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


Originates micro-enterprise loans through its U.S. Small Business Administration Micro-Loan Intermediary Program.


COVID-19 Assistance:

  • Processing PPP loan applications
  • Offering reduced monthly payments on outstanding small business and consumer loans for the next 6 months.
  • Offering deferments on loans originated from specific loan funds for the next 6 months.
  • Offering workout payment plans for SBA Community Advantage and USDA loans.
  • Waiving late payment fees for the months of April and May.
  • Reducing the interest rate for new SBA microloans originating in April and May to 6%
  • Connecting borrowers to seasoned professionals for pro-bono technical assistance. 
  • Offering unabated support, attention and stewardship to each and every client. 


"Wisdom Fund"

  • The $1 Million fund will exclusively serve businesses owned by women of color and women-owned businesses located in low-income communities. 

Justine PETERSEN provides comprehensive micro-enterprise lending and training: 

  • One-on-one counseling and technical assistance

  • Credit building strategies. Justine PETERSEN believes that strong personal financial stability supports sound business financial management and therefore, all counseling begins with a review of personal credit history.

  • FDIC Money Smart Curriculum

  • Justine PETERSEN has developed a business plan questionnaire to assist clients through the business planning process. Many PETERSEN clients have existing informal businesses, but do not have written business plans. Justine PETERSEN assists clients to transition from informal to formal micro-enterprises. 

  • Micro-loan origination 

  • Post-loan technical assistance for those that struggle to meet their business plan benchmarks and for those that are expanding their businesses.


Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Loan Providers
  • Obtaining Debt Funding


  • One-on-One Counseling

Starting a Business

  • Startup Business Counseling

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
Primary ContactGalen Gondolfi
Address1023 N Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63106
Phone(314) 533-2411 x132
Fax(314) 533-2488