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

Mizzou Venture Mentoring Service (VMS)

Mizzou VMS is a confidential educational & group mentoring program for the MU community. Relationships between mentors and aspiring entrepreneurs are established on the basis of each entrepreneur’s needs and the interests of the available mentors.


Are you an entrepreneur with an innovation who would like to benefit from the experiences and skills offered by our mentors?

Mizzou VMS is a confidential educational program and team consulting service exclusively for the Mizzou community. University of Missouri-affiliated entrepreneurs are eligible to become Mizzou VMS participants. Any up-and-coming ventures started by MU students, alumni, faculty, staff, licensees of the MU Technology Advancement Office and clients of the Missouri Innovation Center and Small Business Development Centers are eligible to participate. The relationships between mentors and aspiring entrepreneurs are established on the needs and preferences of each participant and the interests and expertise of the available mentors. The mission of Mizzou VMS is to create an entrepreneurial culture that will help Missouri and the greater Columbia region retain its best and brightest entrepreneurial minds.


Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization


  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
Primary ContactSherri Helm
Address1601 S. Providence
Columbia, MO 65203
Phone(573) 882-3087