By Mary Louise Helbig, ITEN Executive Director
As you probably already know, I am very excited to have accepted my new role with ITEN as Executive Director. I had very good intentions of providing this status update to our community when I hit the 30-day mark but I missed the cut off because we’ve been incredibly busy. Today is actually day 52 and the level of activity is not slowing down, so I want to share with you a brief update about what has happened and what we have planned for the remainder of the year.
Here’s a view of key milestones that we have accomplished since the beginning of this year:
- 49 companies have joined ITEN
- 3 Mock Angel Grads: Key Please, Sensrtrx, and Strayos
- 6 companies have engaged with an Entrepreneur in Residence
- 9 new mentors signed on
- 6 ITEN companies participated in AccelerateSTL’s St. Louis Startup Roadshows in Chicago, New York and Tech Crunch Disrupt San Francisco: Ilerasoft, Sensrtrx, Bandura, Aisle411, Traaqr and Keybot
- 4 St. Louis companies featured at TechWeek in KC: Label Insight, Cofactor Genomics, Splice Machine, and S4.
- Honored as Gateway to Innovation conference (G2i) Giveback Award recipient
- BioSTL SBA Healthtech Cluster Grant renewed
- Bank of America Charitable Foundation grant recipient
- Mercy Health signed to participate for a 2nd year in the Corporate Innovation Program
- Participated on innovation panel at Spin66 in Springfield MO
- Expanding our service area with new member companies from central and southwest MO & IA: AdSwapper, Cargofy, Deep Water Software, VideoFizz and RockDolly Equipment
- 2016 Tech Startup Report – published in March, get your copy here.
- Partnering with EDCKC for a 2nd year to deliver a workshop to LaunchKC startups
- Vision Symposium Event, October 19th, Keynote: Lonnie Johnson, NASA engineer and inventor of the Super Soaker! This is our 3rd year as an event partner.
- Startup Commercialization Program – more in-depth training and resources are being developed to support our entrepreneurs in the commercialization process – watch for the upcoming beta release next month.
- Corporate Innovation Program – after a successful year we are planning to expand participation to ten (10) companies.
- 2nd Thursday Event: October 12th and November 9th will be a continuation of a 3-part Cyber Security series – mark your calendar. Bryan Doerr, CEO of Observable Networks, shared their exit story this month. If you missed it, check out the video.
I plan to share updates with you on a regular basis and we also welcome your feedback, recommendations, and suggestions. It is definitely a dynamic time in St. Louis and for the entrepreneur community so we want to assure you that we remain committed and focused on our mission – to be a catalyst for tech startups!
In the meantime, stay informed & connected by following us on Twitter: @itenstl
Mary Louise (ML)