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

Venture Cafe St. Louis

Venture Café’s mission is to connect innovators to make things happen. Our flagship program, the Venture Cafe Gathering, is hosted every Thursday from 3-8pm at 4240 Duncan Ave on the 2nd floor.

About

Venture Café’s mission is to connect innovators to make things happen. Our flagship program, the Venture Cafe Gathering, is hosted every Thursday from 3-8pm at 4240 Duncan Ave on the 2nd floor. The goal is to get people connected and broaden the innovation community. Combining opportunities to network and a variety of high-impact educational sessions, our gathering brings in over 500 people weekly. The two rules we have are 1. Don't drink too much and 2. Don't be here to sell. Breakout sessions are free, we don't charge to host them & we don't pay people to speak. You can take a look at what is going on every week on our calendar: vencafstl.org/calendar.  

More Programs:

Venture Cafe Night: 39N- Held every 3rd Tuesday from 4-7:30pm at the Danforth Plant Science Center (975 N Warson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63132). Similar to the Thursday Gathering, It's an open connecting format with a focus on science, biotech, agtech, food innovation, etc.

Innovation Hall STL - Each month, Venture Café connects thousands of entrepreneurs, creatives, scientists, and all types of innovators through our Thursday Gathering and Café Night at 39 North. Now we’re keeping the connections going throughout the week at Innovation Hall. Innovation Hall is a platform for St. Louis’ innovation community. Created to be a collaborative, innovative, civic workspace, and event space to bring people together.

This is only the second civic innovation center in the Venture Cafe Global Network — with District Hall in Boston being the first. It will be a unique space defined by its civic nature and as a gathering place for all kinds of entrepreneurs—startups, educators, nonprofits, government, artists, corporates and the community at large—with no barriers to entry.

Services

Mentoring

  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Small Business/General

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

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space

Starting a Business

  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Training

  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactChristina Celuzza
Address4240 Duncan Ave
Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone(314) 329-7781