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

STL Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Accelerator - UMSL Accelerate

The STL Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Accelerator Powered by UMSL Accelerate looks for the best and brightest, underrepresented entrepreneurs with creative solutions, technologies, and business models for improving inequities in the greater St. Louis region.


Applicant Eligibility: 

The most competitive applicants will be: 

  • For-profitof startups and small businesses, 
  • Focused on business models that are scalable and impactful,
  • Near- or post-revenue, and 
  • Based in the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area

Perks & Benefits for Winning Founders:

Winning founders will receive the following perks and benefits: 

  • $50,000 cash award, equity free for 6-8 founders,
  • 8-week exclusive, customized business development program, 
  • One lead mentor to serve as accountability coach,
  • Paid student intern for 20 hours a week during program, 
  • Access to 100,000+ person strong UMSL alumni database,
  • Assigned mentors who are subject matter experts for technical support and customer introductions
  • Various in-kind technology support and direct resources, 
  • Demo day to pitch businesses to St. Louis startup ecosystem for further support, 
  • Free dedicated work space during program,
  • 18 months of incubator space post-program. 

Responsibilities for Winning Founders: 

Winning founders will be responsible for the following: 

  • Completing their submission of initial application and subsequent due-diligence documentation; 
  • Participating in pitch competition, announcement event, and demo day;
  • Fully attending 8-week business development program; 
  • Submitting semi-annual reporting of business progress post-program;
  • Signing a founder commitment letter; and
  • Growing their company in Greater St. Louis. 


Applications will be open 10/6/20-10/26/20. 


Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Grant Provider

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program


  • Formal Mentoring Programs

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

  • Accelerators
Primary ContactMichael Kehoe
AddressSaint Louis, MO 63121