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Innovation Centers

MTC’s Innovation Center Program is a major statewide resource for commercializing Missouri research discoveries and innovations. Innovation centers are the “boots on the ground” that assist Missouri entrepreneurs in creating and growing new high-tech, high-growth businesses.

The centers work closely with their associated universities and provide the specialized business counseling, hands-on business development, and finance assistance needed to take technology from the lab or garage into a thriving business that creates high-paying jobs. Many also operate physical incubators that provide laboratories and office space at affordable rates.

There are nine innovation centers throughout the state located in Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Joplin, Kansas City, Kirksville, Rolla, Springfield, St. Joseph and St. Louis.

Innovation Centers Map 2019

Missouri Innovation Centers

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Center for Emerging Technologies

Founded in 1998, the Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) in St. Louis is the largest and oldest Innovation Center in Missouri. CET provides the infrastructure and resources needed for early-stage, high-growth companies in information technology, bioscience and manufactured products to innovate and thrive.

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Innovation Stockyard

Innovation Stockyard is a one-stop business incubator in St. Joseph for those who want to start or grow any business. Innovation Stockyard specializes in animal sciences and offers business and scientific consulting to help entrepreneurs bring their ideas to market.

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Jordan Valley Innovation Center

A former MFA milling facility in downtown Springfield, Jordan Valley Innovation Center (JVIC) is now a seven story, state-of-the-art research facility for Missouri State University’s Applied Sciences program. JVIC focuses on environmentally friendly projects with an applied research emphasis on biomaterials, nanotechnology, carbon-based electronics, biomedical instrument development and energy.
Joseph Newman Innovation Center

Joseph Newman Innovation Center

The Joseph Newman Innovation Center in Joplin supports both new and existing businesses in seven-county region in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. The Innovation Center aims to inspire innovation and create a positive environment for developing, supporting and promoting entrepreneurs.
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Missouri Enterprise

Missouri Enterprise is an innovation center based in Rolla that focuses on advanced manufacturing and operates the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program. Missouri Enterprise provides a broad range of hands-on business, technical and optimization services delivered by an experienced staff and comprehensive network of public and private partners.

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Missouri Innovation Center

Centered in Columbia, the Missouri Innovation Center (MIC) provides unparalleled entrepreneurial support offers a wide range of services. MIC offers state-of-the-art facilities, mentoring, access to world-class university research facilities and financing possibilities to propel businesses through research and development towards product commercialization strategies.
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Missouri Innovation Corporation

The Missouri Innovation Corporation (MIC) is a non-profit organization in Cape Girardeau is dedicated to fostering business, community and workforce development to create new, high-value jobs and advance entrepreneurship.


Missouri Rural Enterprise & Innovation Center

Located near Truman State University and A.T. Still University in Kirksville, the Missouri Rural Enterprise & Innovation Center (MREIC) is dedicated to meeting the needs of entrepreneurs in Northeast Missouri by providing a supportive infrastructure that allows them to enhance their capabilities, broaden their network and successfully grow their companies.
UMKC Innovation Center

UMKC Innovation Center

Through a suite of high-impact programs, the UMKC Innovation Center helps emerging and existing student, faculty and community-based business owners in the Kansas City region hone their business basics, evaluate commercialization opportunities and connect with the right resources at the right time.