Startup Funding in St. Louis
Once you’ve sanity checked your million-dollar idea, the next challenge is to transform it into a million dollars. To do that, you’ll need to create a runway of capital to help you hire and build and see you through the rough patches too.
Competing in startup competitions will grant you access to a limited amount of “free money”, but to turn on the tap to serious money, you’ll have to plan on selling some of the equity in your company to startup accelerators and venture capital firms. Here’s a quick overview of all the venture capital firms and funds who are investing in the St. Louis region.
Have an idea–a product even–but need a little boost? There are a few grant funding opportunities available in St. Louis that are worth a shot.
$1,000 to 20,000
With their emphasis on a structured curriculum (typically 12 to 16 weeks) and mentorship, plus an investment of between $50,000 and $200,000 in startup capital, accelerator programs are a fantastic way to focus on growth. Luckily for startups, St. Louis has several different programs: check out our guide to St. Louis Startup Accelerators.
Designed to accelerate private investment in Missouri-based startups and to increase the overall investment impact of that third-party investment, the state offers seed capital funding programs that match other capital investments to attract more private investors.
When it’s time to open a round of funding, there are a few go-to venture capital firms that St. Louis startups turn to.
Series A-D Funding Rounds
For high-tech start-ups that succeed in achieving critical commercialization milestones with seed capital financing and need access to venture capital to grow, add new employees, and penetrate the marketplace.