If you’re starting a business, building your company, or even just considering a new idea, we have resources to help you find your way. The innovation centers in Cortex provide access to the space, support, education, mentorship, funding, and community needed to tackle the tough stuff.



Venture Cafe’s weekly mission is to build a stronger, more inclusive innovation community through programming, space, storytelling, and engagement. Come to a Thursday Gathering and start connecting with hundreds of others in the innovation space.


Innovation Hall is a place to meet, host and connect. A collaborative event and meeting venue, public workspace, and programming hub designed to bring people together at every level. 

EdHub is a platform for educators and innovators to share and create ideas for transforming education in the St. Louis area. EdHub provides space for education-related events, transportation for attendees, a fellowship program to support new initiatives in education, and hosts workshops, events, and summer programs for educators and students.

The Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) provides infrastructure and resources for early-stage, high-growth companies in the fields of information technology, bioscience, and consumer and manufactured products. If you’ve got questions about building a business, these are the folks to call.

Founded at Washington University in St. Louis, Sling Health brings students, faculty, and entrepreneurs together to develop devices and solutions for clinical problems.

MEDLaunch connects Saint Louis University students with clinicians to improve standards of care, promote innovation, and provide students with entrepreneurship experience.

The Cambridge Innovation Center St. Louis provides space and community for entrepreneurs and business owners. Whether you’re looking for a coworking space, a private office or lab, CIC St. Louis has a place (and coffee, and snacks, and WiFi, and copying, and concierge service…) for you!

BioGenerator creates, grows and invests in promising bioscience companies and entrepreneurs in the St. Louis region. The firm’s work spans the early-stage startup lifecycle of companies within the health and plant sciences, and provides shared lab and office space for its portfolio companies.

Capital Innovators provides startups and corporations with the resources and connections they need to get to the next level.  Through proprietary processes and techniques developed and iterated on over the program's 7-year history, the Accelerator Program has consistently been ranked as one of the top programs in the United States.

Ameren Accelerator is an innovative partnership with the University of Missouri System, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators that provides accelerator support, mentorship and investment into energy technology startup companies.