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

1 Million Cups

A Kauffman Labs program striving to engage entrepreneurs through a weekly educational and networking program.


Each week, 1 Million Cups offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of approximately 250 potential partners, mentors and investors. Presenters prepare a six-minute educational presentation and engage in 20 minutes of feedback and questioning after they present. Entrepreneurs gain insight into possible ways they can improve their businesses, gather real-time feedback, connect with a community that truly cares about their progress and walk away feeling like they have advanced their business.

It is always FREE to attend. The audience also learns a great deal from the presentations. Whether through passively listening or deeply engaging with the entrepreneurs, there is much to learn every week from these dynamic and diverse communities.

Founded in April 2012, 1 Million Cups has been replicated across the country, with more than 30 cities hosting weekly events as of early 2014.


Columbia: RSVP to Attend      Apply to Present

Kansas City: RSVP to Attend      Apply to Present

Springfield: RSVP to Attend     Apply to Present

St. Louis: RSVP to Attend      Apply to Present

Jefferson City: RSVP to Attend     Apply to Present

Joplin: RSVP to Attend     Apply to Present



  • Peer Mentoring

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Home Based
  • Industry Specific
  • International Trade
  • Small Business/General