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 University School of Law Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic

The ECD Clinic provides transactional representation to entrepreneurs, nonprofits, community groups, and small businesses.


The Entrepreneurship and Community Development (ECD) Clinic provides transactional representation to entrepreneurs, nonprofits, community groups, and small businesses.  ECD clients seek to positively impact the St. Louis community in a variety of ways, including neighborhood revitalization, job creation, producing and preserving affordable housing, offering needed goods and services, and working to generate solutions to common community problems.  

Generally, the ECD Clinic does not litigate in a court of law, provide bankruptcy services, provide advice concerning securities law or tax law compliance, or provide intellectual property assistance.  Also, the ECD Clinic does not field quick questions or accept walk-ins.

Missouri residents, nonprofits, or for-profits that need legal assistance in the ECD Clinic’s practice areas may request assistance.  Clients are selected considering a variety of factors, including the ECD Clinic’s current capacity, the suitability of the matter for student educational purposes, the applicant’s available resources and access to market-rate legal services (including the applicant’s income and family size), timing needs, and the applicant’s potential community impact.  The ECD Clinic’s services are best suited for applicants who have developed clear ideas, goals, and plans for their ventures (for example, as evidenced by a viable business plan or other written document).

The ECD Clinic generally adds new clients at the start of each academic semester (August and January). 

The ECD Clinic provides legal services to its clients free of charge.  However, ECD Clinic clients are responsible for paying all third-party costs associated with the representation (e.g., filing fees, application fees, appraisals).  

The ECD Clinic primarily serves clients in the city of St. Louis and St. Louis county.


Business Planning

  • Forming a Business

Economic and Site Development

  • Lease Review

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Forming a Business
  • Lease Review

Nonprofit Development

  • Organizational Audits

Starting a Business

  • Forming a Business
Primary ContactDana Malkus
Address100 N Tucker blvd
Ste 704
Saint Louis, MO 63101-1911
Phone(314) 977-2629
Fax(314) 977-1180