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 4-H Center for Youth Development (Missouri 4-H)

Missouri 4-H supports young people ages 5-18 in learning and applying entrepreneurship through hands-on experiential learning.


4-H, the youth development program of the University of Missouri, is supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs by helping young people gain marketable skills, see opportunities, and apply their learning to create value for others in their club, community, country, and world.  

As 4-H entrepreneurs (Cloverpreneurs), young people can:

  • Create their own part-time job
  • Earn money from their 4-H projects
  • Provide needed products or services for their community
  • Gain hands-on experience in business, entrepreneurship, and college/career readiness

4-H offers an entrepreneurship project for youth (ages 8-18) which works alongside other project interests.  Youth are guided by caring adult volunteers to explore the world of entrepreneurs, learn characteristics of a successful businessperson, identify business opportunities around them, and take steps to start and run their own micro-business.  Young people can enroll in the 4-H entrepreneurship project by joining a local 4-H club (contact the University of Missouri County Extension Office for details).  4-H also offers state-level opportunities for young entrepreneurs to advance their skills and ventures through sales booths (Show Me 4-H Wares), camps (MU Build-a-Business Camp), and other special programs.


Business Planning

  • Forming a Business

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education


  • One-on-One Counseling

Starting a Business

  • Forming a Business


  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
Primary ContactSteve Henness
Address1110 south college ave
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone(573) 884-6618