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

The Biotechnology and Life Science Advising (BALSA) Group

The BALSA Group provides high-quality, affordable consulting services for university tech transfer, local start-ups, business accelerators, and multinational corporations.

About

The Biotechnology and Life Science Advising Group (BALSA) is a nonprofit organization that provides consulting services for university tech transfer, local start-ups, business accelerators, and multinational corporations. BALSA consults on a wide variety of topics including market research, technology development, competitor analysis, business plan development, and consumer facing materials. Consultants come from diverse backgrounds including postdoctoral research fellows, Ph.D. students, Law students and MBA students in the St Louis region.

Services

Business Planning

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

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Valuation

Import and Export Assistance

  • Networking/Exploring Exporting

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • High Tech Development
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Life Sciences Development
  • Manufacturing Development
  • Technology Transfer

Marketing/Sales

  • Feasibility Studies

Product Development

  • Patent Information
  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
Primary ContactErica Thomas
Address4579 Laclede Ave. #336
#336
Saint Louis, MO 63108
PhoneSee contact link