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 Economic Development Partnership

The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership seeks to facilitate the development of long-term, diversified business and employment opportunities in St. Louis City and County and the St. Louis region.


The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership's (SLEDP) mission is to facilitate the development of long-term, diversified business and employment opportunities that will lead to increased wealth and well-being for the citizens, businesses, and institutions of St. Louis City and County and the entire St. Louis region. Through job creation, business growth, industry diversification, and strategic redevelopment, SLEDP contributes to the vitality of the entire region. These goals are accomplished through the work of multiple divisions, including business finance, real estate, entrepreneurship and innovation, business development, and the World Trade Center-St. Louis. SLEDP offers an array services to both large and small businesses. Further information pertaining on specific divisions may be obtained by visiting our website at


Loan Funds:

COVID-19 Relief: The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded CARES Act funds to The St. Louis Local Development Company, an organization under the St. Louis Development Corporation’s umbrella, to make loans to businesses that have been negatively affected by COVID-19 or that are providing goods or services addressing problems caused by the pandemic.


Specialty Loans: To encourage economic activity and job creation in the region, the Partnership provides specialty loans to businesses in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County.  Utilizing grant funds from federal agencies such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the Community Development Administration (CDA), along with funds from local sources, the Partnership provides low-interest, subordinated loans and can be an essential part of the capital stack to make your business expansion a reality.


Business Planning

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

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Revitalization
  • Site Location Assistance
  • Tax Credits
  • Watershed Planning

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Loan Providers
  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Obtaining Government Funding
  • Tax Credits

Import and Export Assistance

  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Research Projects

Legal Services

  • Environmental Compliance

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • High Tech Development
  • Life Sciences Development
  • Manufacturing Development
  • Wet Lab Incubator


  • Demographics/Census Data


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking Organizations

  • International Trade
  • Small Business/General

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

  • Retail Space
  • Site Location

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City
  • Small Business Policy

Regulatory Compliance

  • International Regulatory Compliance

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business
  • Site Location

Tax Services

  • Tax Credits
Primary ContactColleen Mulvihill
Address7733 forsyth blvd
Ste 2200
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone(314) 615-7694