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

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