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ITEN offers entrepreneurs and innovators educational events to support them during their commercialization journey. From ideation to prototype and on to growth stage, our education events cover critical topics such as: creating a business model, using the Lean Canvas, delivering an effective pitch, developing financials, and protecting IP – to name just a few.

Our cornerstone event is 2nd Thursday with additional events, seminars and workshops scheduled throughout the year.

ITEN 2nd Thursday

2nd Thursday is ITEN’s signature monthly event connecting entrepreneurs and emerging tech companies with subject matter experts, other founders, and a diverse innovation community, typically held every month at Venture Cafe, 4240 Duncan Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63110; but virtual until further notice due to COVID-19.

Thursday, July 8

4 - 5 p.m.

Fundraising Strategies, Goals, and Trends to Know that Can Help Get Your Startup Started!

Presented by Mark Graffagnini, Founder and Managing Partner of Cara Stone LLP, & Partner at Callais Capital Management.

Mark Graffagnini will discuss how companies can use venture capital data as part of their fundraising strategy. Mark will look at the fundraising trends in Missouri over the past several years and discuss what companies can learn about structuring deal terms and setting fundraising goals. He will also review what companies should think about in the early stages of a company to make them more attractive to potential investors.


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Member Events

ITEN hosts events for our community members, such as Founder2Founder, Pitch Practice and Corporate Showcases. Please visit UNION for the latest event calendar and to register.

Regional Events

We are a founding member and co-organizer of events that are open to the public.

Startup Connection


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