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.  

Bridge Space

Bridge Space is the first coworking space and entrepreneur incubator in downtown Lee's Summit. We have private offices, programming to accelerate your business and plenty of space for coworking.

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.

Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce

The Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce is the principal voice of business, whose mission is to promote, develop and support its membership in order to foster a sustainable, prosperous business environment and a high quality, livable community.


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.

COMO Cooks

COMO Cooks increases entrepreneurial success by providing accessible, inclusive, and affordable kitchen space for starting and expanding local food- based businesses.

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a nonprofit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Research, education, and outreach aim to have an impact at the nexus of food security and the environment and position the St. Louis region as a world center for plant science.


The efactory is an entrepreneurship and innovation center with programs and services that assist companies throughout southwest Missouri.

Empire Market

The Empire Market is a growing food-centric public market. Open year-around, we offer vendor space, special events, office or studio space and an online vendor directory to help customers find you! Commercial kitchen for vendors is coming soon.

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.

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.

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 Technology 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 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.


MPWR STL is a collaborative and creative workspace, as well as an incubator for women in business.

Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission

The Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission facilitates the cooperative effort of its member municipalities and counties in the development of resources that aid economic growth.

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. (REDI) - 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.

Smart Space of Poplar Bluff

Smart Space is a co-working environment offering flexible, creative, tech-powered work space.

Square 1 Kirksville Business Incubator

Square 1 is a Business Incubator– a place where entrepreneurs and new or startup companies can meet, network, and collaborate among like - minded people. Square 1 is located on the lower level of the Economic Development Alliance building at 315 S. Franklin St. in Kirksville.

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.

The HUB business Incubator

The HUB Virtual Incubator offers formal and informal learning opportunities and connects entrepreneurs to local resources and related support services. Serving the entire Lake of the Ozarks region.

The Porter House KC

The Porter House KC is a inner city based co-working community who provides entrepreneurship access and resources to underserved populations in the Kansas City Metro area. Our mission is to be a bridge for underrepresented individuals that typically don't have access to the entrepreneurial dream.

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.

Urban Eats

Urban Eats is a neighborhood food incubator, shared kitchen, and marketplace in the City of St. Louis, Missouri.

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Want to know if there is a business incubator in your community? Head over to The Resource Navigator to customize your search by area of assistance (Office, Incubator, Accelerator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space) and then by specific need (Incubator Space)—or just give us a call at 866-870-6500 and we’ll make your Personal Action Plan of next-step resources for free.


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