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KU Entrepreneurship Works for Kansas

The KU Entrepreneurship Works for KS Initiative is a joint project between the KU Center for Entrepreneurship in the School of Business and the Institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas. It is funded by a University Center Program grant from the Economic Development Administration with the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the KU University Center (UC) is to enhance economic conditions and drive employment in Kansas and the Midwest through unique and pragmatic programs in entrepreneurship, the biosciences, and technology. The KU UC leverages the university’s unique assets - faculty and staff expertise, student manpower, and informational resources, including GIS - to capitalize on economic enhancement opportunities.

The KU UC is available to work with both the private and public sectors to 1) identify new industries and businesses that can leverage the strengths of their region; 2) identify expansion opportunities for existing businesses; 3) provide technical assistance to help existing businesses accelerate growth; and 4) support local economic development organizations through sophisticated research, analytical business development tools, and strategic planning.


Specifically, the KU UC focuses on business and entrepreneurial development activities including: direct assistance to businesses and entrepreneurs, category and industry analysis, feasibility studies, market analysis for private sector investments, and business plan development. Technical assistance is delivered through UC staff and Jayhawk Consulting.

The UC also supports the development of RedTire, LCC, which is a new business venture to keep small businesses from shuttering in Kansas. An Entrepreneurship Certificate Program has been developed and expanded to all KU students and to Haskell Indian Nations University. The Catalyst, KU’s student business incubator, is a new initiative with the Bioscience & Technology Business Center (BTBC) that will provide student teams with resources critical to startup launch success.

The UC also conducts applied research, which focuses on studies that benefit economic and entrepreneurial development, capacity, and planning. Through IPSR, the UC supports regional development initiatives with information resources and analyses, including GIS and the development of a Kansas Regional Data Portal to assist with the CEDS process.

Contact Information

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Wallace W. Meyer, Jr.
Director of Entrepreneurship Programs
School of Business
Capitol Federal Hall, Room 1030E
1654 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
(785) 864-7583
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Genna Hurd
Associate Researcher
Institute for Policy & Social Research
1541 Lilac Lane, 607 Blake Hall
Lawrence, Kansas 66045-3129
(785) 864-4618

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