Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

October 28, 2005

Legislators visit UMKC’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Sen. Charles Wheeler (D-Kansas City), Rep. Beth Low (D-Kansas City), and Rep. Ray Salva (D-Sugar Creek) attended a breakfast hosted by UM-Kansas City’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IEI) on Oct. 11. The breakfast introduced legislators to the institute, which was created to help students across all disciplines at UMKC become entrepreneurs and innovators and to establish entrepreneurship as a mainstream field of study.

The IEI partners with the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration and KC SourceLink, a nationally-recognized, free resource network created to help small business owners make the right connections. All services are located at 4747 Troost and house 19 programs that serve small businesses and entrepreneurial firms, giving business owners and managers convenient access to technical and management assistance that is unique in the nation.

In January 2006, the Institute plans to launch Entrepreneurship & Innovation Boot Camp, which will be available to all undergraduate students and will culminate in a business idea competition with $1,000 prizes for winning teams. Beyond-the-classroom activities also will be offered, such as the Kauffman Entrepreneur Internship Program; the Entrepreneurship Speakers Series; and Meet Entrepreneurs At the Table, where students talk informally with entrepreneurs over lunch.

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