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

Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship at the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, Saint Louis University

The goal of Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship is to help entrepreneurs combine their business passion with the planning skills taught in a world-class institution, to produce high-performing organizations. Our mission is: to deliver and develop world-class entrepreneurship education for all.


Started in 1987, the Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship is the 23rd such center to be established in the United States. Our Center is known for its innovative approach to entrepreneurship.

The Center has been a national leader in developing and delivering innovative programs to promote entrepreneurship through education. Our nationally-ranked programs promote economic growth by encompassing “Passion. Compassion. Planning. Performance.”

The Center’s programs are based upon partnerships between the Center and interested members of the community. Entrepreneurs and those who support entrepreneurship have contributed their time, insights, and financial supports to help the Center deliver an unprecedented range and quality of programs.

The Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship is always eager to meet with individuals and organizations that share our vision of building a region of entrepreneurs and have interest in forming relationships to help make that happen.

The excellence of the Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship is tied to the tireless efforts of dedicated volunteers who help connect the Center to the community through delivering and expanding the diverse offerings of the Center. These include members of our Advisory Board, and also, more than 100 volunteers annually who work on our competitions, classes, and other programs to help build a region of entrepreneurs.


Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast
  • Revitalization

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Networking Organizations

  • Industry Specific

Nonprofit Development

  • Strategic Planning

Public Policy and Government Relations

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

Starting a Business

  • Feasibility Studies


  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactLewis Sheats
AddressSaint Louis, MO 63108
Phone(314) 977-3850