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Need a Community that Will Invest in Your Startup? Head to St. Louis

By Inc

The Spirit of St. Louis fund has started partnering with other early stage investors, including Steve Case's Rise of the Rest fundRead full story

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  • St. Louis has been a growing startup hub in the Midwest recently. It has a top-ranked accelerator program (Capital Innovators), several incubators, a good number of corporates, and several universities, including highly-ranked Washington University in St. Louis. Will be exciting to see this small city and others in the Midwest grow their tech ecosystems over the next few years.

  • Back in 2009 as a recent college graduate, I spent a summer interning in Louisville, KY. I loved the area and the people. Having grown up in one of those “cities and states that have beachfront property,” the small city charm was irresistible. Around that time, the city was attempting a rebirth to stem the flow of professionals and college graduates out of the state and to get new, young professionals into the city. St. Louis appears to be trying something similar but will hopefully be more successful

    Back in 2009 as a recent college graduate, I spent a summer interning in Louisville, KY. I loved the area and the people. Having grown up in one of those “cities and states that have beachfront property,” the small city charm was irresistible. Around that time, the city was attempting a rebirth to stem the flow of professionals and college graduates out of the state and to get new, young professionals into the city. St. Louis appears to be trying something similar but will hopefully be more successful (it being 2018 instead of 2009 will likely work to the city’s advantage). The big coastal cities are at capacity, and a rejuvenation of great Midwestern cities is long overdue.

  • Technology has helped other cities thrive as new destinations for companies to grow. We have had one of our main offices in STL for years now and love it. The community is supportive and the costs are extremely reasonable. It’s not just STL that provides opportunity. There are other “everywhere else” cities besides SF and NYC that are amazing places to build a company. After this last election, there seems to be more attention around the middle of the country, which is exciting since it is a great

    Technology has helped other cities thrive as new destinations for companies to grow. We have had one of our main offices in STL for years now and love it. The community is supportive and the costs are extremely reasonable. It’s not just STL that provides opportunity. There are other “everywhere else” cities besides SF and NYC that are amazing places to build a company. After this last election, there seems to be more attention around the middle of the country, which is exciting since it is a great place to start a company...at least in my experience!

  • St. Louis is definitely great and it's also been strong for sports tech!

    I also would argue that wherever the Rise of the Rest fund goes, we should be paying attention.

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