How St. Louis has become a startup mecca

By David Strom Over the past several years, St. Louis has been recognized by a number of national publications as one of the fastest growing startup locations in the country. Having lived here for more than a decade, I have observed this first-hand, working as a volunteer mentor to dozens … Read More

Insurtech: The 2.5 Billion Market Opportunity & How Startups Can Play a part

On Feb. 23rd, Thursday, RGAx and ITEN gave a great presentation and discussion on the opportunities about Insurtech, the discussion session was moderated by ITEN Executive Director, Francis Chmelir. RGAx global innovation leaders leading by Mark Showers shared their primary innovation areas of focus and how successful collaboration with the … Read More

Welcome New Mentors Joining ITEN

We’re thrilled to announce the following two business leaders, domain experts and community influencer joining us in supporting our startups in meaningful way via our mentor programs. Please join us in welcoming all of them to our mentor team. Nannette Musgrave   About Nannette Musgrave Nannette Musgrave has worked in the … Read More

Everyone is now a software company (again)

By David Strom Several years ago I wrote, “everyone is in the software business. All of the interesting business operations are happening inside your company’s software.” Since then, this trend has intensified. Today I want to share with you three companies that should come under the software label. And while … Read More

St. Louis Region Wins National Competition to Address Racial and Gender Equity in Entrepreneurial Startup Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ben Johnson 314-497-8985 bjohnson@biostl.org St. Louis Region Wins National Competition to Address Racial and Gender Equity in Entrepreneurial Startup Community Builds on Individual Organizations’ Diversity & Inclusion Efforts to Align Towards Equity (December 1, 2016) – Twelve St. Louis area nonprofit and governmental organizations are initial … Read More

The future of St. Louis can be found here

By David Strom I am almost embarrassed to admit that I have lived in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis and never even known about one of the most vibrant college campuses around. I refer to Ranken Technical College, a school that sits just a mile or so … Read More

Microshop- develop your concept to a product

For 2nd Thursday at Venture Café on October 13th, ITEN mentor Margie Skiljan gave a great talk on product development for tech startups.  You can view the video here: https://youtu.be/JlkKJWDBCQ4 The session had a number of great points and advice on how to develop tech products from a startup’s perspective, leveraging … Read More