28 01, 2019

Southeast Missouri State University announces third annual Startup Pitch Competition

By |2019-01-28T09:55:17+00:00January 28th, 2019|Competition, Missouri|0 Comments

The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University announces the third annual Southeast Startup Pitch Competition will take place on May 1. The Startup Pitch Competition gives current full-time undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to develop real-world skills for an innovative new business idea. The incentive is a cash prize [...]

18 09, 2018

UM System launches accelerator program to foster, fund student business ideas 

By |2018-09-18T07:12:17+00:00September 18th, 2018|Missouri, Student Funds|0 Comments

Student entrepreneurs in the University of Missouri System could earn up to $30,000 in prize money thanks to a new systemwide initiative known as the Entrepreneur Quest Student Accelerator. The program, which UM System President Mun Choi announced Friday in his State of the University Address from Columbia, involves the University of Missouri–St. Louis and the system’s other three campuses. [...]

16 10, 2017

Missouri Innovation Center invests $125,000 in local startups 

By |2017-10-16T14:50:34+00:00October 16th, 2017|Missouri, State or Government|0 Comments

Chris Harbert didn’t expect to choke up during his business pitch at the Missouri Tech Challenge on Wednesday night at the Blue Note. In August, Harbert turned down a six-figure income at a Fortune 1000 company to focus on his business, Testery. Testery supports companies in running their own testing on web-based applications at an [...]

11 09, 2017

Missouri innovation fund would be big, bold bet on entrepreneurs

By |2017-09-11T13:12:44+00:00September 11th, 2017|Missouri|0 Comments

Gov. Eric Greitens wants Missouri to support entrepreneurs on a much larger scale than it ever has, but he doesn’t want bureaucrats picking winners and losers. His solution is something he’s calling a Missouri innovation fund, which would be launched with borrowed money and turned over to private fund managers. The money would flow through [...]

21 08, 2017

New MO regional chamber fund creates $5 million in seed capital for startups 

By |2017-08-21T13:35:52+00:00August 21st, 2017|Missouri, State or Government|0 Comments

The St. Louis Regional Chamber is partnering with local venture capital firms and banks to offer $5 million in seed capital for startups to spur economic development. Joe Reagan, the chamber’s president and CEO, announced the new Spirit of St. Louis Fund I at the chamber’s annual event Thursday night at Chaifetz Arena. Reagan said [...]

23 01, 2017

Firebrand Ventures partners with UMKC to cultivate entrepreneurs

By |2017-07-14T20:41:27+00:00January 23rd, 2017|Gap support programs, Missouri, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund|0 Comments

Firebrand Ventures has partnered with the University of Missouri-Kansas City to help local startup entrepreneurs. As part of the agreement, the Kansas City-based fund will offer graduates of UMKC’s E-Scholars program an opportunity to receive an investment from Firebrand starting in 2017. Housed under UMKC’s Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (RIEI), E-Scholars offers students [...]

5 12, 2016

St. Louis venture fund. RiverVest Venture Partners, makes $15 million bet on its hometown 

By |2016-12-05T07:14:58+00:00December 5th, 2016|Missouri, Venture Capital|0 Comments

When RiverVest Venture Partners opened its doors in 2000, hopes were high that it would be an important funding source for St. Louis’ nascent biotechnology industry. RiverVest went on to be a highly successful venture capital firm, managing $290 million and demonstrating a knack for identifying health care startups that would later go public or [...]

12 05, 2016

OSF HealthCare launches $75M fund to invest in health technology 

By |2016-05-12T15:43:11+00:00May 12th, 2016|Hospitals, Missouri|0 Comments

The Peoria-based health system is the parent of Rockford's OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. In February, the health system activated OSF Ventures, a $75 million fund that invests in companies intent on developing medical technologies and applications to improve patient outcomes or reduce health care costs. Pulse Therapeutics, the St. Louis company, has developed a [...]

7 10, 2015

UM curators approve fund to help Missouri startups pass through ‘valley of death’

By |2015-10-07T19:33:45+00:00October 7th, 2015|Missouri|0 Comments

The University of Missouri System wants to invest in entrepreneurs and startups, and it wants to cultivate that venture capital in Missouri. On Thursday, the UM System Board of Curators voted to allocate money from the university’s general pool — with a $5 million cap — to the Accelerator Fund, run by the Missouri Innovation Center [...]