Amanda Wells, UMSL alumna and startup grant recipient

Last summer, the Arts and Education Council named Amanda Wells, MA English 2013, one of two winners of its first-ever stARTup Competition. The grant includes $10,000 as well as a year’s lease in the Centene Center for the Arts that now houses her just-launched brainchild, Flow. Wells is pictured here in the St. Louis Mercantile Library at UMSL, a university she credits with helping her grow a nearly decade-long dream. (Photo by August Jennewein)