FINDING DEVELOPERS by Jason Ashton (an ITEN Mentor)

Since a large majority of tech startups today involve some kind of Application Development (App Dev) I find it troubling that so many startups that I’ve mentored and/or hear about, struggle so much with finding (and keeping) application developers that “work out” or more importantly, “align with” their vision. I’ve … Read More

GiftAMeal Graduates from ITEN’s Mock Angel Program

ITEN Mock Angels

Congratulations to GiftAMeal! ITEN’s first member company in 2018 to become a Mock Angel Graduate! GiftAMeal ( is a for-profit restaurant marketing platform that promotes restaurants by giving back. Each time a user takes a photo on the GiftAMeal mobile application, a meal is provided to someone in need through … Read More

Elaine Queathem joins ITEN as Lead EIR for Corporate Innovation Program

The success of ITEN’s Corporate Innovation Program pilot is providing the platform to expand the program in the Midwest (ST. LOUIS) October 30, 2017 – ITEN ( is excited to announce that Elaine Queathem is joining the ITEN team as the lead Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) for our Corporate Innovation … Read More

ITEN Names Mary Louise Helbig Executive Director

 ST. LOUIS, July 31, 2017 – The ITEN Board of Directors has appointed Mary Louise Helbig the new Executive Director of the not-for-profit organization, effective immediately. After an extensive search, the Board determined the strongest candidate was among ITEN’s group of experienced Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs).  Mary Louise has been deeply involved with … Read More

How St. Louis has become a startup mecca

By David Strom Over the past several years, St. Louis has been recognized by a number of national publications as one of the fastest growing startup locations in the country. Having lived here for more than a decade, I have observed this first-hand, working as a volunteer mentor to dozens … Read More

Lessons learned from building software at scale

So you have read The Lean Startup. Suffered through following several agile blogs (such as this one). You think you are ready to join the cool kids and have product scrums and stand-up meetings and all that other stuff. Now you need an implementation plan. Maybe it is time to read … Read More