KU Entrepreneurship Works for Kansas

The KU University Center is a collaborative effort led by 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.


The KU University Center (UC) utilizes university assets to strengthen innovation and competitiveness 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. Specifically, the KU UC combines the innovation, information, and policy resources of IPSR within KU’s Office of Research to create and deliver unique economic development programs. The UC recognizes the advantages of collaboration and the opportunity for increased impact in its economic development mission by working with a wide range of university, local, state, regional, and national organizations.

Learn how the #EDAUnivCenters program at the University of Kansas has helped to improve economic conditions in Kansas and the Midwest.


RedTire, LLC
Addresses business shuttering in the rural Midwest by matching retiring business owners with successors from Kansas and other key colleges in the region.
Commercializing University Research through Entrepreneurship (CURE)

CURE utilizes Startup School@KU to help entrepreneurs navigate the specific business issues unique to the life sciences industry.
The Catalyst
The Catalyst is a business accelerator that provides student entrepreneurs with resources critical to success, including access to resources with the KU Innovation Park.

Kansas Regional Data Portal

Data portal that assists Kansas regions with their CEDs and other economic development decision-making and planning.

Kansas State Data Center

IPSR is the SDC lead agency for Kansas. The SDC Program is on the U.S. Census Bureau’s longest and most successful partnerships.

Other Data Resources
Kansas Data
Kansas Statistical Abstract
County Profiles
Kansas Data

Contact Information

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Wallace W. Meyer, Jr.
Director, University Center and Senior Research Associate
Institute for Policy & Social Research
1541 Lilac Lane, 607 Blake Hall
Lawrence, Kansas 66045-3129
(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

Links on this page:

  1. ipsr@ku.edu