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

Missouri Innovation Center

Missouri Innovation Center supports the creation of new, high-growth ventures, particularly those with a technology component. This is accomplished by leveraging research and innovation by and with the University of Missouri for the benefit of the region and the State.


The Missouri Innovation Center (MIC), a public, Missouri, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, was created in 1984 to assist with technology commercialization in mid-Missouri  Over the years, MIC has played a key role in the development of the infrastructure for innovation and technology-based economic development locally and state-wide. MIC’s central focus today is the creation of a cluster of high-technology companies in mid-Missouri. This is achieved by coaching area entrepreneurs, creating and incubating new technology companies, and attracting young technology ventures to the region.

Working closely with the University of Missouri, along with businesses and communities of the region, Missouri Innovation Center coordinated planning and fundraising for construction of a biomedical and technology business incubator in Columbia. Those efforts culminated in the opening of the 30,000sf MU Life Science Business Incubator in 2009.

Since opening the facility, MIC has set about the task of making the facility a vibrant home for startup ventures and a hub for entrepreneurship and economic development activities in the region. More than twenty ventures reside at the incubator, and we operate at close to the capacity of the currently built-out space.  Many of those companies have been formed around technology innovated at the University of Missouri.  In addition, new ventures have been attracted to the incubator and Columbia from North Carolina, England, Sweden, India, Israel, Jordan, and Australia.


Business Planning

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

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Valuation

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Tax Credits
  • Venture Capital Equity Providers

Legal Services

  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • High Tech Development
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Life Sciences Development
  • Science/Bioscience Seminars
  • Technology Transfer
  • Wet Lab Incubator


  • Market Research


  • One-on-One Counseling

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

  • Accelerators
  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Incubator Space
  • Office Equipment and Furniture
  • Office Space
  • Wet Lab Incubator

Product Development

  • Patent Information
  • Prototype Development

Regulatory Compliance

  • Patent Information
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Technology Transfer
Primary ContactQuinten Messbarger
Address1601 s providence rd
Columbia, MO 65203
Phone(573) 884-0496