ITEN is an initiative of Innovate St. Louis, a 501( c )3 not for profit corporation. ITEN was founded in April of 2008 as the catalyst of the regional IT ecosystem. We accelerate scalable tech startups with programs for rapid product development, connections to talent, essential networking, and access to funding. ITEN’s offerings are designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs and require neither payment nor equity from the startups we serve.
We serve over 220 start-up ventures and involve more than 70 volunteer mentors. ITEN's programs form a venture roadmap from concept through design, prototype, launch, revenue, funding and rapid scaling. Guidance from serial entrepreneurs, subject matter experts and important community influencers helps entrepreneurs focus on essential critical tasks and avoid wasted efforts. Access to investors, key service providers and qualified talent means lower barriers to rapid growth. Designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, requiring neither payment nor equity, ITEN is a unique community asset and a proven route to venture success.