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

Sling Health

Sling Health is a non-profit healthcare accelerator that provides resources, training, and mentorship to interdisciplinary teams to develop and commercialize solutions to clinical problems discovered by healthcare providers.


COVID-19 Update: Sling Health Summer Bootcamp-Launching COVID19 solutions from ideation to implementation (May 11-June 5). Time is of the essence when it comes to making an impact on our current public health crises and Sling Health gives students an excellent opportunity to support the healthcare community. This program is designed to rapidly bring forth new technologies and ideas and unite students across the nation among an even broader community of like-minded peers. Looking to participate? Sign up here: 

Sling Health STL is the founding chapter of Sling Health, a national student-run non-profit organization that was founded in 2013 by medical students at Washington University in St. Louis to confront the surplus of unsolved clinical problems they encountered within the hospitals.

The organization brings together a diverse group of students, clinicians, and local entrepreneurs to develop and commercialize solutions to improve patient health care. 

Main Objectives

  1. To make medical entrepreneurship attainable for students and physicians
  2. To integrate students from the schools of medicine, business, engineering, and arts & sciences to tackle unmet clinical needs by developing and commercializing solutions to real-world healthcare problems
  3. To provide resources, training and mentorship to participating teams through an experiential platform 

Program Platform

Our organization cultivates  teams through an 8-month experiential program, which includes clinical assessment, prototype creation, and business development. Program participants are required to attend milestone meetings in St. Louis, MO. Teams also receive opportunities to pitch in various competitions and events, including through our annual Demo Day.

Sling Health STL teams receive resources, support, and mentorship throughout the process.  Team members retain 100% of the intellectual property and equity of the solutions they create through the program. 

Resources include:

1) Initial funding,

2) Lab, office, and workshop space,

3) Prototyping tools and equipment,

4) Legal services including patent and incorporation support, and

5) Mentorship from clinicians, industry experts, and local entrepreneurs via design reviews.


Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Angel Investment Providers

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Research Projects

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business
  • Patent Seminars
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Industry Specific Research/Expertise

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • High Tech Development
  • Life Sciences Development
  • Technology Transfer
  • Wet Lab Incubator


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

Networking Organizations

  • Industry Specific

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

  • Accelerators

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Regulatory Compliance

  • Patent Information
  • Registration, licenses and permits

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Startup Business Counseling
Primary ContactRick Shang
Address20 S. Sarah St.
Saint Louis, MO 63108
Phone(573) 201-4809