UMKC Bloch School Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program wins National Model Designation

January 2014

The undergraduate entrepreneurship program offered by the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) earned the distinction of being named the 2014 National Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).


Student Ventures Win Next Level of Regnier Venture Creation Challenge

October 4, 2013

Last April, student teams representing 70 startups were competed in the 2013 Regnier Venture Creation Challenge. After an “elevator pitch” competition, student teams displayed their venture ideas in the UMKC Student Union exhibit hall and spoke to some of the 200-plus judges, faculty, and mentors in attendance.


Entrepreneurship Programs Ranked Top 25 in 2013

September 24, 2013

The Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City announced that both the graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship programs have once again been ranked among the top 20 in the nation by Princeton Review (graduate program is at No. 20, undergraduate at No. 11).


UMKC Wins USASBE Award for Workshop on Changing Immigration Law

FEBRUARY 1, 2013

The United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship recently awarded the University of Missouri-Kansas City the “Best Workshop” award at the 2013 national conference in January.


Google's ultrafast Internet draws start-ups to K.C.

January 13, 2013

Inside a small bungalow on the street separating Kansas City, Kan., from its sister city in Missouri, a small group of entrepreneurs are working on their ideas for the next high-tech start-up, tapping Google Inc.'s new superfast Internet connection that has turned the neighborhood into an unlikely settlement dubbed the "Silicon Prairie."



September 24, 2012

The Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC announced today that both their graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship programs have been ranked among the top 20 in the nation by The Princeton Review.


Regnier Family Foundations Gives
$3 Million Gift to Endow IEI

August 27, 2012

The University of Missouri-Kansas City and the UMKC Foundation have received a $3 million gift from the Regnier Family Foundations to endow the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, housed in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. The foundations were established in 1990 by Victor A., Jr., Robert D. and Catherine M. Regnier to honor their parents' legacy.



August 9, 2012

In the paper "Reforming Immigration Law to Allow More Foreign Student Entrepreneurs to Launch Job-Creating Ventures in the United States," released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a team of law and entrepreneurship experts from the University of Missouri—Kansas City (UMKC) outline specific measures to modify U.S. immigration law in an effort to attract and encourage talented international students to launch job-creating ventures in the United States.


Formzapper hopes to replace paper for small businesses

July 30, 2012

A UMKC Entrepreneurship Scholar started Formzapper, a Kansas City, Mo.-based company that launched its free trial system last month. The service allows individuals and businesses to sign up for a monthly subscription, create forms and securely send them to anyone online to fill out. Creating one form with five submissions is free, while two forms with 500 submissions is $15 per month. The monthly fee increases with the number of forms, users and submissions. 


‘I want to do for ketchup what Grey Poupon did for mustard’

June 18, 2012

A UMKC Entrepreneurship Scholar's passion for consumer ketchup choice helped him cut the mustard at a Monday morning demonstration event dominated by Kansas City-area technology startups.


New grad, no job? Become an entrepreneur

April 17, 2012

Graduating from college soon and no job in sight? Maybe you can create your own. Opportunities are springing up nationwide for budding entrepreneurs.


Flyover Country? Not This Kansas City

April 10, 2012

The Kansas City Metropolitan area is becoming the envy of individuals on the East and West coasts who have long since considered it merely flyover country. The City of Fountains has been praised as a great place to live, work and visit for many years, but recently it is becoming a hot bed for entrepreneurial investment, high culture and the innovations of the future.


Sunny Prospects for Green REIT

More states are ordering utility companies to use renewable resources to generate a percentage of their power. Building the infrastructure to do that, though, demands large amounts of capital that many utilities and their customers can’t easily afford.

Shane Spencer, a University of Missouri-Kansas City MBA student, believes he’s found a solution.


‘ECity’ Idea gets a boost from local entrepreneurs

February 22, 2012

The pluses: The area has a strong Midwestern work ethic and stable workforce, a good transportation infrastructure, great cultural amenities and philanthropic giving, a relatively low cost of living, some outstanding schools, and entrepreneurial support from the Kauffman Foundation and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


Assessing Opportunities and Challenges in Biotech Industry

February 22, 2012

John Norton, Associate Director of the UMKC IEI, was featured in the “Biotechnology Industry Outlook” published in February’s Issue of Ingram’s Magazine. Norton was part of a group of twelve regional business leaders who gathered to assess the current state of Biotechnology industry in the region as part of Ingram’s Industry Outlook assembly series.


Big 5 ideas make early progress, Greater Kansas City Chamber says

January 27, 2012

Movement on a goal of making Kansas City the nation’s most entrepreneurial city centered on coordination among the chamber, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management.



January 15, 2012

The UMKC IEI entrepreneurship MBA emphasis was recognized as the 2012 National Model Graduate Entrepreneurship Program by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).


UMKC Entrepreneurship Scholar Listed on
Forbes 30-Under-30

Shane Spencer, Kansas City's commercial broker who's raised 9 figures to start an investment trust focused on renewable energy properties.


UMKC Ranked Number One in the World

December 5, 2011 

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) today announced that it has been ranked as the world's number one university in innovation management research by the Journal of Product Innovation Management.


UMKC Opens Applications for Entrepreneurship Scholars Program

November 9, 2011

There are handfuls of business plan competitions. Hundreds of entrepreneurial seminars. Thousands of educational series. But no program will prepare you to launch a startup venture quite like UMKC's Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. And now is the time to do it.


Student Entrepreneur of the Year Announced

October 21, 2011

The UMKC IEI announced the Student Entrepreneur of the Year award winner during its 26th Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards event. This year's three finalists were Andrew Kallenbach of FormZapper, Christie Scott of EA LLC, and Shane Spencer of Green REIT and the winner is Shane Spencer.


Entrepreneurs in Limelight at UMKC Awards

October 21, 2011

The spotlight was on business owners and innovative students at the University of Missouri Kansas City’s Bloch School of Business Entrepreneur of the Year Awards last night. The annual event honored local entrepreneurs and showcased the talents of student entrepreneurs. 



October 19, 2011

The Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management has announced that the recently launched Entrepreneurship Scholars program is now open to the general public.


Kansas City Named in Top Ten Cities for
Entrepreneurship List

October 17, 2011 

Did you know there was a Silicon Prairie? Well maybe not but Kansas City is at the heart of entrepreneurship in the Midwest. The fact it came in at #2 on the list shows how passionate the community is about being recognized as an up and coming town for entrepreneurship. The city is the headquarters of many major companies like Sprint, H&R Block, AMC Theaters, Applebee’s and more. Kansas City is also home to the largest foundation for entrepreneurs in the world, The Kauffman Foundation.


UMKC’s Bloch School starts mentoring program for business students

September 30, 2011

There are handfuls of business plan competitions. Hundreds of entrepreneurial seminars. Thousands of educational series. But no program will prepare you to launch a startup venture quite like UMKC's Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. And now is the time to do it.



September 16, 2011

Recent Princeton Review national rankings complement gift.


Back to school: Top 10 University Entrepreneurship Programs

August 05, 2011

UMKC IEI makes the top 10 university entrepreneurship programs list ranked at #6.


dr. tan means business

August 04, 2011

Teng-Kee Tan, PhD, dean of the UMKC Bloch School of Management, is featured in the August 2011 issue of KC Business Magazine.


IEI Alumni on Ingram's "20 in their Twenties" Roster

June 29, 2011

Two graduates from the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IEI) at the UMKC Bloch School of Management, Alex Dickmann (BBA, '11) and Cara Hoover (MBA, 08), were named in Ingram's magazine "20 in their Twenties."

UMKC SIFE Continues to Achieve

June 20, 2011

Recent achievements by UMKC SIFE demonstrate that it is one of the premier student organizations on campus, drawing top students and providing them the opportunity to develop proficiency in leadership, interpersonal relations, critical thinking and community interaction.

More than business theory needed to ace KC program

May 9, 2011

Students need to know more than business theory to ace an entrepreneurship program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. They need to actually start a business with the potential for expansion.

The article “More than business theory needed to ace KC program” on the Entrepreneurship Scholars program has appeared in the following publications nationally and internationally:

  • KSHB – NBC Action News



  • BusinessWeek

  • Seeking Alpha

  • Marshall Democrat-News

  • The Indiana Republic

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch


  • KFVS12 News

  • Yahoo (Singapore)! News

  • News Tribune


  • CNBC

  • The Columbia Daily Tribune


  • Tolly TNT Blog

  • The Street

  • Daily Journal

  • Yahoo! Finance

  • News

  • Yahoo (Singapore) Finance

  • Pendleton Times Post

  • InetGiant

  • University of Missouri (MU)

IEI Welcomes New Group of E-Scholar Candidates

May 7, 2011

Six days after the graduation ceremony for the first class of UMKC Entrepreneurship Scholars, the IEI welcomed a new group of Entrepreneurship Scholar candidates.

Inaugural E-Scholars Program Huge Success

May 3, 2011

On April 30 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center hotel, the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School’s IEI conferred certificates of graduation upon 32 students – the first class of students to complete the Institute’s new Entrepreneurship Scholars program.

Winners of Venture Creation Challenge Announced

May 3, 2011

On April 29, the IEI at the UMKC Bloch School of Management held the seventh annual Regnier Family Foundations/Bank of Blue Valley Venture Creation Challenge in the new Student Union on the UMKC campus.


APRIL 5, 2011

Creativity and teamwork fuel innovation for students at the IEI, and a new software tool developed by GreenTree Technology Partners facilitates the mentorship and education of IEI's student innovators.


APRIL 1, 2011

There is great excitement building for the largest Venture Creation Challenge (VCC) event in the history of UMKC. A record number of more than 100 student venture teams are preparing to showcase their business plans and prototypes.

Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UMKC Bloch School Co-hosts National Arts Enterprise Summit 2011

FEBRUARY 4, 2011

The IEI at the UMKC Bloch School of Management is partnering with the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance to host the national Arts Enterprise Summit.


jANUARY 27, 2011

The Entrepreneurship Scholars Program has taken shape and the scholars are now closer to achieving a milestone in their journey to entrepreneurial success.

Michael Song's Articles Listed on SSRN's Top Ten

December 30, 2010

Michael Song's "Extending the Miles and Snow Strategic Framework: Strategic Types, Capabilities, Environmental Uncertainty, and Firm Performance" and "Pioneering Advantage in New Service Development: A Multi-Country Study of Managerial Perceptions" articles make the Social Science Research Network's (SSRN) top ten download lists.


entrepreneurship scholars take off

DECEMBER 4, 2010

The Entrepreneurship Scholars Program debuts with great success and scholars experience their first session with high levels of motivation and enthusiasm as mentors and scholars set high performance standards.


iei receives awards

NOVEMEBER 19, 2010

The UMKC IEI received awards for "Outstanding Contributions to Enterprise Creation" and "Exceptional Activities in Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines" from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers.



OCTOBER 10, 2010

Michael J. Brown is named the 2010 Regional Entrepreneur of the Year and Terry and Peggy Dunn receive the Marion and Kreamer Award for Entrepreneurship in Volunteer Community Service during the 25th Annual Entrepreneur of the Year awards.


IEI Director featured in Inc.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2010

In "How to Find Your First Customer" IEI's Executive Director, Michael Song, provides practical and useful advice on how to engage potential customers by underlining the value which their product provides.


IEI director featured in Kansas City Star

SEPTEMBER 14, 2010

IEI's Executive Director, Michael Song is featured in a news story in the Kansas City Star which also highlights the outstanding achievements which the Institute has achieved in such a short amount of time.


Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Named Model Program

august 26, 2010

Once again, the UMKC Bloch School's IEI is keeping company with the best in the nation for entrepreneurship education.


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