Innovation Award


ITEN was recognized by Mayor Francis Slay with an Innovation Award at the Mayor’s Annual Business Luncheon on Friday September 30th.

Hoperator Graduates from ITEN’s Mock Angel Program


ITEN is very pleased to announce that Hoperator ( has graduated from the Mock Angel Program. Founders Chris Douglas and Michael Foltz are seeking strategic investor engagements and will be likely reaching out to you in the coming weeks.  We hope you will be receptive to connecting with the team at Hoperator.  In the meantime feel … 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 me in welcoming David and Eric to our mentor team. Eric Druker Eric Druker  Eric Druker is executive director for Booz Allen’s Data Science … Read More

2nd Thursday – Oct. 13, 2016


2nd Thursday is ITEN’s signature monthly event connecting entrepreneurs and emerging tech companies with veteran business leaders, investors and the public. Held in collaboration with Venture Cafe, @4240 Duncan Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63110 in the heart of the Cortex District. 2nd Thursday is a community gathering full of dynamic … Read More

Voices: Francis Chmelir Of ITEN Corporate-Startup Collaborations


By Mary Mack It’s no secret that St. Louis’ size allows for unique collaborations. Startups are able to gain access to corporate leadership and big businesses can feed off of the growing energy in the innovation space. We asked leaders in the startup space, corporate space and community to speak … Read More

How to create a great content strategy for your company


By David Strom Does this sound familiar: You don’t have a coherent content marketing program at your company. You have multiple stakeholders and content authors scattered across several divisions, with no single person in charge overall. You don’t have an editorial calendar, or even know what one is. You don’t … Read More

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