FROM THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Where Did the First 30 Days Go?

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.

Upcoming:

  • 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

Kind regards,

Mary Louise (ML)

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