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 Legal Clinic (ELC) - University of Missouri

The Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic (ELC) provides legal assistance to take startups from concept to capitalization. Upper level law students work hands-on with businesses under the supervision of an experienced, licensed attorney.


The Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic (ELC)  provides legal assistance to take startups from concept to capitalization.

Clients range from local main street and microenterprise startups to complex and highly investible businesses. Clients include MU faculty, staff, students, and other Missouri entrepreneurs not associated with the University.

The ELC is a curricular offering, wherein upper level law students get hands-on experience under the supervision of an experienced, licensed attorney. In this sense, it is invaluable experience with live clients, similar to residencies in medical school.

The areas of law covered are numerous, including

  • entity selection/formation
  • intellectual property
  • contracts/transactions
  • employment
  • regulatory
  • tax
  • real estate
  • nonprofits
  • MBE/WBE/DBE (minority/women's/disadvantaged business enterprises)
  • e-commerce
  • terms of service/use and privacy policies
  • trademarks

The ELC's service are currently provided on a pro bono basis, with selected ELC clients paying only for their filing fees and other third party costs. The ELC is an experiential "clinic" at the University of Missouri School of Law.


Submit your client application online and receive a follow up regarding your legal needs and your acceptance into the program within 5-7 days. 


Business Planning

  • Forming a Business

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing an Existing Business

Economic and Site Development

  • Environmental Compliance
  • Lease Review
  • Revitalization

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Insurance Requirements

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Research Projects

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Forming a Business
  • Lease Review
  • Patent Seminars
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Management Issues

  • Insurance Requirements

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Technology Transfer


  • One-on-One Counseling

Nonprofit Development

  • Board Development
  • Organizational Audits
  • Technical Services

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

  • Lease Review

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • Hispanic Business
  • LGBT Business Issues
  • Missouri Business Issues
  • Native-American Business
  • Small Business Policy
  • Women's Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Bonding
  • Codes
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Government Requirements
  • Insurance Requirements
  • International Regulatory Compliance
  • Patent Information
  • Registration, licenses and permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Certification

Starting a Business

  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits

Tax Services

  • Tax Registration
Primary ContactDonald Seitz
AddressColumbia, MO 65211
Phone(573) 882-0316