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With entrepreneurship and innovation identified as a key element in our strategy to transform the region, we strive to expand the support of entrepreneurs with the capital, infrastructure, and network needed to create and scale new enterprises. Our goal is to increase regional capacity to support the regional innovation ecosystem and facilitate the relationships needed among accelerators, innovators, corporate sponsors, academic institutions, and non-profits to create scale.

We promote a risk-taking culture in St. Louis and have made founding investments in a number of companies and organizations, including early-stage business accelerators, T-REX, LaunchCode, and InvestMidwest. This is part of our comprehensive strategy to support the formation of early-stage capital and expand the region’s capacity to support entrepreneurship.

To encourage innovation, the Regional Chamber delivers economic development solutions to existing businesses to help them fund, run and grow their enterprises within the St. Louis region. Each year, we honor companies, institutions, and organizations that make the St. Louis region the best place to live, work, and invest with the prestigious Arcus Awards.