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


BioGenerator supports individuals considering or seeking funding for plant or bioscience companies in the St. Louis metro region. We provide business and technical advice and support, early-stage capital, and access to shared lab space & equipment.


BioGenerator is a non-profit St. Louis-based philanthropic venture fund focused on investments in plant and bio sciences in the St. Louis region. It works closely with university technology transfer offices, researchers, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and the investment community to identify promising plant and bioscience technologies with sufficient potential to form a start-up company. BioGenerator provides guidance and advice to university faculty or entrepreneurs about the commercialization process, and works with entrepreneur/inventors to help formulate investable business plans. At pre-investment stages, BioGenerator provides customized business coaching and grants to de-risk promising commercial concepts. It also offers support at varying levels to companies pursuing commercial grants. BioGenerator also makes investments in the pre-seed, seed, bridge and A rounds ranging to support critical start-up and commercial proof-of-concept activities, as well as assistance in attracting side-by-side or follow-on funding. BioGenerator operates an Entrepreneur-in-Residence program and also its BioGenerator Labs, a pre-incubator facility with shared wet lab space, capital equipment, and office space provided at no cost to promising early-stage companies.


Business Planning

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

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Technology Grants

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • Life Sciences Development
  • Technology Transfer


  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking Organizations

  • Industry Specific

Office, Incubator, Accelerator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space

  • Wet Lab Incubator

Product Development

  • Prototype Development

Starting a Business

  • Startup Business Counseling

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
  • Technology Transfer
Primary ContactKamyla Tomiser
Address4340 Duncan Avenue
Suite 300
Saint Louis, MO 63110-1110
Phone(314) 615-6355
Fax(314) 615-6351