At T-REX, we connect startup companies to supportive organizations whose sole mission is to support early-stage entrepreneurship and tech talent development. The following organizations, all partners of T-REX, give local startups access to resources needed for them to grow and thrive. These T-REX partners continue to bring positive energy and momentum to the City of St. Louis each and every day.

Cultivation Capital

Cultivation Capital is a venture capital firm that manages a family of funds focused on early-stage investing.

Founded in 2012, Cultivation Capital recognizes that promising companies are located all over the globe and that outstanding founders have a diversity of backgrounds. Most initial investments are during a startup’s Seed or Series A phase, and initial checks range from $100k – $3.5M. Industries of focus include life sciences and health tech, software and IT, and agriculture tech. Crunchbase News recently identified us as one of the 18 most active early stage venture firms in North America. They have also ranked us one of the top five recently founded lead investors in the U.S.

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Missouri Small Business Development Center – St. Louis

Missouri Small Business Development Centers deliver up-to-date counseling, training and technical assistance in all aspects of small business management.

The Missouri Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) help businesses in every stage. From concept to startup, growth to renewal, mature to succession. Business specialists are here to help you succeed at every stage in your business’ lifecycle. Business specialists use their expertise to help Missouri businesses with critical business development issues. Guidance addressing topics such as management, marketing and strategic planning is available for new and existing businesses.

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St. Louis MBDA Business Center

The Minority Business Development Agency is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that promotes the growth of minority-owned businesses through the mobilization and advancement of public and private sector programs, policy, and research.

The Center works with minority business enterprises to generate increased financing and contract opportunities and to create and retain jobs. The mission of the Center is to strengthen the US economy by helping ethnic minority businesses create or retain jobs, and build economically vibrant socially responsible entrepreneurs, businesses, and communities.

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St. Louis Small Business Empowerment Center

The SBEC serves as a one stop shop to help urban entrepreneurs startup and “stay up” their own business enterprise.

The SBEC’s mission is to provide economic development services focused on assisting entrepreneurs to help them sustain and grow their businesses and thus create wealth within their communities. SBEC helps entrepreneurs overcome the challenges of starting businesses in distressed and underserved neighborhoods and urban “Main Street” business districts through four major resources: Educational Workshops, Community Programming, Consulting Services, and Access to Capital.

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