Who We Are and What We Do

From whiteboard to boardroom, the UMKC Innovation Center partners with the university and the community to spark entrepreneurial efforts within our region and across the country.

With a suite of high-impact programs, the Innovation Center helps emerging and existing business owners, whether they are students, faculty or community-based, hone their business basics, evaluate commercialization opportunities and connect with the right resources at the right time.

Specializing in technology commercialization, the Innovation Center delivers just-in-time education, counseling and access to resources to aspiring and existing business owners resulting in increased jobs for the communities it serves.

Our depth of business management expertise and community connections coupled with our outstanding customer service and ability to move at the speed of business makes the UMKC Innovation Center the “go-to” place for aspiring and existing business owners. We offer a highly identifiable, reliable source for credible business startup and growth information and education. Any member of the community, be they university or lifelong learners, can use that information for immediate application.

Our Programs

Digital Sandbox

Digital Sandbox KC provides proof of concept funding and offers a central connection point for large businesses, emerging enterprises and entrepreneurs to jointly develop new products and services.


KCSourceLink connects aspiring, emerging and existing business owners to a network of more than 230 nonprofit, government and educational resource partners in the Kansas City region that offer business-building services.

Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance (PTAC)

Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center helps local businesses gain millions of dollars in government contracts each year through training, one-on-one consulting and a special bid-matching system.

MOSourceLink - Connecting Missouri Entrepreneurs to Business-Building Resources


MOSourceLink was created in 2008 to help startup entrepreneurs and small businesses across Missouri gather information, support and resources to grow and succeed.

ScaleUP! Kansas City | Coaching for Growing KC Businesses

ScaleUP! Kansas City

ScaleUP! Kansas City fills a gap in the Kansas City entrepreneurial ecosystem to support businesses, including underserved and underrepresented communities/populations, that have significant revenues but require support and expertise to rise to the next level.  

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Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Our SBDC provides technical assistance to start-up and existing businesses through one-on-one consulting and training. Specializes in technology commercialization, economic gardening, international trade and second-stage businesses.


SourceLink® helps communities transform fragmented entrepreneurial and economic development initiatives into a vibrant and vital entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Whiteboard2Boardroom - Connecting Ideas to Entrepreneurs


Whiteboard2Boardroom is a partnership among 22 regional research institutions created to explore and develop a technology commercialization process that maximizes the ability of institutions to create spin-outs.