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

Urban Empowerment Development Corporation

uEDC Mission: uEDC is a community development corporation dedicated to empowering people to impact their community.


uEDC Vision:

uEDC’s mission will be manifest through the following methods:

· Reaching out to underserved, disenfranchised or otherwise unconsidered individuals within the community

· Assisting an individual with defining, setting and reaching their goals pertaining to education, entrepreneurship and employment

· Providing internal/external resources, guest speakers and trainings that facilitate an individual’s ability to stay on task so that they can accomplish their goals.

· Providing one on one consulting with individuals to encourage follow through.

· Providing relevant and necessary  referrals to community resources to remove hindrances from achieving goals.

uEDC Design:
uEDC is designed to “bridge the gap” between church and community by:
· Networking and bringing people together,
· Creating opportunities,
· Moving people toward their purpose, and
· Maximizing available resources.


Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast
  • Revitalization


  • Feasibility Studies


  • Peer Mentoring

Nonprofit Development

  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Services

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling


  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Home-Based Business Training
Primary ContactLester Woods
Address2404 North Stadium Blvd
Columbia, MO 65202
Phone(573) 823-9679