ITEN was created in 2008 to help tech entrepreneurs launch successful new business ventures by offering educational programs and services. We have supported over 1,600 startups and are actively working with as many as 120 startups. We measure our success by the success of the startups we support who have created 1,750+ jobs since 2012 and the $240M raised in funding by 78 member companies that graduated from our Investor Readiness Program. In recent years we have expanded beyond tech to include any "innovation-led" startup, where a problem is being solved in a new way no matter the industry.
In May of 2020, ITEN became part of Lindenwood University’s Plaster College of Business and Entrepreneurship. This new relationship enables ITEN to expand its engagement with community entrepreneurs, while playing an integral role in supporting Lindenwood’s commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation education.