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

Grind + Growth

Grind + Growth is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit economic development organization dedicated to creating small business ownership opportunities for all minorities, to contribute to the growth and success of small businesses and the development of the marketplace in the communities we serve.


Grind + Growth is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that empowers, educates and inspires people in underserved communities throughout the St. Louis and Illinois region, to become financially empowered through financial literacy and business ownership.  

Our mission is to minimize income inequality, provide life changing programs, and increase financial awareness and financial literacy by delivering vital services focused on business education, financial literacy and leadership. We are now offering a coworking and collaborative space, that will help us extend our reach in the community and provide vital services to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners.  This coworking and collaborative space will also be the headquarters of Grind + Growth! 

Our services include three programs: The New Venture Business Development program, that teaches aspiring entrepreneurs how to start, run and successfully manage a new venture.  Operation CEO teaches children and youth ages 8-18 the power of entrepreneurship and our Business Trainings and Resources, that we provide free to the community.  Our passion is creating successful business owners and a financially empowered community.

Grind + Growth is the first black-owned co-working space in the Tower Grove Heights neighborhood and the 2nd black-owned co-working space in St. Louis, MO.  Our co-working space is a 2,800 sq ft incubator space that caters to underserved entrepreneurs and business owners.  Our mission is to give these business owners and entrepreneurs more of a level playing field with easier access to strong professional networks, capital, and business education.  This is a creative space for entrepreneurs to be able to execute their visions comfortably and to help them reach their full potential.  This space will create an innovative environment for entrepreneurs to support each other, have a physical place to launch their ideas and to find community.


Business Planning

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

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education


  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Website Development


  • Peer Mentoring

Networking Organizations

  • Small Business/General

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

  • Coworking Space
  • Office Space

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Website Development


  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactValerie Liddell
Address3801 Connecticut Street
Saint Louis, MO 63116
Phone(314) 553-9841