ITEN & Saint Louis University Research Innovation Group Announce Community Partnership to Engage Tech Entrepreneurs in the SLUStart I-Corps Program

(ST. LOUIS) September 19, 2019 – ITEN ( and the Research Innovation Group in the Office of the Vice President for Research at Saint Louis University ( are excited to announce their new partnership aimed at enhancing and broadening services for the tech startup companies and innovators they serve.  “ITEN is focused on supporting the launch and commercialization of scalable tech companies in the St. Louis region. This partnership will expand our lean startup methodology curriculum, fortify our inclusion efforts, and ultimately increase the effectiveness of the tech innovators we support” said Mary Louise Helbig, ITEN Executive Director.  “We also look forward to exploring ways to support the commercialization of SLU’s intellectual property by engaging our startups and Corporate Innovation Program partners.  This is a great example of our innovation eco-system at work” said Helbig.

“We’re very excited to partner with ITEN,” said Malcolm Townes, SLUStart I-Corps program manager and associate director for technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in the Office of the Vice President for Research at Saint Louis University.  “It’s a fantastic opportunity to strengthen connections to the community and advance the commercialization of deep technologies that can create value and benefit the public interest,” said Townes.  

Support from organizations like Saint Louis University enables ITEN to provide programs and services free-of-charge to tech entrepreneurs as they commercialize new innovation and launch new businesses.  This has a positive and direct impact on the St. Louis region as measured by new product launches, job creation, revenue production and talent attraction and retention.  You may access and download a current copy of ITEN’s 2018 Impact Report at (

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