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

Stadia Ventures

Stadia Ventures is the global Sports Innovation Hub for entrepreneurs, industry partners and investors.


Stadia Accelerator helps established sports & esports startups get to the next level through the combination of a $100,000 equity investment, intensive mentoring, and connections to the top sports & esports business executives in the country. We leverage our network of industry executives that include senior leaders at teams, leagues, sponsors, game developers, publishers, manufacturers, marketers, investors, business services, etc. We finish the delivery by helping companies close their next deal, land their next investment round, or find their exit partner. Our success is determined by our cohort’s financial success!

Twice a year, Stadia Venture conducts a private and public call for submissions around the world. We are looking to invest $100,000 for equity in up to five of the best, established sports & esports startups. If you have an existing product or service, have traction, and are generating revenue proving that you are solving a pain, we want you to apply for the Spring or Fall Cohort.

There are two rounds of evaluation for the Stadia Accelerator cohort. First, applications are reviewed by several Partners and Advisors of Stadia Ventures, whom are hand-picked by the Stadia Ventures staff based on industry experience, expertise in the stage of your company, or other relevant characteristics. Next, the application and feedback from the initial judges are reviewed by the Stadia Capital Investment Committee, which is a group of the most experienced entrepreneurs, sports & esports business executives and investors who are invested into the Stadia Capital fund. Finally, a select group of founders will be invited to pitch their businesses to the Investment Committee and over 120 Senior Leaders in Sports & Esports at a Finalist Pitch Day, which will be followed by an opportunity for in-depth Q&A. The Stadia Accelerator cohort is usually announced soon after the Final Pitch Day.

Founders come to St. Louis, MO or Frisco, TX on Wednesdays through Fridays for 7-sessions over 14-weeks. They are immersed in our business development accelerator, which is an intensive business boot camp, while being surrounded with some of the best sports business talent in the world. Our team’s strength is the network of senior executives, entrepreneurs and investors we bring to bear for every founder.

Graduation culminates with two Demo Days (Hometown Demo Day and a Global Demo Day in a separate city), which is where each founder pitches investors, potential customers and the media. The goal of this day is to secure additional funding, new partners, customer sales, or an exit.

It doesn’t end with your Demo Day. As a member of the Stadia Ventures family, you will always be family. Therefore, we will be on the lookout to help our founders for the life of their company (and well beyond). Whether you are looking for additional resources (human and capital), business development inroads, or strategic board advice, Stadia Ventures and our network will be here for you.


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Valuation

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Obtaining Equity Funding

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • High Tech Development
  • Life Sciences Development


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking Organizations

  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific

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

  • Accelerators
Primary ContactTim Hayden
AddressSaint Louis, MO 63110