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


Scale is an accelerator fund and venture studio, investing social and monetary capital in early-stage startups.


Scale is an accelerator fund and venture studio, investing in founders first and accelerating access to networks, knowledge, and resources. To date, Scale has invested in 21 companies across a broad array of sectors. Scale's team has built numerous companies -- including a multi-billion dollar tech company, raised four venture capital funds, raised over $3B in debt and equity, and invested alongside top venture capital funds (e.g., a16z, Sequoia, etc.). Scale's team is taking its deep operating and investing experience to empower talented founders with knowledge, capital, and network effects to build category-defining companies. Scale' Model: Invest in builders who are maniacally passionate about tackling a multi-billion dollar problem, and then give them white-glove support & resources from operators who have built billion-dollar companies.



Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Angel Investment Providers
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Venture Capital Equity Providers

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization


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


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

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

  • Accelerators

Product Development

  • Product Design and Development


  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Human Resources Training
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
Primary ContactBrett Calhoun
Address1023 East Walnut, Suite 101
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone(479) 597-8777