When searching for yourself isn’t just for vanity


How often do you search for yourself or your own business? This isn’t an idle curiosity, and it isn’t just because we have huge egos. There are legitimate business purposes. And I can thank my wife for the idea for this column. My wife owns her own business, an interior … Read More

Where To Pitch: 1 Million Cups

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By Kristen Reed-Edens July 7, 2016 It began over a cup of coffee at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri; how can our community further help our entrepreneurs? What began with a question led to the first 1 Million Cups event in 2012. To date, there are … Read More

Welcome New Mentors Joining ITEN


We’re thrilled to announce the following business leaders, domain experts and community influencer joining us in supporting our startups in meaningful way via our mentor programs. Paul Boal ” I’m passionate about improving the healthcare industry and leveraging big data technologies to improve businesses. I’ve been a casual member of … Read More

Meet Our New Mentor Advisory Committee


We are especially pleased to announce a new Mentor Committee. The ITEN team spent a great deal of time looking inward at our current state of mentorship as well as looking externally at the best practices and mentorship models out there. We are convinced that we have a very sound … Read More

The blockchain world gets more interesting by the day


By David Strom, ITEN mentor. I was at a conference last week where everyone was doing some interesting things with blockchain technology. This is the not-so-secret sauce behind Bitcoin: a transaction log that is verifiable and can be synchronized across distributed servers and still handle multiple trust relationships, where chargebacks … Read More

Pivot And Profit: How ITEN’s Mock Angels Helps Companies Grow


By Kristen Reed-Edens – May 18, 2016 at EQ If you have traction but need to raise money to advance your technology-based company, then ITEN’s Mock Angels should be your first stop. A capstone of ITEN’s programming since 2009, the Mock Angel program is designed for companies who have developed … Read More

St. Louis, Entrepreneurial Boomtown

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Metro areas all over the country are trying to nurture startups, without much luck. The Gateway City is succeeding. What’s its secret? ” The MTC’s modest initial grant to ITEN in 2008, plus later expansion grants, turned out to be wise (the Kauffman Foundation also supported ITEN). Over the next … Read More

How to do office hours at 2nd Thursday


By David Strom, ITEN Mentor Every second Thursday of the month, two ITEN mentors offer up their time for anyone, under a program called office hours. Entrepreneurs sign up for 20-minute slots, and can ask whatever they want. Having just gone through the experience, I have a few suggestions on … Read More

Wanted: more women in software


By David Strom The tech business for years has had an awful record of employing and retaining female engineers, and this record is getting worse. Women represent less than a third of the typical firm’s engineering staff, and in some cases such as Twitter only 10% are engineers. Top tech … Read More

The Last Mile for Healthcare Startups


By Paul Boal, Practice Lead Amitech Solutions; ITEN Mentor Healthcare is hot for startups.  There are huge opportunities to improve the healthcare industry: introducing new devices, finding diagnostic and treatment patterns from existing data, and streamlining business operations.  Getting your MVP from the demo environment to an actual customer deployment is likely … Read More