Founded in 2005, the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is housed within the striking new Bloch Executive Hall, which sits proudly at one of the highest points on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus. Our mission, in conjunction with the Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, is to inspire and nurture entrepreneurs and innovators through transformational education and research. Each of our programs and academic offerings supports our efforts to be a global leader in the creation and dissemination of knowledge to advance entrepreneurship and innovation globally and right here in Kansas City.
What We Do
Our entrepreneurship programs accelerate early startups from ideas to sustainable launch in a safe environment of learning, experimenting and mentoring.
We offer formal entrepreneurship education to enrolled UMKC students and we provide educational opportunities for members of the community who are looking for guidance and support as they prepare to launch new ventures.
Through the Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation, we offer entrepreneurship and innovation education at every educational level, including two doctoral degree programs, MBA and Executive MBA programs, a specialized Master’s degree in Entrepreneurial Real Estate, an undergraduate program, and certificate programs.
Ideally situated in the heart of Kansas City, the entrepreneurship program offers students the unique opportunity to either plug into one of a wide variety of established businesses or to launch something new with the support of the vast network of alumni and mentors who are invested in the success of UMKC students and graduates. We encourage entrepreneurship among all students, not just business students. We welcome students from any discipline who want to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, spark innovative ideas, or launch new ventures.
The Regnier Institute offers a variety of programs that are designed to support early-stage entrepreneurs. They range from hands-on intensive workshops and seminars designed to assist people in the ideation stage to mentoring programs and our incubator, which support ventures that have already launched.
Our cohesive team with extensive academic and practical knowledge continuously strives to adjust our programs to the needs of the community we serve. Together, they are designed to be a roadmap to a successful business launch. Our intent is to plug in early-stage entrepreneurs into the program that will help them most based on the stage they’re in, in the development of their business.
Where Do I Fit In?
Whether you are a current student, prospective student or a member of the community looking to learn more about entrepreneurship and innovation, we invite you to review our academic offerings and our community education offerings and to apply!
How Can I Help?
We could not continue to do what we do without the support of our donors, alumni, volunteers and the vast network of mentors who support our efforts every day. We have many ways you can get involved ranging from volunteering with our mentor program to giving donations or attending our annual gala, the Entrepreneur of the Year event.