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

Leanlab Education

LEANLAB Education is an organization that builds communities and launches transformational innovations into K12 schools.



The LEANLAB Theory of Change is the framework we use to achieve meaningful education innovation. The theory can be broken down into three distinct but interdependent parts and community is integral to all three parts functioning. We believe the key to effective education innovation is listening to the community; our Theory of Change is designed to involve the community and solicit their feedback at every step of the innovation process.



LEANLAB cultivates an innovation mindset and fosters community among all key stakeholders in education. We use monthly meetups to spark action oriented ideas for innovations and bring together parents, students, teachers, entrepreneurs, and education leaders. Our goal is to engage a diverse set of stakeholders and give them the tools to pinpoint specific problems and design innovative solutions. We believe the best solutions to the most complex problems facing education will come from those most impacted by these problems and we want to give them the resources to build viable solutions.



The next step in bridging the achievement gap is our focus on education innovators. We offer first-class, tactical training for aspiring innovators whether they’re at the idea-stage or already have a viable product. We use our Innovation Workshops and the K12 Fellowship to offer training and in-depth feedback for innovators.

Our weekend Innovation Workshops are held quarterly and serve as an introduction to lean methodologies and design thinking. Participants learn prototyping and testing; many go on to further develop their ideas in our fellowship.

The K12 Fellowship is an intensive, four-month program where founders will hone their ideas through mentorship and direct community feedback in order to create a prototype that will be tested in beta-site school in Kansas City, Missouri.



After four months of training, our fellows will have a viable prototype and will be ready to launch their innovation into an at-need beta-site school in Kansas City. The beta-sites are diligently chosen and align with appropriate innovations. We also provide our fellows with early seed-funding, and partnerships with later-stage incubators and funders to sustain their innovations. Results from the beta-sites are carefully measured and disseminated to fellows after the launch.


Business Planning

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

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Angel Investment Providers
  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Venture Capital Equity Providers


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

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific

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

  • Accelerators

Product Development

  • Product Design and Development

Starting a Business

  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactKatie Boody
Address3105 Gillham Rd.
Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone(913) 636-5918