Tool Kit - Ecosystem
Entrepreneur Support Organizations


GatewayVMS (GVMS) is a non-profit entrepreneur support organization (ESO) that provides pro bono team-based mentoring services to early-stage entrepreneurs to help them move forward in their journey. Our ESO referral service helps ventures take advantage of our array of resources within the rapidly growing Saint Louis entrepreneurial ecosystem. Our mentoring service provides entrepreneurs with access to an array of serial entrepreneurs, business, and service professionals who work closely with the individual or team.

Missouri Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)

The Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC) help businesses in every stage. From concept to startup, growth to renewal, mature to succession. We are here to help you succeed at every point.

MO SBTDC experts are located statewide providing help on a variety of business topics through:

1 Million Cups

An event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the innovation community in St. Louis.. The coffee is highly encouraged.

Arch Grants

Arch Grants is a nonprofit organization that accelerates economic development by providing $50,000 equity-free grants and pro bono support services to entrepreneurs who locate their early-stage businesses in St. Louis. Through its competitive Global Startup Competition, Arch Grants retains and attracts the most innovative entrepreneurs to the St. Louis region. This program is an aggressive effort to inspire the next generation of employers, civic leaders, and philanthropists for St. Louis.

St. Louis Makes

St. Louis Makes’ mission is to grow manufacturing revenue and employment across the St. Louis region’s manufacturing supply chain.

BioSTL Fundamentals

BioSTL Fundamentals is a business-coaching program designed to support early, would-be entrepreneurs in the Life Sciences in St. Louis. The program provides a one-on-one, customized business learning experience for each participant.

Information Technology Entrepreneurs Network (ITEN)

ITEN was founded in April 2008 to be the catalyst of the St. Louis region’s IT startup ecosystem. We accelerate scalable tech startups with programs for rapid product development, connections to talent, essential networking, and access to funding.  The core of our value proposition is enabling experienced entrepreneurs to help other entrepreneurs build successful, growing tech ventures.   These critical connections are formed through direct mentoring access, a curriculum of graduated acceleration programs, and our weekly and monthly networking programs.

St. Louis Entrepreneurial Ecosystem/Resources

Best viewed in conjunction with the presentation by Phyllis Ellison.