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


Catalyst for Tech Innovation since 2008. ITEN provides programs for the rapid development of scalable tech innovation, engaging experienced entrepreneurs to help others build successful, growing companies.


ITEN delivers programs, services, and events that impact :  startups at all stages of development, support the acceleration of corporate innovation, and strengthen the local economy through the rapid development of scalable, tech companies.


We measure our impact in the following areas:

  • Innovation – patent applications and grants, and MVPs and commercial products launched
  • Economic impact – company formation, job creation, revenue, and funding
  • Corporate engagement – introductions to startups, best practices exchange, and community iniatives
  • Diversity & inclusion – engaging with under-represented/served populations
  • Ecosystem Leadership – facilitating connections between startups, corporations, and local agencies to foster innovation within the community

Our programs & services are designed to grow strong tech startups & foster corporate innovation:

EUREKA! - Self-guided modules for entrepreneurs to validate key components of their business:  product, sales, marketing & operations.  The modules also provide a framework for startups to collaborate with their mentor(s) in a productive and meaningful exchange.


Mentors & Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR):  access to over 60 mentors through our Mentor Match tool.  Mentors provide technical, functional, and industry expertise.  EIRs are aligned with startups in the Investor Readiness Program and work with our corporate innovation partners on special projects.


Investor Readiness Program:  startups who have completed EUREKA! may be considered for this program.  Designed to prepare startups for fund raising, it includes Mock Angel pitch sessions and due diligence preparedness.  Following completion of these modules, startups are introduced to potential investors and are eligible to receive service provider perks.


Corporate Innovation Program (CIP):  participants benefit from curated introductions to startups, participation in an annual best practices forum, access to entrepreneurial talent, involvement in Mock Angels, and community-based tech initiatives.




Business Planning

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

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Angel Investment Providers
  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Obtaining Government Funding

Legal Services

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

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Industry Specific Research/Expertise

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • High Tech Development
  • Technology Transfer


  • Competitive Analysis
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Website Development


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

Networking Organizations

  • Geographically Based

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

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space

Product Development

  • Patent Information
  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development

Regulatory Compliance

  • Patent Information
  • Registration, licenses and permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Starting a Business

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

Tax Services

  • Tax Credits

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
  • Technology Transfer
  • Website Development


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactMelissa Grizzle
Address911 Washington Avenue
Suite 722
Saint Louis, MO 63101