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

Joseph Newman Innovation Center

The Joseph Newman Innovation Center helps start business in technology other fields and supports existing business. NIC has modern office, light manufacturing and wet lab spaces available.


If you have an innovative idea and you want to start a new business, the Joseph Newman Innovation Center (NIC) has "Your Window of Opportunities."

The center was created to help you start your new business. It can also support an existing business that needs some special assistance. If needed, NIC has modern office, light manufacturing and wet lab spaces available for long or short term leasing. The lease includes many shared and professional services. Our services are not restricted to the centers tenants. NIC staff can assist any business, big or small, solve problems.

Regularly scheduled programs and seminars are designed to keep you informed on key business issues. Our partners, listed below, have expertise in financing, accounting, R&D, business management, HR, manufacturing, distribution, business expansion and dozens of other business related issues. The Newman Innovation Center is part of a larger network of support facilities located throughout Missouri. This network has years of experience in the fields of Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology and Life Sciences.

NIC has established partnerships with Missouri Southern State University, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Small Business Development Center, SCORE as well as four other Innovation Centers. These partners can assist you on all aspects of major business issues.



  • Peer Mentoring

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

  • Commercial Kitchen Facilities
  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking Space
  • Incubator Space
  • Office Equipment and Furniture
  • Office Space
Primary ContactLoni Smith
AddressJoplin, MO 64801
Phone(417) 624-4150