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

NSF/S&T I-Corps Site Program

The I-Corps Site experience is a crash course for researchers, students (all levels), alumni and non-academics to encourage technical entrepreneurship by testing research, projects and ideas for their commercial potential.


I-Corps is intended for teams working on early stage ideas. Previous business experience or having a fully functioning prototype is not required in order to apply for the program. You don’t even need to know if you want to be an entrepreneur. However, you do need one idea to test. Your idea might come from your research, studies, or a pet project. It might be a new product, an educational software,  an app, or a material to help treat cancer. The most important thing is that you have a willingness to learn, work hard, and try something new. Learn more about who can apply and team composition.

The I-Corps Site entrepreneurial education program is based on the I-Corps curriculum with experiential, collaborative learning and uses the Business Model Canvas with the Lean LaunchBoard methodology.

The program will be a catalyst and morale booster to create a critical mass of innovators and entrepreneurs to establish more technology hubs, increase the state economic base, and engage civic leaders and other stakeholders. It will be a bridge for collaboration with state wide economic development and startup communities.

The Site workshops are open to innovators and entrepreneurs across the State of Missouri, specifically:

  • University employees (faculty, post docs, staff and administration)
  • College/University students of all levels
  • Regional participants served by the Missouri SBTDC system

Teams will be selected after reviewing the online application. The program coordinator will notify you concerning acceptance and provide information on pre-work and resources used in the course.

The I-Corps program runs multiple cohorts throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. Cohort trainings are located at multiple locations across the state of Missouri.  A training program in the summer  may be offered depending on demand. A limited number of teams will be accepted into each cohort. Business experience is not required to apply, though teams are expected to have an early-stage idea, research, or technology that qualifies as a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) project.

Participants are not required to have previous experience in business or entrepreneurship in order to be accepted into the I-Corps Site program.


Business Planning

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

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Obtaining Government Funding
  • Technology Grants

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • High Tech Development
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Life Sciences Development
  • Technology Transfer


  • Competitive Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research


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

Product Development

  • Prototype Development

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City
  • Hispanic Business
  • LGBT Business Issues
  • Missouri Business Issues
  • Native-American Business
  • Small Business Policy
  • Women's Business Issues

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
  • Industrial Technology Research


  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactBonnie Bachman
AddressRolla, MO 65409