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

RiverVest Venture Partners

RiverVest Venture Partners is a venture capital firm focused on identifying and shaping early stage life science companies to create significant shareholder value. With hands-on, high-level expertise and financial resources, RiverVest supports entrepreneurs by helping them achieve near-term objectives that position their companies for exit. For more information, please visit


RiverVest Venture Partners® focuses exclusively on innovations in life sciences, a field in which our team has significant research, clinical, operational and investment expertise.

Our team’s deep domain experience allows us to identify, promising investment opportunities, particularly in biopharmaceuticals and medical devices. We provide practical advice and strategic leadership to help entrepreneurs drive early-stage companies forward.

RiverVest founds and actively incubates life science companies, including through its Archer Seed Fund.  The Firm also invests in select later-stage opportunities to diversify risk and maximize portfolio returns. In every case, we take a hands-on investment approach, preferring to be represented on the boards of our portfolio companies.

• Established in 2000
• $342 million assets under management
• 39 life science companies funded
• Nine companies founded leading to four acquisitions
• 20 exits
• 20 commercial medical products currently treating patients


Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Venture Capital Equity Providers
Primary ContactSt. Louis Office
Address101 S. Hanley Rd.
Suite 1850
Saint Louis, MO 63105
Phone(314) 726-6700