Innovation Growth Program
The Innovation Growth 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. The Program was created on July 1, 2011 as a partnership between the Kansas Department of Commerce and the statewide network of organizations that were part of the network operated by the former Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation. While the program exists to help entrepreneurs and companies, its ultimate goal is to bring new technology jobs to the state of Kansas.
The Program offers expertise in four basic areas:
Research to Support Industry
University-based Centers of Excellence provide access to research and technical expertise for companies and entrepreneurs seeking to develop new products or solve problems through new technologies.
Learn more about Centers of Excellence.
Support for Early-Stage Technology Companies
Entrepreneurial Centers provide a range of services that help accelerate the success of innovative technology companies. These services range from preparing entrepreneurs to approach capital partners to forming joint ventures and new companies around technologies and expertise housed at state universities.
Learn more about Entrepreneurial Centers.
Additional entrepreneurial resources are also available to Kansas companies. Resources included are for SBIR programs, inventors, small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Learn about additional entrepreneurial resources.
Competitive Edge for Manufacturers
The Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center strives to improve the competitive position of small and mid-sized Kansas manufacturers by helping them grow revenues, improve productivity and expand their capacity.
Learn more about the Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center.
Angel Investment Resources
The Innovation Growth Program is committed to help meet the financing needs of Kansas entrepreneurs by serving as a catalyst to stimulate the flow of private investment capital to promising early-stage ventures.
There are several regional networks of angel investors dedicated to identifying and funding promising start-up business opportunities in Kansas.
Learn more about the Angel Networks.
Kansas Angel Tax Credits
Kansas income tax credits are available to individuals who provide seed-capital financing for emerging Kansas businesses engaged in development, implementation and commercialization of innovative technologies, products and services.
Learn more about the Kansas Angel Tax Credits.
For more information, contact (785) 296-5298.