ITEN Tech Jobs & Skills Survey to measure skills needed in the area’s tech industry

(ST. LOUIS) April 25, support organization and catalyst 2018 – ITEN (, the St. Louis-based entrepreneurial for technology innovation, is spear-heading a community-wide effort to understand and plan for St. Louis’ future technology jobs and skills needs. ITEN has commissioned Peters Marketing Research to conduct a short online survey.

ITEN Vice Chairman Jim von der Heydt is leading the initiative along with Dr. Benjamin Akande, the former president of Westminster University who was recently named Senior Advisor to the Chancellor of Washington University.

“This research is designed to measure, for the first time, the core IT skills and talent needs across the business community in region,” von der Heydt said. “This will serve as an inventory of the current situation and outlook for the next few years. Armed with these insights, ITEN wants to lead a community-wide conversation how to fill the need.”

According to Kevin Farrell, Principal at Avison Young, “The most significant issue facing the St. Louis Region is lack of job growth.  Attracting new employers and enhancing the ability of existing companies to grow here is vital.  We are thrilled to be part of this innovative, crucial effort.”

Talent drives innovation and is critical to a robust tech start-up community in St. Louis.  Many core IT skills including big data management, programming and engineering are in demand.

“There is work to be done, but St. Louis can make incredible strides in cultivating fresh tech talent and tackling the skills gap,” said Jeff Mazur, Executive Director of LaunchCode, a nonprofit focused on building a skilled tech workforce. “At LaunchCode, we know that understanding the specific needs of employers is critical to building a blueprint for the future. We are excited to partner with ITEN on this survey and believe it will open an important, community-wide dialogue of which LaunchCode is proud to be part.”

It is difficult to know where to focus efforts without understanding current and future skills/talent gaps.  This ITEN Tech Jobs and Skills Research Study is designed to measure current and future skills and talent needs across the St. Louis region’s business community. Gateway to Innovation is deeply invested in the future of technology and jobs in the St. Louis region.  David Kocs, Gateway to Innovation Executive Committee member, believes “a community-wide effort is required to solve the technology demand within our region.  The results of this survey will help in focusing our efforts to address the gaps.”  Gateway to Innovation attracts over 1,600 Information Technology Professionals to their annual conference in St. Louis and has given over $1.4M to support technology scholarships and initiatives within the community.

The email survey will be sent to a targeted list of 3,500 individuals currently employed in technology leadership roles in the St. Louis region. Among those invited to take the survey will be hiring managers, workers and leaders in the local tech industry. Respondents will include individuals at both startups and established companies.

“It is critical that St. Louis has a measurable plan to address the technology demand of its current and prospective employers. This survey is the first step to making that plan a reality,” said Kristin Tucker, Principal of TDK Technologies.

This online survey takes only about 10 minutes, and, if you qualify, you will have an opportunity to enter the drawing for one of three $150 Amazon gift cards and receive a summary report of the results. ITEN expects to have a final report on the survey results published within the next eight to 10 weeks.

“The project is sponsored by Avison Young, TDK Technologies and Gateway to Innovation, comments Jim von der Heydt. “We would not be able to undertake a project like this without their help and the help of LaunchCode.”


About ITEN
ITEN provides a foundational system for entrepreneurs to work together towards building strong startups and a vibrant tech ecosystem. ITEN provides unique programs, events, and access to resources that accelerate tech venture success. ITEN’s programs form a venture roadmap from concept through design, prototype, launch, revenue, funding and rapid scaling.

Guidance from serial entrepreneurs, subject matter experts and important community influencers helps entrepreneurs focus on essential critical tasks and avoid wasted efforts. Access to corporations, investors, key service providers and qualified talent means lower barriers to rapid growth. Designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, requiring neither payment nor equity, ITEN is a unique community asset and a proven route to venture success. Follow ITEN on Twitter at @itenstl and visit our website at to learn more.

About Avison Young

Avison Young is the world’s fastest-growing full service commercial real estate services firm – a collaborative, global company owned and operated by its principals.  The St. Louis office is comprised of experienced real estate professionals with a wide range of cross-disciplinary capability, structured so that we can apply our collective expertise holistically for truly integrated, client-based solutions.

 About Gateway to Innovation 

Maintaining a competitive edge with innovative IT is critical for companies and organizations of all sizes as we all are tasked to do more with less.  The annual Gateway to Innovation Conference provides a unique opportunity for our region’s IT leadership to gather, to explore ways to maintain a competitive advantage in this global economy, and to grow the IT industry in the St. Louis region.

About TDK Technologies

TDK Technologies is a St. Louis, Missouri based technology consulting company with core competencies in Technology and Management Services.  Unlike many IT consulting companies, TDK Technologies is owned and managed by IT professionals with a business-first approach to problem solving.  They evaluate the needs both internally and externally, to determine whether augmenting your current staff or developing the entire IT application, is the best approach that will assist you in achieving the business results you need when you need them.

 About LaunchCode

LaunchCode is building a skilled workforce by creating pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology. We are helping jobseekers enter the tech field by providing accessible education, training and paid apprenticeship job placement.

LaunchCode was founded in 2013 to help companies find skilled, new tech talent from all backgrounds and walks of life. Visit

  Peters Marketing Research

Founded in 1958, Peters Marketing Research (PMR) is a family-owned and operated qualitative focus group facility and full-service quantitative research supplier. PMR specializes in professional screening and recruiting systems; detailed project design and analysis; internally developed software and technology, and; extensive business, consumer and medical databases on a local and national level.

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For more information about this project contact:

Jim von der Heydt, Vice Chairman ITEN, at or 314-795-9894