15 10, 2020

UMSL begins business accelerator program geared toward underrepresented entrepreneurs

By |2020-10-15T09:43:05+00:00October 15th, 2020|Missouri|0 Comments

The University of Missouri-St. Louis’ entrepreneurship program, UMSL Accelerate, announced the launch Tuesday of a new business accelerator aimed at supporting founders of emerging companies who come from underrepresented backgrounds and marginalized communities. Called the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Accelerator, the application-based initiative is open to founders of early stage startup companies that “positively impact [...]

30 01, 2020

A ‘choose your own’ entrepreneurial adventure | Washington University in St. Louis

By |2020-01-30T09:00:07+00:00January 30th, 2020|Missouri, Student Funds|0 Comments

Washington University in St. Louis offers a rich ecosystem of support for budding innovators on campus and is consistently recognized nationally for its excellence in educating and preparing the next generation of entrepreneurs. A new program for undergraduates further deepens that commitment while directly connecting them to, and immersing them in, the St. Louis startup [...]

21 11, 2019

MU students to compete for $30,000 startup fund

By |2019-11-21T08:55:08+00:00November 21st, 2019|Missouri, Startup Fund|0 Comments

On Monday, 15 MU students will pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges in hopes of winning up to $30,000 in startup funding. This “Shark Tank”-style platform is part of MU’s Entrepreneur Quest Pitch Competition. According to an MU news release, “The EQ program is an opportunity for Mizzou students from any degree [...]

28 01, 2019

Southeast Missouri State University announces third annual Startup Pitch Competition

By |2019-01-28T09:55:17+00:00January 28th, 2019|Competition, Missouri|0 Comments

The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University announces the third annual Southeast Startup Pitch Competition will take place on May 1. The Startup Pitch Competition gives current full-time undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to develop real-world skills for an innovative new business idea. The incentive is a cash prize [...]

18 09, 2018

UM System launches accelerator program to foster, fund student business ideas 

By |2018-09-18T07:12:17+00:00September 18th, 2018|Missouri, Student Funds|0 Comments

Student entrepreneurs in the University of Missouri System could earn up to $30,000 in prize money thanks to a new systemwide initiative known as the Entrepreneur Quest Student Accelerator. The program, which UM System President Mun Choi announced Friday in his State of the University Address from Columbia, involves the University of Missouri–St. Louis and the system’s other three campuses. [...]

16 10, 2017

Missouri Innovation Center invests $125,000 in local startups 

By |2017-10-16T14:50:34+00:00October 16th, 2017|Missouri, State or Government|0 Comments

Chris Harbert didn’t expect to choke up during his business pitch at the Missouri Tech Challenge on Wednesday night at the Blue Note. In August, Harbert turned down a six-figure income at a Fortune 1000 company to focus on his business, Testery. Testery supports companies in running their own testing on web-based applications at an [...]

11 09, 2017

Missouri innovation fund would be big, bold bet on entrepreneurs

By |2017-09-11T13:12:44+00:00September 11th, 2017|Missouri|0 Comments

Gov. Eric Greitens wants Missouri to support entrepreneurs on a much larger scale than it ever has, but he doesn’t want bureaucrats picking winners and losers. His solution is something he’s calling a Missouri innovation fund, which would be launched with borrowed money and turned over to private fund managers. The money would flow through [...]

21 08, 2017

New MO regional chamber fund creates $5 million in seed capital for startups 

By |2017-08-21T13:35:52+00:00August 21st, 2017|Missouri, State or Government|0 Comments

The St. Louis Regional Chamber is partnering with local venture capital firms and banks to offer $5 million in seed capital for startups to spur economic development. Joe Reagan, the chamber’s president and CEO, announced the new Spirit of St. Louis Fund I at the chamber’s annual event Thursday night at Chaifetz Arena. Reagan said [...]

23 01, 2017

Firebrand Ventures partners with UMKC to cultivate entrepreneurs

By |2017-07-14T20:41:27+00:00January 23rd, 2017|Gap support programs, Missouri, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund|0 Comments

Firebrand Ventures has partnered with the University of Missouri-Kansas City to help local startup entrepreneurs. As part of the agreement, the Kansas City-based fund will offer graduates of UMKC’s E-Scholars program an opportunity to receive an investment from Firebrand starting in 2017. Housed under UMKC’s Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (RIEI), E-Scholars offers students [...]

5 12, 2016

St. Louis venture fund. RiverVest Venture Partners, makes $15 million bet on its hometown 

By |2016-12-05T07:14:58+00:00December 5th, 2016|Missouri, Venture Capital|0 Comments

When RiverVest Venture Partners opened its doors in 2000, hopes were high that it would be an important funding source for St. Louis’ nascent biotechnology industry. RiverVest went on to be a highly successful venture capital firm, managing $290 million and demonstrating a knack for identifying health care startups that would later go public or [...]