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

Scale is an incubator with the characteristics of a high-growth accelerator fund that is introducing Founder-First Incubation. At Scale, we invest capital and time into the founder first and then build category-defining companies.

About

Scale is an incubator with the characteristics of a high-growth accelerator fund and focused on Founder-First Incubation. Scale’s thesis - The greatest driver of venture returns is the selection of founders strengthened by struggle. 

Founders between the coasts are naturally predisposed to adversity & committed to building companies from first principles. At Scale, we invest capital and time into the founder first and then build category-defining companies. We aim to replicate outlier success by handpicking the right individuals. 

 

The team at Scale has built three unicorn startups in Missouri (EquipmentShare, Zapier, & Veterans United), raised VC funds (Countdown Capital) and are looking to help other entrepreneurs between the coasts do the same. 



Scale offers:

  • Capital: Scale invests a minimum of $40k for 5%
  • Mentorship: guidance from founders who have been in the trenches building VC funds and unicorn businesses in the Midwest
  • Space to Build: Free office space at Scale HQ
  • Education: an 12 week bootcamp with 28 classes on how to build a business (“Scale Sessions”)

 

Services

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

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization

Marketing/Sales

  • Competitive Analysis
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Student Marketing Projects

Mentoring

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

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

  • Accelerators
  • Incubator Space

Product Development

  • Prototype Development

Training

  • 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