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The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and World Trade Center St. Louis have selected 16 finalists for their first-ever STL Export Accelerator. The program’s awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Saint Louis University’s Cook Hall (3674 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, 63108). The event is set for 5 to 7 p.m., with registration beginning at 5 and the program starting at 5:30.
“Congratulations to these startups on being named finalists,” St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said. “St. Louis continues to be a national leader in innovation and entrepreneurship because of companies like these. They have passion for what they do and produce at a high level. We are looking forward to seeing their enterprises grow, both domestically and globally, in the coming months and years.”
The STL Export Accelerator was established in 2016, in collaboration with the Brookings Institute/JPMorgan Chase Global Cities Initiative and through funding from JPMorgan Chase. A total of $60,000 in prize money will be handed out at Tuesday’s event, with first place earning $20,000, second place winning $15,000 and third place taking home $5,000. Four Bright Futures awards, at $5,000 apiece, will also be announced.
“International trade and investment provides a pathway for local businesses to create jobs, attract capital and grow our economy,” Chase Middle Market Banking Region Manager Craig Horstmann said. “When the barriers to market entry are minimized, local businesses can reach new customers and create local jobs. JPMorgan Chase is proud to support the STL Export Accelerator and its winning companies.”
The STL Export Accelerator’s goal is to reward the region’s best new exporters and promote their future global market strategies. It focuses on startups and the region’s small-to-mid-sized companies which plan to export within two years of launching.
“We are excited about this new contest and our upcoming event,” World Trade Center St. Louis Executive Director Tim Nowak said. “The launch of the STL Export Accelerator and the innovation of regional export services are leading to real, measurable results.”
STL Export Accelerator finalists:
Ivani / Network Presence Sensing
Lean Media, Inc.
Microbial Detection and Treatment
Start Right Foods
U.S. International Foods