The New STL: Innovators 2015 | Thought Leaders

By on January 31, 2015

From Alive Magazine:
St. Louis is reinventing itself as a city of innovation. Meet the bold minds that are helping us get there.

Jason Hall
Vice President Innovation & Entrepreneurship, St. Louis Regional Chamber

Do you feel St. Louis is poised to become a top city of innovation, and how do you think we get there?

The St. Louis region is poised for incredible growth as a global innovation. We have always had incredible research, business, and talent strengths clustered around cutting-edge technology, but we have worked as a region to better leverage those strengths. Assets like our universities and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center are where breakthrough discoveries are occurring. We now have in place accelerators, incubators, mentoring and capital to help move those ideas forward in the form of new companies.

We have taken huge steps forward in better aligning our efforts as a region like the success we are seeing with the SixThirty Accelerator to leverage our undeniable strength in the financial services sector with companies like Edward Jones, Wells Fargo Advisors, and others to attract the next generation of financial services entrepreneurs to St. Louis. We are seeing organizations like CIC choosing St. Louis as the site of its first expansion outside of Boston. We are working with a team to launch the first-of-its-kind accelerator to attract and retain women-led start-up businesses. Germany-based biotech giant, KWS, chose St. Louis over San Francisco and the Research Triangle Park as the site of its first North American research center. Monsanto is currently embarked on a massive expansion of its global research operation in St. Louis. These and many more represent incredible positive trajectory for St. Louis.

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