What’s Next For St. Louis With Zimin Hang

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  • Published on November 17, 2015
  • Last Updated August 9, 2020

As the number of St. Louis startups continue to grow, the voices and concerns of its founders, grassroots organizers and support organizations need to be heard, perhaps now more than ever.

What does the St. Louis innovation community need to do now to support its startups? Where is it succeeding?

We gathered community members to talk to us about our region’s current challenges and possible solutions. 

Zimin Hang is the Co-founder & CEO of ChronaSleep, a Fall 2015 Arch Grant recipient).

Zimin Hang's Chrona Sleep recently won an Arch Grant.
Zimin Hang’s Chrona Sleep won an Arch Grant in 2015. 

What are three issues, gaps or improvements that St. Louis’ startup ecosystem needs to address?

Rough transition from university to startup community. Limited visibility for startups, entrepreneurs, and resource providers. Information reach and communication efficiency is low.

Which one would you focus on first?

I would focus on #3 first, which is directly linked to #2.

What approach would you take to solving that?

Through a push by the powerhouses to get more investors, entrepreneurs and mentors to actively use AngelList, LinkedIn, etc. It would also help to perceptually enlarge the STL scene, especially to outsiders!

What is your hope for St. Louis’ startup future?

In the next few years, I hope more St. Louisans support the angel investing groups and accelerators.

What do you love about the current state of STL’s startup scene?

I love the people in the scene. Everyone’s so open and genuine, which makes it fun to meet people.

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