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Commerce Announces $390,000 in Emergency HEAL Grant Funding Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced more than $390,000 in Emergency Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (E-HEAL) grants has been awarded to five recipients. More than $770,000 private local matching funds will be added to that total, to help bring rural downtown buildings back from likely demolition or collapse – and rehabilitate them back into productive use. Kansas Main Street Selects Eight Rural Communities for New Housing Grant Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced eight inaugural grant recipients of the Residential Opportunities on Main Street (ROOMS) program. A total of eight projects in Designated Kansas Main Street communities are receiving $50,000 each to create a total of 35 new residential units in the upper floors of downtown buildings. Kansas Nonprofits Receive More than $4M in Community Service Program Tax Credits Governor Laura Kelly announced today that $4.1 million in Community Service Program (CSP) Tax Credits have been awarded to support the fundraising efforts of 26 nonprofit organizations across Kansas. These funds will enhance local access to quality childcare, healthcare, education, arts, and housing services. Kansas Earns Gold Shovel Award for Fourth Consecutive Year Governor Laura Kelly announced today that Kansas has garnered Area Development magazine’s coveted Gold Shovel Award for the fourth year in a row. The latest accolade—without precedent in state history—reflects the economic development success the state has experienced under the Kelly administration. View All


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Welcome to the Kansas
Office Of Innovation

Established in 2021 and guided by the Kansas motto of ‘Ad Astra per Aspera’, the Kansas Office of Innovation’s mission is to cultivate a dynamic innovation ecosystem across Kansas. Through strategic initiatives, thoughtfully designed programs and collaborative partnerships—KOI stands as a beacon for a bold and innovative future empowering Kansas innovators to reach new heights.

The Kansas Office of Innovation provides resources and guidance to help Kansas businesses thrive in the global economy as well as on main street. The office also collaborates with other state agencies, universities, research institutions, and private sector organizations to support innovation across different sectors and regions of Kansas.

The following are the current priorities of the Kansas Office of Innovation and its partners.  These are always changing, adapting, and growing as Innovative Kansans continue tackle the hard issues facing their communities and businesses. 

Small Business R&D Acceleration Grants

The Small Business R&D Acceleration Grants are designed to assist Kansas small businesses in advancing a product or service to commercialization; modifying a product or service to enter a new market; or gaining a new client by leveraging higher education facilities, equipment and expertise.

Kansas Angel Investor Tax Credit Program

The KAITC Program is designed to bring together accredited angel investors with qualified Kansas companies seeking early stage investment. The “Kansas Angels” program helps provide access to capital for Kansas start-ups.” 

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Brandon Hutton, Director of Advanced Technology


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Rachèll Rowand, Program Manager


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Joseph Mwagura, Director of Data and Research


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Cory Lee Keller, Director of Cybersecurity Cluster Development


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Kansas Office of Innovation

The Office of Innovation is dedicated to driving sustainable economic growth across Kansas by strategically fostering innovation in key sectors. We are committed to pioneering initiatives that propel targeted industries forward, cultivating a dynamic environment where businesses flourish, communities prosper, and the spirit of innovation becomes the catalyst for positive change.