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  • Advanced Manufacturing Institute AMI provides a spectrum of resources to propel innovation and accelerate the economic development of Kansas through the advancement and utilization of manufacturing technologies.
  • Association of University Technology Managers The mission of the AUTM is to promote, support and enhance the global academic technology transfer profession through internal and external education, training and communication.
  • Bioscience & Technology Business CenterA Lawrence, Kansas not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to foster the development and growth of the life sciences industry in the local area.
  • Enterprise Center in Johnson County The ECJC is a business incubator that provides high-growth potential companies with office space, consulting and advisory services and financing resources to help them grow and succeed.
  • Entrepreneur America Provides start-ups and established businesses with mentoring services that improve growth, profitability, and/or market position.

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  • Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research EPSCoR's goal is to identify, develop and utilize a state's academic science and technology resources in a way that will support wealth creation and a more productive and fulfilling way of life for its citizens.
  • Higuchi Biosciences Center HBC's mission is two-fold: to foster an environment conducive to interdisciplinary, biomedical research and to contribute to the economic development of the state of Kansas by commercializing the technologies resulting from that research.
  • Innovation AmericaFounded by Richard Bendis, Innovation America features Innovation Daily, a resource dedicated to accelerating the growth of the entrepreneurial innovation economy in America.  The site is based on a framework on how to finance and bring together organizations, networks and resources involved in growing the nation's entrepreneurial innovation economy and creating new jobs.
  • Information and Telecommunications Technology Center ITTC excel's in basic research, technology development and technology transfer through the support of the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation (KTEC), private industry and federal and state programs.
  • BioKansas BioKansas is focused on enhancing the business and research climate and working with leaders across the state to attract and retain bioscience talent, companies and funding.
  • The Kansas Bioscience AuthorityThe Kansas Bioscience Authority (KBA) was created by the Kansas Economic Growth Act of 2004 with the sole purpose of advancing Kansas' leadership in bioscience.
  • Kansas Polymer Research Center The mission of the Polymer R&D Lab is to help clients solve development and production problems in the field of polymers and plastics.
  • Kansas Department of Commerce - Entrepreneur Technology Program Assists Kansas entrepreneurs and technology companies by providing intellectual property, technical expertise, research and other services designed to help new and existing technology companies grow and succeed.
  • Kansas State Univerisity Institute for Commercialization, formerly NISTAC, has expanded its programs beyond Kansas to include regions throughout the nation.

  • Kauffman Foundation The Kauffman Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and is among the largest private foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion. 
  • Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center MAMTC is dedicated to serving small and mid-sized manufacturers in Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming by providing counsel, training, and resources to help them grow and prosper.
  • National Business Incubation Association NBIA is the world's leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship.

  • National Institute for Aviation Research NIAR integrates university, government and business entities in cooperative efforts to advance technologies for aviation and other industries.

  • Network Kansas Growing an entrepreneurial environment in Kansas by cultivating resources to start and grow small businesses. 
  • Pipeline Fellowship An exclusive community of Midwestern entrepreneurial leaders building high-growth companies.

  • Quest Business Center for Entrepreneurs The Quest Center is a small business incubator located in Hutchinson, KS.

  • Get Connected With Startup Wichita Provides network collisions to the entrepreneur, startup, and tech communities in Wichita.
  • 1 Million Cups Kansas City1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs.

Resources For Investors

  • Angel Capital Association ACA is North America's professional alliance of angel groups.
  • Angel Resource InstituteThe ARI is a charitable organization devoted to providing education, training, and information on best practices in the field of angel investing.
  • Kansas Angels - Angel Investor Tax Credit Kansas-based angel investors who wish to seek the Kansas Angel Investor Tax Credit must register through the Kansas Angels web site.
  • Mid-America AngelsMAA is a regional network of angel investors dedicated to identifying and funding the most promising start-up business opportunities in the Kansas-Missouri Region.
  • Midwest Venture Alliance The MVA is a network of accredited investors committed to investing in high-growth seed and early-stage technology companies in Kansas and surrounding states.
  • Nebraska Angels The Nebraska Angels are a network of 60 active, local angel investors. Over the past two years, the Angels have deployed $4M in capital, investing in early-stage, high growth opportunities.
  • The Women’s Capital Connection WCC is a regional network of accredited angel investors dedicated to identifying and funding the most promising start-up business opportunities in the Kansas-Missouri region.

Small Business Resources

  • NetWork KansasNetWork Kansas is a one-stop source for information, resources, registration, filings, licenses and permits for doing business in Kansas.
  • OneKC for Women - Women's Business CenterThe Women’s Business Center offers a host of services to women entrepreneurs at all stages of business development.  These services are designed to enhance our entrepreneurial and general business knowledge.
  • SCORE Wichita SCORE Wichita mentors provide you with in-depth, industry specific business assistance to help evaluate a business idea or plan, stimulate business growth and ensure long term stability.
  • South Central Kansas Economic Development District (SCKEDD) SCKEDD is a Kansas non-profit corporation providing loan programs and other resources to help new and existing businesses in Wichita and the surrounding areas.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (Wichita District Office) An independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.
  • Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce The Chamber provides access to information and resources for individuals starting or growing a business in Wichita.
  • Wichita Independent Business Association (WIBA) Leading resource for the success and growth of independent businesses in Wichita.

 Venture Capital Associations

  • National Venture Capital Association NVCA is a member-based organization, which consists of venture capital firms that manage pools of risk equity capital designated to be invested in high-growth companies.

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