Category Archives: Regional Partners

St. Louis University Center for Entrepreneurship

The Center for Entrepreneurship (CE), across-campus, cross-community resource for entrepreneurs and private business owners, is one of the oldest and most honored entrepreneurship centers in the nation.

The goal of Saint Louis University’s Entrepreneurship Center is to help entrepreneurs combine their passion with the planning skill taught in a world-class institution, to produce high-performance organizations. Our mission is: to deliver and develop world-class entrepreneurship education for all.

Center for Entrepreneuship has been a national leader in developing and delivering innovative programs to promote entrepreneurship through education. Our nationally-ranked programs promote economic growth by encompassing “Passion. Compassion. Planning. Performance.”

The Venture Mentoring Service of Innovate St. Louis

The mission of Innovate VMS is to build a community of successful entrepreneurs through networking and team-based mentoring of innovative new ventures at no cost by experienced serial entrepreneurs and business persons within the metropolitan St. Louis area.

Innovate VMS wants to educate innovators, entrepreneurs and the public about how great ideas become viable business endeavors and to better collaborate and help build the entrepreneurial eco-system necessary to make the greater St. Louis region an international hub of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Information Technnology Entrepreneur Network

The IT Entrepreneur Network (ITEN) is an initiative of the St. Louis IT Coalition and Innovate St. Louis started in April of 2008 to be a catalyst for the emergence of a thriving and robust entrepreneurial community that creates successful IT ventures.

ITEN has two offices: one near the airport at IT Enterprises, and the other downtown at T-Rex.  Sometimes we’re at one, sometimes the other and sometimes both (and very occasionally neither).

Center for Emerging Technologies

CET provides the specialized facilities, knowledgeable support services, entrepreneur training programs, and access to capital needed to establish and develop next generation medical and other advanced technology companies.

In only thirteen years, CET has grown to encompass 92,000 SF of incubator/accelerator space in two rehabbed buildings.

CET companies have obtained $1.25 billion in funding from investors, grants and revenues, more than $700 million while at CET.

CET has been a key member of a St. Louis public-private-three university partnership focused on creating all of the elements needed to commercialize innovations through new companies, grow a competitive life science industry cluster, and be a leading center of tech-based economic development.

CET staff members have been actively engaged in national initiatives to devise and promote best practices for funding translational research and development, technology transfer, biomedical incubators and university-industry-small company research collaborations.


Five premier educational and research institutions joined forces to create Cortex, a not-for-profit organization. With their initiative, and ever expanding community support, Cortex is destined to become the regional and national hub for life science research, development and commercialization.

Anchor institutions include: Stereotaxis and Washington University’s Center for Applied Nanomedicine.

Bio-Research & Development Growth Park

The Bio-Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park at the Danforth Plant Science Center helps life sciences and clean-tech companies bridge research, resources and relationships to achieve commercial success.

World-class wet labs, office space and on-site workforce training at BRDG Park (pronounced BRIDGE PARK) are just the beginning. BRDG Park takes maximum advantage of its location on the campus of the Danforth Center and the region’s robust scientific capital.

BRDG Park offers emerging scientific enterprises just the right combination – interactions between top scientists and access to state-of-the-art core facilities such as technologically advanced greenhouses, growth chambers, microscopy, proteomics, and tissue transformation facilities, as well as other vital resources.

Located in suburban St. Louis County, Missouri, the multi-building BRDG Park campus is being developed by Wexford Science+Technology, a privately held real estate development and investment company that has developed six major research parks nationwide.

Helix Center

The Helix Center is a Supportive Environment for Businesses and part of the St. Louis County Economic Council.

Looking for an opportunity to accelerate the growth of your startup bioscience, technology or plant and life science business? You’ll find affordable wet labs, dry labs, office space and so much more – nurturing, mentoring, financing, and collaboration – at Helix Center Biotech Incubator.

Nidus Partners

Nidus Partners LP is a unique collaboration between experienced entrepreneurs and strategic corporations to identify and commercialize innovative technologies broadly impacting the energy markets.

The partnership provides seed funding, entrepreneurial experience and market input to identify and manage the key risks in advancing early technology towards commercialization.

Collaborating with Corporate Partners gives Nidus’ entrepreneurs insight into not only what the market needs but also early access to “likely buyers,” improving the prospect of a return on investment.

The St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA)

The St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA) connects business and civic communities in the 16-county, bi-state region. Whether supporting public policy and infrastructure initiatives, or attracting new jobs, capital and talent — the RCGA is leading the way to a Greater St. Louis.

The St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) has three primary roles: 1) to serve as the regional chamber of commerce for our member companies; 2) to serve as the bi-state region’s lead economic development organization; and 3) to investigate and support public policy initiatives that help the region thrive and grow.

The RCGA evolved into its current form in 1973, with the merger of three organizations: the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis, the St. Louis Regional Industrial Development Corporation, and the St. Louis Research Council. This combination helped unite the voice of business in supporting public policy and civic initiatives that make the region ideal for expansion, location and entrepreneurship.

Small Business and Technology Development Centers

SBTDCs are located throughout the United States at institutions of higher learning. Their focus is to create economic impact through the counseling and training of businesses with fewer than 500 employees.

Functions of the Small Business and Technology Development Center include:

  • Provides pragmatic, individual counseling to small business firms and individuals throughout northwest Missouri
  • Coordinates and conducts research into technical and general small business problems.
  • Conducts conferences and workshops at a nominal charge on various topics of interest to the owners of small business.

St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment

SLATE is the City of St. Louis government agency that offers job seekers and businesses a variety of no-cost services related to employment, job training, and career advancement.

SLATE offers businesses a variety of human resource assistance at no cost. Regardless of the size or stage of a business, SLATE can help meet the recruiting, hiring and retention needs of entrepreneurs, and business owners. SLATE’s services for businesses can be accessed at two SLATE Missouri Career Centers located in Downtown and Central West End. Services include:

  • Posting job orders on
  • Recruiting
  • Pre-screening candidates
  • Employee retention
  • On-site office space for meetings and interviewing
  • Training Funds
  • Labor market / wage information
  • Financial Incentives

St. Louis High Performance Computing

STLHPC was founded in March 2011 and has quickly become the focal point for High Performance Computing (HPC) activity in St. Louis.

Through our LinkedIn group, on Twitter & Facebook and at local events, is connecting individuals and organizations in the St. Louis HPC ecosystem.  Our mission is to strengthen St. Louis by spotlighting, connecting and building upon local HPC expertise and helping local organizations leverage HPC.


TEC @ Railroad Exchange Building (T-REx) is a low-cost, flexible-lease space with plastic plants and internet, oriented to the nascent IT startup entrepreneur.  T-REx, where you go “to build something gigantic”, is underwritten by three not-for-profit economic development organizations: Partnership for Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District, the St. Louis Development Corporation and the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association.


BioSTL fosters collaborative efforts to advance innovation & entrepreneurship that build on St. Louis’ world-class medical & plant biosciences.

Areas where BioSTL will take the lead in execution include:

  • Building regional capacity in capital and entrepreneurship in the biosciences, including training and recruiting entrepreneurs and increasing venture capital investment in the region.
  • Marketing and branding St. Louis biosciences to local and national audiences.
  • Data collection to help market St. Louis’ assets and to connect scientific and business talent with jobs in emerging companies.
  • Government relations and setting state and national legislative priorities.
  • Guiding regional efforts to apply for large-scale public and private grants.

BioSTL ensures the St. Louis biosciences community is speaking with a single, coherent voice to the public, policymakers and funders.


BioGenerator is a privately funded, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created to facilitate the formation of science companies in the St. Louis region. Founded in 2003, BioGenerator has been funded through the generosity of the McDonnell Family Foundation, the Danforth Foundation, Bunge North America, the Monsanto Fund and CORTEX. BioGenerator’s mission is to support economic development and job growth in the St. Louis region.

To accomplish this, BioGenerator identifies promising technologies and services, and works with the researcher or entrepreneur to build a successful and sustainable company. BioGenerator provides assistance, possibly with pre-seed or seed funding, at the early stages of new company formation, with continued support to milestones of follow-on funding or sustainable revenue.

BioGenerator provides crucial financial support for new company formation. These funds often allow early stage technology companies to hire their first employees, establish laboratories, and begin driving toward milestones critical in the development of a product or service. Venture capital investors often do not invest until 2-3 years later in the business development process, making BioGenerator funds critical to technology development and commercialization in the region.


MoFAST is a partnership among the U.S. Small Business Administration, University of Missouri Extension, Missouri Department of Economic Development and its partners to bring government research and development awards to your small business.

Our goal is to help Missouri companies become aware of the SBIR/STTR program, assist in preparing successful proposals, implement Phase II technical/business proposal assistance program, and assist in Phase III management and commercialization.

Seasoned business specialists provide these services with specific expertise in SBIR/STTR programs, business assistance and development, corporate management and federal procurement procedures.