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

University of Missouri - School of Law - Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic (ELC)

The Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic (ELC) provides legal assistance to take startups from concept to capitalization. The ELC is a course where upper level law students get hands-on experience under the supervision of an experienced, licensed attorney.


The Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic (ELC), founded in 2015, provides legal assistance to take startups from concept to capitalization. Clients range from simple local startups to complex and highly investible businesses. They are include MU faculty, staff, students, and other Missouri entrepreneurs. The ELC is a curricular offering, wherein upper level law students get hands-on experience under the supervision of an experienced, licensed attorney. In this sense, it is invaluable experience with live clients, similar to residencies in medical school. The areas of law covered are numerous, including entity selection/formation, intellectual property, contracts/transactions, employment, regulatory, tax, real estate, nonprofits, MBE/WBE/DBE (minority/women's/disadvantaged business enterprises), e-commerce, terms of service/use and privacy policies. In 2018, the ELC was selected to participate in the United States Patent & Trademark Office's law school clinic program for trademarks, whereby ELC students will have limited registration to conduct trademark applications and prosecutions directly with the USPTO examiners. The ELC's service are currently provided on a pro bono basis, with selected ELC clients paying only for their filing fees and other third party costs. The ELC is an experiential "clinic" at the University of Missouri School of Law.


Business Planning

  • Forming a Business

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing an Existing Business
  • Valuation

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Lease Review
  • Revitalization
  • Site Location Assistance
  • Tax Credits

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Angel Investment Providers
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Loan Providers
  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Obtaining Government Funding
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Tax Credits
  • Technology Grants
  • Venture Capital Equity Providers

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives

Import and Export Assistance

  • Import/Export Certification and Licensing

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Research Projects
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Forming a Business
  • Lease Review
  • Patent Seminars
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Industry Specific Research/Expertise

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • Hazardous Waste Generation Avoidance Training
  • Health and Safety Training
  • High Tech Development
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Life Sciences Development
  • Manufacturing Development
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)
  • Science/Bioscience Seminars
  • Technology Transfer


  • Competitive Analysis
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Research

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit Development

  • Board Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Services

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

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space

Product Development

  • Patent Information
  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • Hispanic Business
  • LGBT Business Issues
  • Missouri Business Issues
  • Native-American Business
  • Small Business Policy
  • Women's Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Bonding
  • Codes
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Government Requirements
  • Insurance Requirements
  • International Regulatory Compliance
  • Patent Information
  • Registration, licenses and permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Government and Military Specifications
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Registration Assistance

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Tax Services

  • Tax Registration

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization


  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactJames Niemann
Address225 Hulston Hall
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone(573) 882-0316