UMKC Innovation Center partners with the university and the community to spark and sustain entrepreneurial efforts within our region and across the country.

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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

Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO), the Innovation Center provides easy access to many services needed by start-up businesses such as business counseling, training, and access to US SBA programs and services.


The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Southeast Missouri State University Innovation Center offers entrepreneurial training, business development services, technical oversight and easy access to services needed by start-up entities in southeast Missouri.

The focus of the Center is to eliminate the wide gap in average per capita income in Southeast Missouri as compared with the state as a whole by assisting entrepreneurs in creating new businesses that will grow and produce quality, lasting employment opportunities to boost local economies.

The Center offers the LaunchU startup business program throughout the southeast part of Missouri. The classes provide a breadth of information and resources for those starting a company.


Business Planning

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

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Tax Credits

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Legal Services

  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization


  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Student Marketing Projects

Networking Organizations

  • Geographically Based
  • Small Business/General

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City
  • Hispanic Business
  • Small Business Policy
  • Women's Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Patent Information

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Price History
  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses
  • Subcontracting Opportunities

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactJakob Pallesen
Address1 University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone(573) 651-2929
Fax(573) 986-6885