Cortex catalyzes economic development in the St. Louis region by building and supporting a community of innovators, creatives and entrepreneurs. We believe that the best innovation happens when people of many communities and cultures can access the opportunity and resources necessary to shape their future. And we know that their resulting ideas, companies, and jobs will power the St. Louis region.
We empower business owners and startups by providing access to the networks, talent, training, capital, and space necessary to grow a company. We focus on supporting high-growth, technology-related ventures in all sectors, but many ideas can find help here.
Our mission is threefold: to create jobs within the St. Louis region; to generate new tax revenue for the City of St. Louis and St. Louis Public Schools; and to maximize inclusive access and engagement in all District offerings.
Cortex is the nonprofit master developer of the Cortex Innovation Community, a 200-acre urban innovation hub. Our staff and Board are committed to creating a community in which everyone has access to office space, capital investment, business education, talent acquisition, mentoring, and networking events. We are building a dynamic, 24/7 neighborhood of restaurants, shops, green spaces, and apartments to complement the tech-related businesses who are making Cortex their home.
When our development plan is complete, we will have created 4.5 million square feet of mixed-use buildings (research, office, clinical, residential, hotel, and retail), as well as a MetroLink light-rail station, a major highway interchange, and a publicly-accessible park, all totaling $2.3 billion of development. We anticipate that 15,000 permanent jobs will be added to the St. Louis region.
Currently, over 390 companies and 5,700 employees are located in the Cortex Innovation Community.