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The W2B has become a clearinghouse for regional commercialization information that is available to innovators and companies alike to advance technologies to the marketplace.

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  • Whiteboard2Boardroom efforts result in 129 jobs, 35 new startups

    Date: Sep 27, 2017

    Whiteboard2Boardroom has facilitated 35 new startups since its inception, and the companies it works with have created 129 new jobs and raised $26.2 million in follow-on funding. W2B was founded in 2009 by a National Science Foundation Partnership for Innovation Grant to the UMKC Innovation Center to make the right technology connections between research institutions, hospitals, corporations and entrepreneurs.

    “Whiteboard2Boardroom is doing exactly what we had envisioned when we looked for a new way to spur commercialization of innovations in the metro Kansas City area,” said Jim Baxendale, W2B director. “We are able to give entrepreneurs and corporations a very early look at the innovations coming out of area universities, research institutions and hospitals. We help identify homegrown innovations and match them with entrepreneurs who can take them to market.”



  • BossDNA Taps Resource Network

    Date: Feb 27, 2017

    The concept for BossDNA, like so many entrepreneurial ideas, was born out of a problem. The inventors – Jonathan Davenport, Wondabeka Ashenafi and Austin Wilcox – were all college level athletes working out at an athletic facility in Lee’s Summit, a distance from their homes in midtown.

    “We had to bring all these proteins with us in baggies, and the shaker bottle on top of that, just to get our nutrition in right after workout. We’d all had experiences with bad shakers and not being able to store the supplements. Once day, coming back from a workout, we were like, ‘why don’t we create our own mixer bottle?’

    “That’s where BossDNA started. We came up with a name on the way back.”


  • Tech Snapshots Showcases Regional Innovations

    Date: Feb 06, 2017
    Whiteboard2Boardroom hosted its first Technology Snapshots event featuring 12 homegrown innovations from eight universities, hospitals and corporations. The event was held Jan. 11 at the Kauffman Foundation for a select, invitation-only audience. 

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  • Kansas City Inventor Seeks To Replace Ubiquitous Football Equipment With Laser Technology

    Date: Sep 21, 2015
    Read how the inventor of Laszer Down, a Whiteboard2Boardroom success story, developed his idea into a ​commercialized technology and how he plans to market it to the NFL.
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  • Whiteboard2Boardroom Overview Video

    Date: May 07, 2015
  • Kansas City Area Life Science Institute, a W2B company

    Date: Apr 13, 2015

    Kansas City Area Life Science Institute discusses how the Whiteboard2Boardroom program facilitates the transfer of technology.

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  • Find Your Idea with the Tech Transfer Process - Podcast

    Date: Dec 09, 2014

    Jim Baxendale of Whiteboard2Boardroom recently sat down with to discuss the technology transfer process.

    Listen to the podcast here.

  • Supporting Innovation Initiatives at Rockhurst University

    Date: Nov 18, 2014

    Whiteboard2Boardroom lends a helping hand at an innovation and entrepreneurship workshop, hosted by Rockhurst University.

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