UMKC receives $2 million gift for to build Free Enterprise Center

04/30/2014 5:57 PM

04/30/2014 5:57 PM

A new Free Enterprise Center is a step closer for the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Volker Campus, thanks to a more than $2 million gift from the Robert W. Plaster Foundation.

The donation from the Plaster Foundation in Lebanon, Missouri, coupled with a $5 million pledge last fall from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will fund a portion of the $14.8 million Free Enterprise Center. The university is hoping half of the funding will come from the state.

The center, to be built at 215 Volker Blvd. near Russell Stover Candies, is to be a product development hub. Its doors will be open to entrepreneurs, local industry, and high school and college students with business ventures. It will house laboratory space, rapid prototyping equipment and meeting rooms.

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