Maria Meyers is passionate about finding business development resources and getting entrepreneurs to the right resource at the right time. She heads the University of Missouri – Kansas City Innovation Center which organizes a variety of university supported business outreach services into a single organization. With a focus on technology commercialization, the Center connects university researchers with the community to ignite collaborative partnerships leading to new innovations and business growth. The Center also supports thousands of community members every year in starting and growing businesses.
Maria has been at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) since 2003, when she crafted a public-private partnership to launch a venture that became known as KCSourceLink. KCSourceLink connects a network of more than 180 resources in the Kansas City region that can help small businesses start and grow.
The successful launch in Kansas City led Meyers and her team to take the network nationwide through U.S.SourceLink. Adopted in many regions across the country, the U.S.SourceLink system is now America’s largest resource network for entrepreneurs. In Missouri, MOSourceLInk connects over 400 resources providing Missouri entrepreneurs easy access to resources for business growth and development.
At UMKC, Meyers was also instrumental in the creation of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, establishing entrepreneurship as a mainstream field of study that now offers BBA, MBA and PhD degree concentrations in entrepreneurship. She has also held positions in a variety of start-up and large companies including Chief Operating Officer for both an early stage biotech company and during the $240 million project to create Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, MO. She has also served as an IT director for a telecommunications start-up. Previous experience includes sales and consulting for Digital Equipment Corporation and large-scale system development for organizations like Westinghouse and Banker’s Life Nebraska.