Tool Kit - Ecosystem
Entrepreneur Support Organizations


IDEA LabsTM is a student-run biotechnology incubator that provides resources, training, and mentorship to teams of students (medical, engineering, business, etc) tackling clinical problems by developing innovative solutions.

Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Inner City Capital Connections

The ICCC St. Louis program will provide you opportunities to connect to regional and local businesses, capital providers, expert practitioners, and award winning professors such as Harvard Business School Professor Stephen Rogers, who has received countless accolades and awards for his lectures on small business entrepreneurship and financial strategy.

Duree Center for Entrepreneurship at Lindenwood University

The Duree Center for Entrepreneurship is one of three focus centers of the John W. Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise.  The Center inspires and supports the entrepreneurial spirit in Lindenwood students and the larger community by creating, nurturing, and advancing entrepreneurial endeavors through long-term mentorship, partnership, and internship.

The Center is focused on student development, community outreach, business creation, and university publicity. To achieve these goals, efforts are made to actively seek out prospective students, break through interdisciplinary boundaries within the university, open Lindenwood facilities to the public, and build a network of people and organizations for future internship and mentoring opportunities. All Duree Center activities and programs support the innovative and creative power of entrepreneurship.

Veterans Business Resource Center

The St. Louis Veterans Business Resource Center (VBRC) is dedicated to helping men and women, who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces achieve the American dream of owning and successfully operating their own businesses. The Center will serve all Veterans and Active Duty personnel, including National Guard men and women and Reservists of all branches.

Better Family Life

The Better Family Life Cultural, Educational and Business Center serves as a central, welcoming resource and hub of activity where area residents and the region at large now have access to all of our programs, and join together as a community to enjoy artistic, cultural, educational, business and community activities – all under one roof.

Center for the Acceleration of African American Businesses (CAAAB)

The Center for the Acceleration of African-American Business (CAAAB) is a non-profit civic organization established to support the growth and development of businesses owned by minority populations, primarily African Americans. The Center’s goal is to advance economic development in the St. Louis and metro East Illinois regions by elevating the status of African American businesses and their workforce.

Grace Hill Women’s Business Center

The Grace Hill Women’s Business Center is central to the Grace Hill mission, which is to develop the skills of residents, and to create opportunities for their personal advancement and for the economic well-being of their community. Grace Hill Women’s Business Center offers and provides services on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals.

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs (PWE) was created to advance women-led companies. PWE is comprised of two separate divisions: Prosper Institute, a non-profit organization that helps growth-seeking women entrepreneurs advance their businesses to create economic prosperity, and the Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator, a for-profit organization focused on increasing women entrepreneurs’ access to growth capital and the number of women investing in early stage capital markets.

SCORE St. Louis Chapter

At SCORE St. Louis our mission is to “Start, grow, and build small businesses through education provided by experienced business professionals.”  We offer free business counseling and resources, low-cost workshops, and free business scan services.  Whether you’re starting a business, preparing for a loan, or have existing business issues or opportunities, SCORE mentors are ready help.