UMSL Accelerate Names 16 Finalists for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Accelerator

The UMSL DEI Accelerator—a new initiative from the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ entrepreneurship program, UMSL Accelerate—will announce the Founders of their first cohort on December 3.


UMSL Accelerate congratulated 16 finalists who are participating in a pitch competition for a coveted spot in their new Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Accelerator. 437 applicants were considered.

Six of the finalists will go on to earn a place in the accelerator’s first cohort. Each Founder will receive $50,000 in non-dilutive capital and access to mentorship, an 8-week business accelerator program, and other resources.


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Jonathan Allen is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of EQ. He is also the President and Co-founder of Longneck & Thunderfoot (L&T), a brand publishing company incubated at the Columbia University Startup Lab in NYC. After winning an Arch Grant, he moved to St Louis in the summer of 2016.

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