Start-Up & Existing Business Resources

The State of Missouri is committed to providing incentives and financing for start-ups in the information technology industry. Below are links to programs and resources that are of interest to companies like those in the information technology industry.

Missouri Technology Corporation

The Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC) is a public-private partnership, working collaboratively to foster entrepreneurship and the growth of new and emerging high-tech companies.  MTC focuses on 21st Century industries.  The organization provides leadership and makes strategic investments that help entrepreneurs create and grow technology-based Missouri businesses.  MTC funds several programs across the state including the Missouri IDEA Fund and the Missouri Technology Incentive Program.  

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MOSourceLink

MOSourceLink connects aspiring, emerging and established small business to a network of nonprofit resource organizations that provide business-building services. MOSourceLink staff connect resource organizations to one another and to established, emerging and start-up small businesses throughout the region. This free resource can help you start or expand your business in Missouri.  

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Innovation Centers

The Missouri Innovation Center Network is a major statewide resource for commercializing Missouri innovations.  Missouri innovation centers work closely with their associated universities and are primarily targeted to develop high-growth advanced technology companies. Innovation Centers provide specialized facilities, access to capital, technical and business experts, resources and specialized service providers during the early stages of the development of new technology-based business ventures.  

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IT Entrepreneur Network (ITEN)

The IT Entrepreneur Network (ITEN) is an initiative of the St. Louis IT Coalition and Innovate St. Louis.  Established in 2008, this non-profit is a catalyst of Missouri’s IT ecosystem.  ITEN provides unique programs, events, and access to resources that accelerate tech venture success.

Currently, ITEN serves over 220 start-up ventures and involves over 120 volunteer mentors. ITEN's programs form a venture roadmap from concept through design, prototype, launch, revenue, funding and rapid scaling. Guidance from serial entrepreneurs, subject matter experts and other stakeholders helps entrepreneurs focus on essential critical tasks and avoid wasted efforts. Access to investors, key service providers and qualified talent means fewer barriers to rapid growth. Designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, requiring neither payment nor equity, ITEN is a unique community resource and a proven route to venture success. 

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