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Entrepreneurship/Incubators

Businesses choosing to locate within the Kansas Research Nexus, a corridor extending from Lawrence to Topeka to Manhattan benefit from proximity to world-class university researchers and the presence of two major business incubators – the Bioscience and Technology Business Center and the K-State Institute for Commercialization.


Lawrence

In Lawrence, the Bioscience and Technology Business Center (BTBC) main facility opened in August 2010. Located on the west campus of the University of Kansas, the BTBC has expanded to include two off-site facilities making in the largest business incubator network in the state. Combined, the BTBC Mail Facility, Expansion Facility and KU Medical Center facilities total nearly 70,000 sq. ft. and are home to more than 85 employees.

The BTBC is the result of a unique partnership between the City of Lawrence, Douglas County, the University of Kansas and the Kansas Bioscience Authority. The BTBC reached 100 percent occupancy within 16 months of its opening and planning is now under way for Phase II development which would see the construction of an additional 20,000–30,000 sq. ft. of space.

In addition to providing start-up businesses with state-of-the-art lab and office space, the BTBC provides the expertise required to maximize the opportunity to succeed. For more information about the BTBC, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Manhattan

In Manhattan, businesses can take advantage of the capabilities of the K-State Institute for Commercialization and the Kansas Entrepreneurial Center.

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce manages the Kansas Entrepreneurial Center, offering competitive rental prices in a facility with 6,000 sq. ft. each of office and lab space. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Incubation space includes the Manhattan/K-State Innovation Center (KSU-IC), a 35,000 square foot building located on campus, owned by the City of Manhattan and managed by KSU-IC. It is a state-of-the-art facility comprised of a combination of wet lab, dry lab and office space.

K-State presently offers a major in Entrepreneurship and will soon offer a minor as well.


Topeka

The Topeka/Shawnee County First Opportunity Fund (T/SCFOF) was created to improve the community and its economic opportunity through job creation, expansion, strengthening and financing of small business enterprises. It supports building capacity among entrepreneurs and increasing employment opportunities, especially for disadvantaged populations. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Specific services offered by the incubators include:

  • Access to university researchers and capabilities
  • Education and networking with other entrepreneurs
  • Business services including grant writing, market research and strategic planning
  • Assessing opportunities
  • Access to capital raising opportunities

 


The incubators and entrepreneur support capabilities found in Lawrence, Manhattan and Topeka support the spirit of entrepreneurship with business development services, modern office and wet lab space, capital investment and most important, access to researchers and the resources of the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Washburn University.