Startups Meet Big Business

ITEN Introduces New Program That Partners Corporations with Tech Startups (ST. LOUIS) July 8, 2015 – ITEN ( is excited to announce the launch of its new Corporate Engagement Program (CEP) aimed at bringing together two complementary communities – established corporations and tech startups. The CEP seeks to foster symbiotic … Read More

ITEN Graduates Two More Companies from the Mock Angel Program

ITEN has two more Mock Angel graduate companies to add to its roster. MyWay Paint and Bandura System have passed both the rigor of the Mock Angel pitch presentation review as well as completing a due diligence process for investors. ITEN has notified its investor networks that MyWay Paint and Bandura Systems … Read More

MeterGenius and PenPath Have graduated from Mock Angel Program

ITEN is very happy to announce that two more great ventures have graduated from our Mock Angel program. MeterGenius and PenPath have completed the very challenging program and are now following up with investors to scale their businesses to the next level. PenPath is led by Founder and CEO Alex … Read More

Song of the Swan

It’s a privilege to have been the leader of ITEN for the past 7+ years. I feel very grateful for the wonderful people I’ve been able to work with: entrepreneurs, mentors, service providers, sponsors, and the great staff and team of EIRs we’ve been able to assemble. I also feel … Read More

Mentoring: It May be Free, But it Still Takes Work!

Thanks to great organizations like ITEN and GatewayVMS there are established pools of volunteer mentors available and offering free assistance to start-up companies. I have had the fortunate experience of being on both sides of the mentoring table – as a mentee and mentor. And as you might expect, I … Read More


ITEN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JIM BRASUNAS ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT, FRANCIS CHMELIR APPOINTED INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR   Mr. Jim Brasunas ST. LOUIS, May 11, 2015 – Jim Brasunas, the visionary Executive Director of ITEN who has held that post since the organization was founded in April 2008, has announced his retirement effective … Read More

Thoughts on Mentorship from Entrepreneur In Residence

As of April 1, ITEN is 7 years old! What a difference in the St. Louis tech echosystem since our early days back in 2008. ITEN has interacted with over five hundred startup tech ventures in our region since inception and a few recurring questions always come up from our … Read More


Tech Startup Support Organization named one of six recipients of Gateway to Innovation Cash Awards (ST. LOUIS) April 7, 2015 – On April 6, 2015, ITEN (, a 501(c)3 organization that provides a precedent-setting structure for entrepreneurs to contribute to the growth and success of the St. Louis startup ecosystem, … Read More


Tom Hillman of FTL Capital Partners and Lewis and Clark Ventures Joins ITEN in Support of Tech Startups (ST. LOUIS) April 21, 2015 – The dynamic team at ITEN (, a 501(c)3 organization that provides a precedent-setting structure for entrepreneurs to contribute to the growth and success of the St. … Read More