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Innovation Lab

Are you passionate about entrepreneurship? Do you have a great business idea? Do you want to jump start your college career? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, we want to tell you about the Regnier Institute's Summer Scholars program. We will select up to 30 freshman and sophomore students per year to participate in this 2 week intensive course. The first half will introduce you to entrepreneurial processes, theories, and resources that will prepare you for an entrepreneurial career. The second half will focus on venture creation, culminating in a pitch contest at the end of the week.

Participants in the Summer Scholars program will receive three credit hours that will count for the ENT 215/315 Introduction to Entrepreneurship course requirement. Each student is eligible to receive a scholarship up to the cost of the course.

Don't let this outstanding opportunity pass you by. Apply today to reserve your spot or contact Ben Williams at with any questions.

Applications are now closed and will reopen in February 2018.


When does the program run?
The program runs for 2 weeks during the UMKC summer session. Each day will start at 10am and finish at 3pm.

How much does the program cost?
The tuition is the same as a full 3 credit summer course. Each student is eligible to receive a scholarship equal to the cost of 3 in-state credit hours, applicable specifically to this course.

I live out of town, will there be housing?
Housing is available on an as-needed basis. Please contact us if this is the case for you.

Can I apply for the program if I am a transfer student?
Absolutely, the program is open to students going into their freshman or sophomore years. They can be new students, ongoing UMKC students, or transfer students, as long as they plan on attending UMKC the following semester.

Summer Scholars

First Half

  • Understanding Entrepreneurship Do you have what it takes?

  • Opportunity recognition and assessment

  • Types of Entrepreneurship

  • Creating Opportunity

  • Business Model Canvas

Second Half

  • Business Forms and Legal Issues

  • Building and financing the venture

  • Entrepreneurial Field Trips - 1 Million Cups, Startup Village, ThinkBig, Sprint Accelerator

  • Business Plan Presentations

Questions may be directed to Ben Williams, at

Resumes and cover letters should be sent to