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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.

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By Becky Brown
October 16, 2020

Apply for These 5 Opportunities to Scale Your Business in Missouri

Growing your business takes time, dedication and the right opportunities. Lucky for you, Missouri is chock full of people who want to improve your recipe for success.

Here are just a few programs that offer a variety of services – and have some HOT deadlines. Find the one that’s right for you and get that application cooking!


ITEN Catalyst for Tech Innovation offers education, events and mentorship to help launch new companies. The Eureka Experience is a special program that has an Ideation component. This free eight-week course tests business models and helps entrepreneurs build road maps.

Applications are due Oct. 18.

Pipeline Entrepreneurs

This yearlong fellowship is for high-performing entrepreneurs who live in the Midwest. Pipeline members have professional development opportunities and access to a nationwide network of experts. Applications for the 2021 fellowship class are due Oct. 21.

STL Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Accelerator Powered by UMSL Accelerate

This first-of-its-kind program boosts early-stage, scalable startups in the greater St. Louis area. Founders get guidance in an eight-week business development program, help from a student intern and access to subject matter experts. Oh, and a $50,000 cash award.

Applications are due Oct. 26. Learn more here.

Capital Innovators Accelerator Program

This accelerator helps tech startups get the funding, resources and connections they need. The program is often ranked as one of the top in the U.S. It provides $50,000 in seed funding, mentorship from C-suite execs and office space in St. Louis.

Applications for the Spring 2021 program are due Nov. 17.

Mizzou Venture Mentoring Service

This education program and consulting service is for entrepreneurs affiliated with the University of Missouri. If you’re an MU student, alum, faculty or staff or a client of the Missouri Innovation Center and Small Business Development Centers, this is for you! This service provides mentoring and help with feasibility studies.

Applications are ongoing.

Other options for your business

Not finding the right program for you? MOSourceLink is here to help.

Check out our Resource Navigator to search hundreds of programs and organizations that assist Missouri entrepreneurs.

Need a hand? Our Network Navigators can point you in the right direction – for free. Sign up for a time to meet virtually with us.

Or call 866-870-6500 or reach out today to get your (always free) Personal Action Plan that lays out the next steps for your business and which of Missouri’s 600+ Resource Partners can help.

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