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Core Research and Development Facilities
Cortex resident companies now have access to core facilities at Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis University, the University of Missouri—St. Louis and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. These facilities provide startups and growing companies with access to the equipment and expertise critically important to scaling high-growth IT and bioscience ventures.

BioGenerator EIRs
The BioGenerator supports 12 Entrepreneurs In Residence (EIRs). The EIRs support bioscience entrepreneurs as they build their companies, raise capital, and develop their technology for market.

IVMS mentors
IVMS is the Venture Mentoring Service of Innovate St. Louis. Its mission is to build a community of successful entrepreneurs through networking and team-based mentoring of innovative new ventures at no cost by experienced serial entrepreneurs and business persons within the metropolitan St. Louis area.

I-TEN
ITEN is an initiative of Innovate St. Louis. ITEN was founded in April of 2008 as the catalyst of the regional IT ecosystem.

BALSA
The Biotechnology and Life Science Advising (BALSA) Group is a non-profit organization founded and led by Washington University in St. Louis graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

Accelerate St. Louis
Accelerate St. Louis helps startups and investors connect with each other and find resources. Search the Directory.

Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
The Skandalaris Center supports entrepreneurial programing throughout the St. Louis region, including the Olin Cup and YouthBridge Social Enterprise and Innovation business plan competitions.

Venture Funding

Arch Grants
Ascension Health Ventures
Billiken Angels Network
BioGenerator
Capital Innovators
Cultivation Capital
Five Elms Capital
iSelect Fund, LLC
Missouri Technology Corporation
Prolog Ventures
Regional Growth Capital
St. Louis Arch Angels
St. Louis County Economic Council
The Helix Fund

Employment Resources

Cortex works closely with the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) to help connect employers with qualified candidates. We encourage both job seekers and employers to visit SLATE to explore the services that the agency provides.

By hiring qualified workers through SLATE, you can save up to 50 percent on training and hiring costs.