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

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV)

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans is a multi-phase program for post-9/11 veterans and a passion for launching new businesses. The results-based program is led by experts in the areas of disability employment and self-employment who present a tailored curriculum that reflects the unique needs, challenges and opportunities confronting veterans.


The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans model was first created at Syracuse University in 2007 and has since expanded to become the EBV Consortium. Today, prestigious member universities include Texas A&M, UCLA, the University of Connecticut, Louisiana State University, Florida State University, Cornell University, St. Joseph’s University and the University of Missouri.

This important program is privately funded and will be offered at no cost to participants. The EBV program represents a 14-month intervention and consists of three phases of training and support.

PHASE 1 begins with a 30-day, online course focused on the basic skills of entrepreneurship and the ‘language of business.’

PHASE 2 of the program is a 9-day residency at an EBV University, where the veterans are exposed to some of the most accomplished entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship educators from across the U.S. The residency includes more than 80 hours of instruction.

PHASE 3 of the program involves 12 months of support and mentorship, delivered through a robust, comprehensive network of mentors and national partnerships.


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Forming a Business
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based
  • Small Business/General

Starting a Business

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


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Human Resources Training
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactGreg Bier
Address1210C MU Student Center
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone(573) 882-9026