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


The Whiteboard to Boardroom project seeks to commercialize technology through a partnership of education, nonprofit and private sector organizations.


The Whiteboard to Boardroom (W2B) program provides a number of services to the regional entrepreneurial community. These include identification of CEO talent and mentors for new companies, access to innovations developed at regional academic institutions and research organizations, establishment of strategic partnerships and identification of sources of capital. W2B is a team effort that includes research partners who provide the new technologies; a technology transfer office that collects technologies from research partners and helps with initial assessment and intellectual property issues; entrepreneurs with a depth of expertise and experience in different research areas that utilize a variety of business models; W2B staff members that serve as "match-makers; " and service providers such as the SBTDC and KCSourceLink that assist with business connections to facilitate startup development. Led by the UMKC Innovation Center, a National Science Foundation Partnership for Innovation grant created the Whiteboard to Boardroom program as a partnership between four regional schools – UMKC, University of Kansas, Johnson County Community College and William Jewell College. It has since expanded to include 17 academic and research institutions in the bi-state region. If you are looking for an innovation to license into your existing company or want to form a new company based on an innovation, visit CEO Bullpen or contact Jim Baxendale at, (816)-235-6429.


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • High Tech Development
  • Life Sciences Development

Product Development

  • Patent Information
  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development
Primary ContactChristopher Rehkamp
Address4747 Troost Ave
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone(816) 235-6429