Incubators

A wet laboratory incubator is a highly specialized economic development tool designed to accelerate the growth and success of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services.

Business incubation catalyzes the process of starting and growing companies providing entrepreneurs with the expertise, networks and tools they need to make their ventures successful. Incubation programs diversify economies, commercialize technologies, create jobs and build wealth.

An incubator’s main goal is to produce successful firms that graduate from the program as financially viable and freestanding businesses. These incubator “graduates” create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, commercialize critical new technologies and strengthen local and national economies.

Critical to the general definition of an incubator is on-site management, which develops and orchestrates business, marketing and management resources tailored to a company’s needs. Incubators usually also provide clients access to appropriate rental space and flexible leases, shared basic office services and equipment, technology support services, and assistance in obtaining the financing necessary for company growth.

Products and Services

Tenants of a regional wet laboratory incubator require a full range of business development and support services. Those directly provided include:

  • Access to Technology Assessment Resources
  • Grant Writing Support (e.g., SBIR/STTR)
  • Identification and Introduction to Funding Sources
  • Strategic Planning
  • Market Research
  • Marketing and Public Relations Support
  • Identification and Introduction to Potential Mentors/Advisors
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Access to Public Assistance Programs

Tenants also have access to business development services provided by other regional technology transfer and commercialization organizations. These include:

  • Access to Technology Assessment Resources
  • Grant Writing Support (e.g., SBIR/STTR)
  • Identification and Introduction to Funding Sources
  • Strategic Planning
  • Market Research
  • Marketing and Public Relations Support
  • Identification and Introduction to Potential Mentors/Advisors
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Access to Public Assistance Programs

Incubator and New Business Facilities – Existing

Bioscience & Technology Business Center (BTBC) Main Facility
The BTBC Main Facility is a 21,400 square foot facility located on the University of Kansas (KU) West Campus in Lawrence, Kansas.  The BTBC provides wet lab and office space, and professional business services to emerging bioscience and technology companies, spinouts from the University of Kansas, and KU research collaborations.  The BTBC is a unique partnership between the City of Lawrence, Douglas County, the Kansas Bioscience Authority, and KU.

Bioscience & Technology Business Center (BTBC) Expansion Facility
The BTBC Expansion Facility is located 10 minutes from the Main Facility in Lawrence, Kansas and includes an additional 14,000 square feet of private tenant space suited for Main Facility graduates, tenants with larger space needs, and companies seeking GMP-capable space.

Bioscience & Technology Business Center (BTBC) – KUMC Facility
The BTBC-KUMC Facility is located on the Kansas University Medical Center Campus in Kansas City, Kansas.  The building is comprised of 15,000 of office and wet lab space adjacent to the KUMC Hospital.  It is newly renovated for emerging bioscience and technology startups, university startups and collaborations, and companies seeking to locate close to a clinical trials site located at the KUMC Hospital.

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is a mixed-use incubator located on the Northwest Missouri State University campus in Maryville.  The CIE is a service-oriented incubator connecting industry and academics which offers wet labs, state-of-the-art research facilities, including a shared scientific instrument laboratory, a commercial analytical lab with a research chemist, and tailored support for business acceleration.  The CIE also contains the nanoscience BS degree laboratories.

Christopher S. “Kit” Bond Science and Technology Incubator
The 25,000 square foot wet laboratory incubator is located at Missouri Western State University (MWSU) and operated by the Institute for Industrial and Applied Life Sciences [IIALS, an independent 501(c)(3) organization] under a long term management agreement as a state-affiliated Innovation Center. The incubator has a primary focus on animal health and nutrition start-up companies, seeking to leverage St. Joseph’s long history in this sector and the facility’s central location within the Animal Health Corridor.

Enterprise Center of Johnson County
The Enterprise Center of Johnson County (ECJC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded in 1994 and funded by Johnson County, the Kansas Department of Commerce, user fees, and private sponsors. The 13,622 square foot Lenexa facility focuses on providing affordable resources and services to early stage, high-return growth companies in the IT, biotechnology, clean technology, healthcare IT, and mobile application sectors.

Independence Regional Ennovation Center
The Independence Regional Ennovation Center is included in a renovation of the former Independence Regional Health Center (IHRC) on Truman Road.  The 12,000 square foot facility includes office space, common areas, and eight laboratories of varying sizes (600 to 1300 square feet).  In addition to the life sciences-focused wet laboratory incubator, the Ennovation Center also house a culinary business incubator equipped with several commercial kitchens.

Kansas Bioscience Park Venture Accelerator
The Kansas Bioscience Authority operates the Kansas Bioscience Park Venture Accelerator, located near College Boulevard and Valley Road in Olathe, Kan. The 38,773-square-foot building, which is adjacent to the K-State Olathe Innovation Campus, is available for bioscience companies and offers labs, office space and shared equipment, as well as ready access to Kansas Bioscience Authority business development experts.

Lawrence Regional Technology Center
The Lawrence Regional Technology Center (LRTC) is a nonprofit small business incubator that offers valuable resources and services to support the formation and growth of high-tech start-up companies in Lawrence and the surrounding communities.  LRTC works with all types of technology-based companies, with a particular focus on life sciences, information technology, communications, software and services, and advanced materials.

Manhattan-Kansas State Innovation Center
Manhattan-Kansas State Innovation Center The Innovation Center is a 30,000 square foot wet laboratory incubator on the Kansas State University campus, owned by the City of Manhattan,  and managed by the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization (KSU-IC).  The facility was funded by an initial $5.6M City investment complemented by a $1M KBA grant to the city for laboratory fit out and technology. The City of Manhattan also owns the Kansas Entrepreneurial Center, a 16,000 square foot wet lab incubator facility.  This facility was renovated by the KEC partnership which consists of the City of Manhattan, the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, the Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation, KSU-IC and the North Central Kansas Regional Planning Commission (Beloit, KS).  The facility is managed by the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce for the City of Manhattan.

MU Life Science Incubator at Monsanto Place
This 33,000 square feet facility opened in 2009 in Columbia, Missouri and is currently home to 15 high tech ventures.  These companies participate in the technology commercialization program offered at this facility.  Ten of the resident companies are home-grown ventures, most of them Mizzou spin-off companies;  five were recruited to the area; and four of those are international.  The business incubator in Columbia is a National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) designated International Soft Landings Incubator, offering specialized programs for non-domestic startups entering the US market, and is the only such incubator in the mid-west.   The facility is owned by the University of Missouri and managed by the Missouri Innovation Center, an independent non-profit organization focused on technology based economic development.