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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Missouri Equity Funds

Small Business Investment Companies (SBIC)

Small Business Investment Companies (SBIC) are venture capital firms that receive loans from the Small Business Administration to make equity investments in small businesses. Venture capital firms do not have to be regulated, but must submit to regulation if they want to be an SBIC.

Venture Capital

Venture capital firms tend to be specialized in specific industries and tend to only invest in those industries. VCs want to invest money in companies that can realistically expect high rates of growth, 20% or more, for at least several years. They take partial ownership in the business, and therefore expect to have a say in how the business is operated.

The following are located in Missouri:


Advantage Capital Partners

Advantage Capital Partners strives to invest in small businesses and grow local economies. Through a combination of public-private partnerships, Advantage Capital provides access to flexible capital to facilitate growth for businesses.

Arsenal Capital Management

Our goal is to provide our investors with a superior investment return by identifying early capital opportunities within a fund structure that is transparent, focused and cost conscious. We are St. Louisians. We take pride in our region and strive to make it a better place to live and work. While we invest where the opportunities are best, we want to help local entrepreneurs build successful companies.

Ascension Ventures

Ascension Ventures is a strategic healthcare venture fund with more than $800 million in capital under management. Our limited partners are some of the most respected, values-driven nonprofit healthcare systems in the US.


BioGenerator, the investment arm of BioSTL creates and grows innovative companies through investment and comprehensive startup support for innovative companies that are solving important problems in healthcare and agriculture.

C3 Capital

C3 Capital is a fund management company based in Kansas City, though the fund’s investment criteria requires existing profitability.

Capital for Business, Inc.

Capital for business is a national private investment firm focused on providing capital to middle-market businesses with proven management teams and a high potential for growth.

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.

Cultivation Capital

Cultivation capital is a venture capital firm investing in technology, life science and agriculture companies


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

Evergy Ventures

At Evergy Ventures, our door is always open to innovative and progressive companies within the energy value chain. Our strongest partnerships come from growth equity investments in revenue-generating businesses that are primed for expansion and could benefit from a well-capitalized strategic partner with deep industry knowledge.

Firebrand Ventures

Firebrand Ventures is a new kind of Midwest venture fund. We combine a strong brand, vast network, and deep experience with startup hustle to invest in exceptional early stage software startups.

Five Elms Capital

Five Elms Capital is a global growth equity firm that invests in fast-growing B2B software businesses that users love.

Holy Rosary Credit Union

Our members are not only members of a financial institution, they are members of the HRCU family. We seek not only to provide financial services, but to empower our members to be in control of their finances. We do this by overcoming language barriers, offering opportunities for education, and creating a mutual trust between our staff and our members.


InvestMidwest highlights startups that are seeking to commercialize innovations that will help grow a healthy, secure, and sustainable future for all are invited to apply to present.

iSelect Fund

iSelect is an early stage venture firm which invests in companies that are addressing critical global issues, in large markets, and with financially attractive business models.

KCRise Fund

KCRise Fund is a Kansas City-based venture capital firm which invests in Seed and Series A stage technology companies located in the western half of Missouri and state of Kansas.

Leanlab Education

LEANLAB Education is an organization that builds communities and launches transformational innovations into K12 schools.

Lewis & Clark AgriFood

As a late-stage, growth equity-focused fund, we arrive in the sweet spot between seed/early-stage and the buyout phase, minimizing risk and maximizing value. We work with exceptional entrepreneurs to help scale their business with capital and resources.

Lewis & Clark Ventures

Lewis & Clark Ventures is a St. Louis-based multi-sector venture capital firm.

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 Technology Corporation (MTC)

MTC is a public-private partnership created by the Missouri General Assembly to promote entrepreneurship and foster the growth of new and emerging high-tech companies through commercialization programs, innovation centers and innovating funding programs.

Prolog Ventures

Prolog provides venture capital for high-growth, revenue-stage companies focused on consumer health and wellness products

RiverVest Venture Partners

RiverVest Venture Partners is a venture capital firm focused on identifying and shaping early stage life science companies to create significant shareholder value. With hands-on, high-level expertise and financial resources, RiverVest supports entrepreneurs by helping them achieve near-term objectives that position their companies for exit. For more information, please visit

Sage Capital LLC

Sage Capital is a private equity firm providing long-term capital and expertise for small and middle market businesses in North America. The firm aims to invest in excellent companies and partner with management teams or existing owners. We make both control and minority investments, and we provide capital for growth, acquisitions and recapitalizations alike.


Scale is an early-stage venture capital fund and studio, investing social and monetary capital in early-stage startups.

TechAccel, LLC

TechAccel is a venture development and technology organization that invests across the agriculture, animal health, and food science industries. They work with startups, universities, and corporate partners to fund and advance new discoveries to market.

TGP Investments

TGP Capital Partners is a Kansas City based private equity investment fund formed to make middle-market investments in well-managed, profitable, and growing companies.

The Yield Lab

The Yield Lab is focused on bridging the gap between innovation and fruition of new AgTech by supporting early stage companies. We provide support for within the solid framework of organizations and businesses from the St. Louis area.

Thompson Street Capital Partners

Thompson Street Capital Partners is a St. Louis-based private equity firm focused on investing in founder-led middle market businesses. We have acquired more than 100 companies in the business services, healthcare services and engineered products sectors and have managed more than $1.5 billion in equity across our four funds.

Tradebot Ventures, Inc.

We seek opportunities strategically aligned with our current business and investments.

Visionary Private Equity Group

Visionary Private Equity Group (VPEG) invests in early stage, high growth companies that have strong management teams and the potential for significant upside.

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