COLUMBIA, MO – The Missouri Innovation Center (MIC) is honored to be among the eight recipients of the most recently awarded funding through the Missouri Building Entrepreneurial Capacity (MOBEC) grant program by the Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC).  As part of MTC’s initiative to enhance Missouri’s innovation economy and entrepreneurial capacity, the MOBEC grant program targets organizations that align with the strategic goals set forth in the MTC Catalyzing Innovation Report, expanding the state’s entrepreneurial capacity and growing its innovation economy.

The MIC’s mission is to support and empower entrepreneurs in Mid-Missouri, aiding in the creation of high-growth ventures that positively impact lives and stimulate the economy. We offer high-growth entrepreneurs access to customized mentoring and coaching and incubation facilities, including wet laboratories, shared lab equipment and resources, and office spaces. Through this MOBEC Operations Grant, MIC will enhance our current incubation support services launching three new pivotal programs to further support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in our region.

The Missouri Innovation Center is grateful for the support from MTC and looks forward to making the most of the MOBEC Operations Grant to enhance our impact. Together, we are paving the way for a more innovative and prosperous Missouri.

For more information about the Missouri Innovation Center and its upcoming programs, please visit


About Sheila Baker

Sheila Baker earned her B.S. degree in chemistry from Georgia Southern University and her Ph.D. from The State University of New York at Buffalo. She has over 20 years of experience in scientific research at various settings including National Laboratories, the University of Missouri (MU), and a life sciences start-up company. She worked as an assistant professor at MU pursuing environmental research and teaching including a course on Patent Fundamentals for Scientists. She earned her Online Teaching Certification from MU and her Incubator Management Certificate from the International Business Innovation Association. in 2023, she joined the Missouri Innovation Center as the VP & COO.