Business mentors, tech-savvy resources, partner connections; sounds like every entrepreneurs dream, right? This fantasy is coming to life in Saint Louis thanks to the new UMSL Accelerate partnership forged with Ameren Accelerator. Partner leaders heading this initiative, who also happen to be UMSL alumni, invited students, faculty, the community (and the press!) for the big reveal on March 31 at the Cortex Innovation Center. Partner leaders are Ameren, UM System, University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL Accelerate) and Capital Innovators.
The Ameren Accelerator is an innovative partnership that will empower energy technology startup companies with resources and capital to thrive in the industry. Up to seven startup companies are expected to be chosen and receive $100,000 in seed capital to participate in the Ameren Accelerator program.
Taking part in the program’s launch gave me an interesting perspective on the new route millennials are seeking for their careers. Cortex, St. Louis’ innovation and technology district, is becoming an alternative route to the traditional job, and UMSL Accelerate is excited to be taking charge in this new trend. This is a great way to create innovative thought, and a supportive environment is exactly what people need to chase their business dreams and succeed in their pursuits.