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

BRAND of St. Louis

At BRAND of St. Louis, we co-create, pilot, and fund innovation that promotes collaboration and equitable wealth-building.


The BRAND of St. Louis community engagement and entrepreneur support initiatives serve a network of over 1,700 change-makers, entrepreneurs, leaders, and organizations in the St. Louis metropolitan region. Since our founding in 2014, we have hosted dozens of workshops, focus groups, and community events focused on building brands and building networks to make an impact on existing economic disparities.

Our flagship program for entrepreneurs is the Startup League Rewards Program. The Startup League Rewards Program incentivizes entrepreneurs to stay focused on the journey to start and grow their small business by rewarding points for engaging in activities that will help them invest in their business growth. Points can be redeemed for up to $600 cash back each year to pay for business expenses like rent, supplies, loans, and travel! 

BRAND of St. Louis also provides access to capital to accelerate the development of innovative, collaborative solutions, including micro-loans for small businesses and mini-grants for collaborative grants.


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Grant Provider
  • Loan Providers
  • Obtaining Debt Funding


  • Market Plan Development and Training


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Small Business/General

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
Primary ContactPhillip Sangokoya
Address20 s. sarah street
St. Louis, MO 63108