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

Technology Advancement Office

We partner with faculty, companies, entrepreneurs and investors to bring those innovations to market.


MU research and scholarship often lead to new technologies, tools, therapeutics, diagnostics, compositions, processes and other inventions that can improve people’s lives. The Technology Advancement Office (TAO) partners with faculty, companies, entrepreneurs and investors to bring those innovations to market.

TAO is part of MU's Office of Research and Economic Development. We work at the interface of science, business and patent law to evaluate, protect and pave the way for the translation of innovations into products, jobs and businesses.

The Technology Advancement Office work with companies licensing MU technologies or subcontracting SBIR/STTR work to MU.


Business Planning

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

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Obtaining Government Funding
  • Technology Grants

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Industry Specific Research/Expertise

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • Technology Transfer

Networking Organizations

  • Small Business/General

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business

Technical Assistance

  • Technology Transfer
Primary ContactAdam Blumhagen
AddressUniversity of Missouri Mizzou North, Room 706
115 Business Loop 70 W.
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone(573) 882-8963