When companies are considering new locations they are often looking for incentives or relocation support. Several partners in the St. Louis region offer assistance in this area.
Innovation communities provide both physical space for companies to grow and the density of entrepreneurs needed in today’s evolving economy. St. Louis has three main innovation districts:
Accelerators can propel businesses to success by providing critical mentoring, business connections and often capital investments. Accelerators have grown tremendously across the nation and St. Louis is home to several industry leaders.
Capital Innovators (technology)
The Yield Lab (ag tech)
SixThirty CYBER (cyber security)
Arch Grants (global startup competition)
Prosper (women-led businesses)
Research institutions can serves as collaborators, clinical trial locations, ag field trial locations or provide core facilities for companies. St. Louis is home to some of the world’s leading research institutions.
Investors are vital to growing enterprises. St. Louis has a variety of investors that provide Seed funding to Series A or B. The region is home to venture capital firms, angels, state funds, and corporate venture funds.
Corporate strategics serve as product validators, first customers, pilot sites and potential acquisition partners. St. Louis has as strong history of corporations with nine companies on the Fortune 500, seven of the nation’s largest private companies and major healthcare systems.
A sample of the corporate strategics in St. Louis include: