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

Center for Experiential Learning

Washington University’s Olin Business School, the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) connects you with talented WashU students to consult on your business challenges and opportunities. These consulting projects are student-lead and faculty-advised.


If you are interested in learning more about how the CEL can support your work, please fill out this brief interest survey. A member of the WashU team will then be in touch to discuss the next steps. Please contact Clare Nowogrocki in the CEL at if you have any questions.

The CEL works with organizations ranging from startups and nonprofits to Fortune 50 firms and multinational corporations. 

Some of the CEL's programs include:

Taylor Community Consulting Program:
The Taylor Community Consulting Program (TCCP) pairs a teams of WashU students with local nonprofit organizations for consulting opportunities.

Your nonprofit may be eligible for TCCP if:

·         Your organization has IRS-approved 501c3 status

Small Business Initiative: 
SBI student teams, assembled based on your project needs, are passionate about creating social impact in the St. Louis area. Project areas are comprehensive and range from high-level strategy to detailed, in-depth analysis in key areas. 

You may be eligible for the Small Business Initiative if: 

·         Your business and customer base are in St. Louis

·         You employ fewer than 30 people 

·         You've been in business for more than two years


CEL Entrepreneurial Consulting Team (CELect):
The CELect program connects you with talented WashU students to consult on your early-stage business challenges. These consulting projects are focused on enterprises in the startup ecosystem. 

Your startup may be eligible for CELect if you: 

·         Are a St. Louis-based early stage company 

·         Have employees beyond the founders

·         Allow students to work directly with founders

·         Have outside funding 

Finance and Marketing Metrics Clinics

Students participating in the Finance and Marketing Metrics Clinics can provide strategic recommendations focused on your startup's financial and marketing challenges or opportunities.




Business Planning

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

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects


  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Research
  • Student Marketing Projects


  • Peer Mentoring

Nonprofit Development

  • Strategic Planning
Primary ContactClare Nowogrocki
AddressOne Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1133
Saint Louis, MO 63130
Phone(314) 935-2050