Entrepreneur Ecosystem Building by the Numbers

November 22, 2019 – When a community works together to support its startups, it shows in the numbers.  ITEN is a self-proclaimed entrepreneur ecosystem builder.  On a daily basis we work with other Entrepreneur Support Organizations (ESOs), universities and corporations to help St. Louis area entrepreneurs launch successful new tech ventures.  We cross-refer startups with our ecosystem partners such as Square One, Arch Grants, Capital Innovators, BioGenerator, and many more. Recent accomplishments of the ITEN member startups we support demonstrates how our ecosystem works together to advance tech startups  within the STL region.  In just the last 90 days, ITEN startup company activity includes:

  • 2 of 5 participants in Capital Innovators, who were the only women-led companies
  • 4 of 4 presenters in the OPO Demo Day
  • 4 of 6 chosen to pitch and 2 taking 1st & 2nd place at PitchForce
  • 5 of 5 participants in the MAC Tank Pitch Competition
  • 14 finalists, and 8 of the 20 Arch Grants recipients
  • $3M raised by Balto
  • $3.5M raised by Ryvitfrom STL-based investors
  • $4M raised by PopWallet

In 11 years, we have supported over 1,000 startups who have created thousands of jobs and raised over $200M in investment funding.  We are actively working with almost over 170 tech entrepreneurs providing them educational programs and tools and access to a robust network of 70 subject-matter-expert mentors. 

We work collaboratively and in partnership with the 90+ different entrepreneur support organizations in the St. Louis area.  Check out our downloadable Tech Ecosystem Map and the new online version of the Digital Map, with convenient links to the extensive resources available to tech entrepreneurs in the STL region.  If you are an entrepreneur who is starting a scalable tech company please reach out to us.  We will provide guide you in finding the programs and services to support your successful commercialization journey.