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


ITEN, the Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneur Network, supports entrepreneurs and innovation-led startups from idea stage through market validation and preparation for funding & growth.


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 & resources include:

Educational Events: ITEN offers both public and member-only events. 
Public events include 2nd Thursday @ Venture Café, STL Startup Week, Startup Connection, Vision inclusion symposium, and programs through the St. Louis Equity Entrepreneurship Collective.  For our community members we offer Founder2Founder, Investor and Elevator Pitch Practice, and other ad-hoc events.

The EUREKA Experience: Our newest program includes two components--Ideation (8 weeks) & Validation (12 weeks)--to take a founder from idea to product/market fit. Combining the LEANSTACK tools & playbooks, with ITEN mentors and student support, EUREKA build entrepreneurial mindsets and teaches scalable process that lead to traction and growth.

Corporate Innovation Program:  This program offers our corporate partners access to innovation products and educational sessions, workforce talent, and peer collaboration.  There are many ways for our partners and their team members to engage, such as:  mentoring, program participation, "first customer" experiences, workshop attendance, and as sponsors. 

Member Perks: Free and discounted services, worth over $60,000 annually, are available to ITEN member companies.


Business Planning

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

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Obtaining Equity Funding

Legal Services

  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Industry Specific Research/Expertise

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

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

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
  • 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
  • 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