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
Startup Missouri Expo

There's More! Startup Expo is Hosting Amazing Keynote Speakers

The Startup Missouri Expo, Startup Missouri’s inaugural entrepreneur conference, is almost here, so mark your calendar for Oct. 30, 2019.

Startup Missouri Expo, which is in Chesterfield, Missouri, for its inaugural year, is a free trade show designed to connect small business owners, serial entrepreneurs as well as young and aspiring startups with resources to help them develop, manage, maintain and improve their businesses.

The expo will focus on our state’s exciting and burgeoning startup community and innovative entrepreneurs who are changing the face of Missouri’s economy. There will not only be an exhibition, but also a day full of education panels, sessions and a competition for a cash prize.

It gets better.

An optional ticket add-on lets attendees experience the phenomenal keynote speakers during breakfast and lunch at the event! Tom Schlafly and Gary Wilbers will kick things off this year.

Tom Schlafly is the chair of the board of the Saint Louis Brewery LLC, which brews Schlafly Beer. In 1991, the brewery received the first microbrewery license issued by the state of Missouri. It was the first brewery of any size to open in St. Louis since before Prohibition. It is now the largest American-owned brewery in Missouri. Tom has written a book, “A New Religion in Mecca: Memoir of a Renegade Brewery in St. Louis” and will be signing copies for the first 100 of those to register for the breakfast.

Speaking during lunch is Gary Wilbers, who has been a successful entrepreneur his entire life. He now uses the knowledge he has gained through his experiences to help individuals and organizations ascend to their peak through coaching, training and speaking. He currently serves as chair of the Special Olympics Missouri Board of Directors and also served as the capital campaign chair for the Training for Life Campus fund drive, which funded the building of a state-of-the-art facility for Missouri athletes. Another bonus? Be the on the first 100 to register for the lunch with Gary and receive his book, “Positive Culture Wins,” for free.

Tickets are still available for the expo. Grab yours now, and we’ll see you there!


How can we help you?

Our team helps grow entrepreneurship in Missouri every day.

Connect with us!

Get insights, inspiration and events to help you start, grow and accelerate MO businesses.