From Whiteboard to Boardroom

If you are interested in exploring new opportunities, have a technology you’d like to license, or would like to collaborate with university researchers,  read on!

The Whiteboard to Boardroom (W2B) Program was established in September 2009 with three-year funding from the National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for Innovation grant program.  The W2B program is a bi-state partnership of the following regional colleges and universities as founding members; University of Missouri Kansas City, University of Kansas, Johnson County Community College, and William Jewell College. The focus of the W2B program is to increase the entrepreneurial activity in the Kansas City Region by threading together existing regional technology commercialization programs in a seamless system resulting in new businesses and jobs. This is accomplished by identifying game changing technologies and processes and getting them into the hands of business owners and talented entrepreneurs, resulting in new projects and businesses that stay local and grow. The W2B also functions to integrate university, hospital and industry research into the existing entrepreneurial ecosystem. The W2B will become a clearinghouse for regional commercialization information that is available to innovators and companies alike to advance technologies to the marketplace. Please contact us if you are looking for an innovation to license into your existing company or want to form a new company based on an innovation. Denise Fields at fieldsdm@umkc.edu (816)-235- 816.235.6074 or Jim Baxendale at jbaxendale54@gmail.com (816)-235-6429.