Recent investment in St. Louis metro area startups has been at near record levels. Between 2013 and 2015, companies in the St. Louis, MO-IL metro area raised over $1 billion in venture capital investments. In 2013, 75 companies raised $320 million in venture capital, more than triple the previous year’s total. In 2014, another $280 million was invested in 60 St. Louis companies. The pace of venture capital investment in 2015 continued at a high level. Another $380 million was invested in 120 startups in 135 separate investments. Much of this investment was in new firms in information technology, financial services, and biosciences.
The St. Louis region is home to over ten local angel and venture capital investors. Combined with increasing investments from national venture capital funds there are diverse opportunities for area startups to secure capital investment. InvestMidwest is a venture capital conference that is held biennially in St. Louis and has raised over $1 billion in investment for participants over the last 17 years.
The combination of ample venture capital, angel investors, public funds, and entrepreneurial competitions has made Greater St. Louis into a strong location to launch a startup, or for startups from elsewhere to expand into the Midwest and U.S. markets.
These assets and the growth in venture capital investments continue to receive national attention. Popular Mechanics named St. Louis number one out of the “14 Best Startup Cities in America” in 2015 citing community support for our growing entrepreneurial ecosystem.