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

Ignite Entrepreneurial Program

Ignite is a partnership between Hannibal Regional Economic Development Council, the Small Business Development Center, and the Chamber of Commerce dedicated to creating an ecosystem that attracts, creates, supports, and accelerates new and existing businesses in Northeast Missouri.


Our mission is to develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports new and existing businesses in the Hannibal region by providing expert technical assistance, establishing entrepreneurial support networks, and connecting entrepreneurs with investors.

Ignite seeks to create an ecosystem that attracts, creates, supports, and accelerates new & existing businesses in the Hannibal region.

Three pillars: 

1) Entrepreneurship Support Networks
Our entrepreneurship support network includes a mentorship effort, where experienced businesspeople who understand entrepreneurship can share their experience and expertise with new entrepreneurs.

2) Expert Technical Assistance 
Starting or growing a business can be complicated. To help our entrepreneurs, Ignite provides expert advice from the Small Business Development Center on important topics like creating a business plan, testing business models, creating financial projections, and developing leadership and management skills to thrive as a business leader.

3) Investment Pitch Opportunities 
Through our investor events, Ignite connects great ideas with the fuel they need to thrive. These events connect high-performing entrepreneurs with a platform to present their ideas to investors. Our investor events act as networking events for entrepreneurs from all across Northeast Missouri. These events are designed to help generate public excitement for the innovative ideas being presented.

The Ignite Program is available to all citizens of the following Missouri counties: Clark, Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Ralls, Pike and Shelby.


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training


  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
Primary ContactChris Kempke
Address3817 McMasters Ave
Hannibal, MO 63401
Phone(573) 221-1033