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Maria Meyers


Maria Meyers is executive director of KCSourceLink, which connects a network of more than 250 business-development resources in the Kansas City region, and founder of SourceLink, a network helping communities across the country build vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Meyers currently heads the University of Missouri-Kansas City Innovation Center. She has been at UMKC since 2003, when she crafted a public-private partnership to launch the venture that became known as KCSourceLink. Since then she has collaborated with the community to connect entrepreneurs to help, fill in service gaps and measure the development and impact of KC's entrepreneurial infrastructure. Meyers has held positions in a variety of start-up and large companies, and has a degree in physics from Iowa State University.

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