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.
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Business Incubators in Missouri

Business incubators help new and startup companies launch and grow by providing space and services. Because they often house more than one startup at a time, they provide opportunities to share resources and learn from other businesses.  

Incubators, like accelerators, often have a competitive interview process that allows them to determine whether a startup is a good fit for their services. However, unlike an accelerator, graduation is not fixed in a short span of three to sixth months. Incubators will often assess the performance and progress of their client companies to ensure that they are reaching desired milestones. And so, graduation, or an exit from an incubator, can either be based upon the achievement of those goals or a stipulated period of time.

Typically, those client startups will remain in an incubator for one to three years, but this may differ from incubator to incubator, based on a number of factors, such as type of industry, the entrepreneur’s knowledge and skill set levels, access to resources, geographic location, etc. To remain sustainable, incubators often charge program fees or membership dues.

Forbes has even declared incubators and other entrepreneurial hubs as more vital to the success of a startup than business school. Yet, many are unaware of the indispensable resources offered by these entrepreneurship centers or even which model would best suit their startup or community.

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Who offers incubator space in Missouri?

The list below includes the many business incubators available in Missouri. Also check out technology incubators and wet labs.  

Black Economic Union of Greater Kansas City

BEU is a not-for-profit Community Development Corporation located in the historic Lincoln building at 18th and Vine Kansas City MO. BEU, originated by Jim Brown and Curtis McClinton, helped to pioneer the Community Development movement. BEU is one of the oldest economic development corporation's in the country.

Bloch Venture Hub

3 Levels with 3 purposes - an ideation lab to help entrepreneurs refine, and plan startups; an incubator to launch and aid new ventures with mentoring, education, and other critical resources; and an accelerator to scale and grow young businesses.

Bunker Labs Kansas City

Bunker Labs Kansas City is part of a national network of veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs dedicated to helping the military connected community start their own business.

Campus Coworking Space

Campus Coworking Space is an entrepreneurial and professional community open to everyone who wants to get their work done in a supportive environment. Offering education and networking events, meeting and office space, and access to fellow doers, dreamers and makers in Jefferson City.

Capital Innovators

Capital Innovators provides innovation consulting, entrepreneurial-based programs, and acts as a liaison between corporations and startups. It manages venture funds focused on technology, consumer products, and energy technology and sources the most cutting-edge startups from around the globe for investment and assists in scaling its companies to success. Capital Innovators has also created a world-class Accelerator program that has been ranked as one of the top Accelerators for the last 5 years. Capital Innovators has invested in over 120 companies, which have gone on to raise over $330MM in follow-on funding and have created over 1,100 jobs.

Center for Emerging Technologies (CET)

The Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) provides specialized facilities and business, technology and financing services to early-stage medical (diagnostics, therapies, instrument and devices) and other advanced technology companies.

Chesterfield Department of Planning and Development Services

The Department of Planning and Development Services at the City of Chesterfield is a resource for local entrepreneurs to help grow and expand their businesses.


Codefi provides startup entrepreneurs and emerging innovative companies with tech-powered, flexible enterprise space, while serving the area with innovative technology education programs and an inspiring community.

Crowder College Training & Development Solutions (TDS)

Training & Development Solutions offers customized training for area businesses.

Economic Development Corporation (EDC) - Kansas City, MO

The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is a not-for-profit organization with a staff of apx. 30 people that is the City of KCMO's primary development organization & provides assistance to new and expanding businesses already located in Kansas City, Missouri, or those considering a Kansas City location. In addition, the EDC administers the City's TIF program, LCRA, and Enhanced Enterprise/Zone Works program.

ED Collabitat - University of Missouri-St. Louis

ED Collabitat is a state-of-the art education design center. We are reinventing professional learning (continuing education) experiences for practicing educators at all levels and in all settings. Our programs are built on the notion of professional creativity and intentional collaboration among individuals from diverse disciplines.


The efactory is an entrepreneurship center designed to assist startup and growth in new small businesses and continuing education and training in mature organizations.

Ennovation Center

The Ennovation Center business incubator provides the location and business development services for companies focused in Culinary and Business & Technology.

Helix Center Biotech Incubator

Helix Center Biotech Incubator located near the Danforth Plant Science Center offers 33,000-square-feet of office incubator space, wet and dry labs for early-stage plant and life sciences and bio technology companies.

Hispanic Economic Development Corporation

The Hispanic Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) is dedicated to improving the lives of Latinos within the greater Kansas City. HEDC achieves this through business development and economic and community wealth creation initiatives.

Innovation Stockyard

The Innovation Stockyard operates the Kit Bond Science and Technology Incubator on the campus of Missouri Western State University with a focus on economic and workforce development, and animal health and nutrition.

ITE: Innovative Technology Enterprises at UMSL

ITE at UMSL is a university incubator designed for community as well as university technologies. With office and laboratory space, ITE offers the ideal environment for chemistry, life science, nanotechnology and IT companies.

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation operates two small business development centers. The Joseph Newman Innovation Center and the Advanced Training and Tech Center offer co-working space and dedicated office space and business resources for regional start-ups.

Jordan Valley Innovation Center

The Jordan Valley Innovation Center (JVIC) operates under a mission of product development for corporate partners and providing interdisciplinary educational experience for students. JVIC is an industry-led, university supported research and development facility designed to accelerate commercialization of new technologies.

Joseph Newman Business and Technology Innovation Center

The Joseph Newman Innovation Center helps start business in technology other fields and supports existing business. NIC has modern office, light manufacturing and wet lab spaces available.

Missouri Innovation Center

Missouri Innovation Center supports the creation of new, high-growth ventures, particularly those with a technology component. This is accomplished by leveraging research and innovation by and with the University of Missouri for the benefit of the region and the State.

Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center

The Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center facilitates innovation-based economic growth in Northeast Missouri. MREIC provides support to entrepreneurs through one-on-one assistance and links to important resources.

Missouri S&T Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (TTED)

The Missouri S&T Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (TTED) provides support to S&T faculty, students and researchers to provide IP protection, identify licensees and commercialize university inventions, assisting them to convert their innovative ideas into products, technologies, and services that can benefit society.

Missouri SBDC at Northwest Missouri State University - St. Joseph Center

The SBDC offers confidential, one-on-one consulting to existing & emerging businesses as part of their agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Missouri SBDC at Missouri University of Science and Technology

The Missouri SBDC offers personalized and extensive services from knowledgeable and helpful professionals focused on your business success.

Missouri Student Unions - Entrepreneurial Program - University of Missouri -

The Missouri Student Unions Entrepreneurship Programs' goal is to promote student entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri. This program will help connect innovative students with a space to operate an original business idea.

Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council

Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council promotes the growth and development of minority businesses through B-to-B opportunities and government contracts.


Our programs and venture capital arm invests in early stage founders to create, grow and scale companies that are tackling the worlds most urgent problems.

Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

NECC strives to be a financially sound, well-managed business association that enhances the quality of life and economic competitiveness in the Historic, contemporary and multicultural district of KCMO.

Northwest Missouri State University Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurism

Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation on the Northwest Missouri State University campus provides innovative start up businesses identify resources and support networks.

NSF/S&T I-Corps Site Program

The I-Corps Site experience is a crash course for researchers, students (all levels), alumni and non-academics to encourage technical entrepreneurship by testing research, projects and ideas for their commercial potential.

Ozark Foothills Business Incubator

The Ozark Foothills Development Association owns and operates an industrial business incubator for new and expanding businesses - low cost rental space from 2300-5000 sqft.

Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI)

The Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) helps local entrepreneurs gain business skills, build relationships, get funded and grow successful businesses while providing a community of support for small business owners in the Ozarks.

Regional Economic Development Inc. - Columbia

Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI) is a private/public partnership of the City of Columbia, Boone County, the University of Missouri and local private businesses. REDI works to help attract, support and grow businesses in Columbia and Boone County.

Sling Health

Sling Health is a non-profit healthcare accelerator that provides resources, training, and mentorship to interdisciplinary teams to develop and commercialize solutions to clinical problems discovered by healthcare providers.

St. Charles County Economic Development Council

To serve businesses of all sizes, the EDC offers business financing programs, business counseling, tenant space at its nationally-recognized incubator facility, monthly business training seminars and recruitment/retention services.

St. Louis Development Corp.

The St. Louis Development Corp. offers programs and services to the small business owner.

St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership seeks to facilitate the development of long-term, diversified business and employment opportunities in St. Louis City and County and the St. Louis region.

St. Louis Fashion Fund

Saint Louis Fashion Fund is reclaiming the city's fashion roots. Together, we're supporting emerging designers, stimulating local interest in the industry and building awareness of global fashion trends. We're putting St. Louis back on the map as a fashion capital.

STL Foodworks

If you’re a culinarian in search of a commercial kitchen and a supportive community, you’ve found a home at STL Foodworks. Need more kitchen space that’s both affordable and state-of-the-art? Maybe your challenge has been finding a testing ground that’s equipped to catapult your breakthrough culinary ideas to the next level? Whether you’re a food truck operator, caterer, speciality food producer, restaurateur, or something totally different, we exist to make sure you have the professional space and resources you need to realize your dreams. The facility will be available when you need it – for as long as you need it – with flexible and convenient rental options. There’s no doubt the St. Louis region has a rich food and beverage scene – a tradition that’s elevated by your creativity, passion, and hard work. We’re proud to empower the St. Louis community and eager to help you build your business!

STL Partnership Business Center @Lemay

STLPartnership Business Center @ Lemay is a 21,000-square-foot business incubator featuring office, warehouse, and production space, and is the only St. Louis facility to offer retail space for start-up and early stage small- to mid-sized businesses.

STLPartnership Business Center @Wellston

STLPartnership Business Center @Wellston Grow your business & connect with community! Affordable office and warehouse space to make your business dream a reality.

Technology Development Center at Innovation Park

The Technology Development Center at MS&T provides office suites and shared office space for technology oriented tenants. The incubator also offers business building support.

The LearningForce

The LearningForce offers a diverse schedule of noncredit continuing education courses for personal enrichment, professional development and workforce training solutions for business, industry and the individual.

The Sewing Labs

The Sewing Labs is a non-profit community resource center providing classes and jobs training in sewing-related arts in the KC urban community. Our newest program, The Sewing Salon, will provide an unconventional entrepreneurial hub for marginalized and at-risk individuals to develop their sewing businesses.


A collaborative effort between several economic development agencies based in St. Louis, Missouri, T-REX is a nonprofit technology incubator, co-working space and innovation conference center, designed to attract talent, create jobs and build density in downtown St. Louis.

UMKC Entrepreneurship Scholars Program (E-Scholars)

UMKC’s entrepreneurship programs accelerate early startups from ideas to sustainable launch in a safe environment of learning, experimenting and mentoring.

UMSL Accelerate - University of Missouri-St. Louis

UMSL Accelerate is the innovation and entrepreneurial resource for students, faculty and the community. Our vision is to serve as a catalyst for developing our students, faculty and community to inspire entrepreneurship and innovation. Our mission is to foster a community of thought leaders by providing a vibrant ecosystem to Educate (curriculum), Innovate (co-curriculum), and Collaborate (community programming).

University Innovation Fellows

The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become leaders of change in higher education. Fellows are creating a global movement to ensure that all students gain the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge to compete in the economy of the future.

University of Missouri - College of Engineering

Established in 1849, Mizzou Engineering is home to eight ABET-accredited programs and aims to educate the next generation of engineering leaders and drive the charge in research and education in several multi-disciplinary fields.

University of Missouri-Kansas City--Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation is a projects-based course in which interdisciplinary teams of Law, MBA, Engineering and sometimes other students collaborate on the development of a business plan for a startup venture. The innovation the student teams work with are brought to the course by Project Providers who "pitch" their innovations to the students and faculty.

WomanSpace Rolla

The mission of WomanSpace Rolla is to provide a safe space for girls and women in the community to meet, learn, and grow, with a focus on arts, education and business.

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