WE SUPPORT ST. LOUIS STARTUPS
At T-REX, we purposely co-locate startup companies alongside Entrepreneur Support Organizations; organizations whose sole mission is to support early-stage entrepreneurs. The following organizations, all located within T-REX, give local startups access to resources needed to grow and thrive. These T-REX partners continue to bring positive energy and momentum to the City of St. Louis each and every day.
Arch Grants is a nonprofit organization that is building a new economy by providing $50,000 equity-free grants and pro bono support services to entrepreneurs who locate their early-stage businesses in St. Louis.
Through its competitive Global Startup Competition
, Arch Grants retains and attracts the most innovative entrepreneurs to the St. Louis region. This program is an aggressive effort to inspire the next generation of employers, civic leaders, and philanthropists for St. Louis. Starting in 2020, Arch Grants will be awarding 5 additional grants each year to early-stage geospatial technology companies to help build a pipeline of talent and technology for the quickly expanding geospatial cluster in St. Louis. Learn More...
Cultivation Capital invests in tech startups through its IT funds and in biomedical tech startups through its Life Science fund.
Cultivation Capital is a venture capital firm that supports extraordinary entrepreneurs. This family of venture funds invest in technology, life sciences, and financial technology companies. These funds have deployed over $41 million to back 40 companies since the firm was founded in 2012, making them one of the most active seed investors in the country. Cultivation Capital also supports and invests in multiple accelerator programs focusing on areas like financial technology, agricultural technology, cybersecurity technology, and women-led companies. Learn More...
CyberUp is the short and long-term solution to the cybersecurity talent shortage problem by training the workforce of today, and inspiring the workforce of tomorrow.
CyberUp recognizes the importance for a strong regional cybersecurity workforce. There is an alarming deficit in the industry and it is critical we close the gap. Their initial solution is to offer industry specific certifications to under and unemployed individuals, to transitioning veterans, and to graduating college students from either a two-year, four-year, or post-graduation program. Looking ahead, CyberUp will develop their own cyber coursework designed to train and engage non-traditional students in the cyber industry. Learn More...
IT Enrepreneur Network
ITEN is a nonprofit organization that mentors young companies. Under ITEN's mentorship, these companies have raised more than $151 million since 2006.
ITEN is a catalyst for the regional IT ecosystem, accelerating scalable tech startups with programs for rapid product development, connections to talent, networking, and access to funding. ITEN’s offerings are designed by entrepreneurs and require neither payment nor equity from the startups. ITEN is currently assisting over 220 start-up ventures and engaging more than 70 volunteer mentors. ITEN's programs form a venture roadmap from concept through design, prototype, launch, revenue, funding and rapid scaling. Learn More...
Missouri Small Business Development Center - St. Louis
Missouri Small Business Development Centers deliver up-to-date counseling, training and technical assistance in all aspects of small business management.
The Missouri Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) help businesses in every stage. From concept to startup, growth to renewal, mature to succession. Business specialists are here to help you succeed at every stage in your business’ lifecycle. Business specialists use their expertise to help Missouri businesses with critical business development issues. Guidance addressing topics such as management, marketing and strategic planning is available for new and existing businesses. Learn More...
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
NFTE activates the entrepreneurial mindset and builds startup skills in youth from under-resourced communities to ensure their success and to create a more vibrant society.
Through a unique combination of high-impact student programs and exceptional teacher training and support, NFTE’s St. Louis Metro program office provides schools and partners across greater St. Louis the opportunity to change young lives through entrepreneurship. NFTE St. Louis has launched thousands of area students on their entrepreneurial journey through in-school, after-school, and summer programming. Learn More...
SixThirty is a venture fund that invests up to $250K in early-stage enterprise technology companies and connects them with corporate incumbents through its Go-To-Market Program.
Each year, SixThirty and SixThirty CYBER invests in new companies from around the world in FinTech, InsurTech, and Cybersecurity solutions, and participates in select follow-on opportunities. Companies that receive an investment from SixThirty are eligible for the SixThirty Go-To-Market Program, which entails curated meetings with corporate partners, hands-on training, mentoring, and networking opportunities with industry incumbents. Learn More...
St. Louis MBDA Business Center
The Minority Business Development Agency is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that promotes the growth of minority-owned businesses through the mobilization and advancement of public and private sector programs, policy, and research.
The St. Louis MBDA Business Center is part of a national network of funded centers located in major cities throughout the United States. The center works with minority business enterprises to generate increased financing and contract opportunities and to create and retain jobs. The mission of the center is to strengthen the US economy by helping ethnic minority businesses create or retain jobs, and build economically vibrant socially responsible entrepreneurs, businesses, and communities. Learn More...
Veterans Business Outreach Center
The Veterans Business Outreach Center program is a one-stop-shop for transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses looking to start, purchase, or grow a business
The Veterans Business Resource Center is set up to assist everyone from ideation to expansion. If you need help with a marketing plan, analyzing your finances, creating a strategy or talking through an idea. The VBRC/VBOC stands prepared. Training is the most essential part of starting a business. VBOC subject matter experts can assist you with understanding business plans, financials, marketing, sales, human resource management, and more.