In 2011, the Kansas City community embarked on a journey to become America’s most entrepreneurial city. In addition to connectivity of resources, talent development and corporate engagement, three additional areas were identified as key drivers toward that goal:
- developing a pipeline of innovations from local universities and corporations
- growing the entrepreneurship talent base
- telling the story of entrepreneurs
>> Download the Kansas City Innovation Guide for the steps to take and resources that can advance KC high tech and fuel ideas that disrupt industries.
How is Kansas City accelerating homegrown innovations? By connecting early-stage ideas with the resources, funding and connections to help accelerate commercialization.
We know entrepreneurs are different, and we know that the ideas they generate require different resources. Innovation-led enterprises are businesses that use research and development to create an innovative product or process. The innovation typically involves intellectual property that contributes to a strong competitive advantage in the marketplace and serves as a foundation for a high rate of growth.
These high-growth, innovation-led businesses move fast—and need resources that can keep up.
Often formed around life sciences or technology innovations, these enterprises can require significant funding and specialized facilities. Owners are willing to offer equity to investors to secure the financial resources they need to grow. These businesses may cluster around research institutions and universities as technology is transferred from research labs into the marketplace.
Enter Whiteboard2Boardroom as the first stop on the path from concept to feasibility. A program of the UMKC Innovation Center, W2B curates innovations from 21 research institutions, hospitals and corporations across Kansas and Missouri, helping move technology out of research labs and into the marketplace. W2B provides a very early look at the kinds of innovations on their way toward commercialization in the Kansas City metro.
Whether they start in the lab, basement or kitchen or as a sketch on a napkin, all KC innovations benefit from a strong pipeline of partners that help accelerate ideas to market.
Partners in the KCSourceLink network like the Inventors Center of Kansas City, GotDevKC and the ELEVATIONLAB at the Small Business Development Center at UMKC step in to help lift and accelerate homegrown innovations, helping makers and innovators test feasibility, define markets, develop prototypes, find mentors and more.
>> Download the Innovation Guide, engineered just for KC innovators, or see all the resources at every step of an entrepreneur's journey with the KCSourceLink Resource Rail.
Digital Sandbox KC plays yet another key role in the innovation pipeline, providing a critical step and just-in-time project funding to turn viable ideas into scalable innovations. The numbers are just part of the story. These companies and innovations are revolutionizing industries, changing lives and helping put Kansas City on the path to becoming the most entrepreneurial city in America.
Ready to innovate and accelerate?
From inception to exit, from proof-of-concept to expansion, Kansas City has a wealth of resources that are ready to help you take your next step toward your next milestone. Download one of the guides below to see what's available, or reach out to KCSourceLink at 816-235-6500, firstname.lastname@example.org or via kcsourcelink.com/myplan to get your Personal Action Plan.