth plan.

Cohort Philosophy: Progress through the program with a diverse group of entrepreneurial peers made up of UMKC students as well as community members. Entrepreneurship should not be pursued without a network surrounding you, and your cohort will support you as you develop your idea, launch and scale.

Mentor Network: Gain access to the most extensive network of mentors in Kansas City. More than 150 highly successful business leaders, serial entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and founders of globally recognized companies serve as mentors in our program.



  • Formal Mentoring Programs

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

  • Incubator Space