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

St. Louis Community Foundation

The St. Louis Community Foundation inspires purposeful philanthropy that connects community and donors to build and preserve a more equitable and vibrant region, now and forever.


The Gateway Resilience Fund was established in 2020 to provide emergency relief to employees, owners and essential contractors of restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and other small independent, locally owned businesses in the St. Louis region in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

This fund will provide short term monetary relief to employees and owners of independent bars, restaurants, and shops in the St. Louis area affected by closures and other circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

You are eligible to apply if you meet both of the following conditions: 
  • You are an employee, essential local contractor, or owner of an independent bar, restaurant, entertainment venue, retail establishment, or other small locally owned business in the St. Louis region. 
  • You have experienced financial burden due to the coronavirus pandemic, a qualifying event. 

Grant options for individual support: $1,000 direct payment of bills to vendor or $500 check mailed to applicant. 

In addition, a gift from the St. Louis Downtown Community Improvement District (CID) allows the fund to make $5,000 grants to affected small, locally owned businesses in its 180-block, central business district area, which is roughly north of I-64, south of Convention, west of I-55 and east of 18th street. Small businesses in this area with at least 5 employees and 2 years in business are eligible to apply. 

View the application here. 

You will be notified of your application status as quickly as humanly possible. Depending on volume of applications, turnaround could take several days. Please be patient with is. This is a new reality for us all. 

The COVID-19 Regional Response Fund 
The St. Louis Community Foundation assembled a coalition of local influential organizations to create the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, which will direct resources to regional nonprofits that are serving local communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus crisis and its economic fallout. 

Request for Proposals due by 3:00pm Central Time on April 21, 2020. 


Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Loan Providers

Nonprofit Development

  • Funds Development

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City
  • Missouri Business Issues
Primary ContactStaff Representative
Address#2 Oak Knoll Park
Saint Louis, MO 63105
Phone(314) 588-8200