Jim Mosquera Joins Lindenwood University’s Plaster College With Responsibility for the Duree Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership & ITEN
December 20, 2022 - Jim arrives after a distinguished corporate career in telecommunications/technology/software development. He founded and operated a consultancy offering alternative finance and debt restructuring for the SMB market. Jim also founded a publishing company where he authored seven books in both fiction (political thriller) and non-fiction (financial markets/economics) genres and four audio productions. He’s also been an editor for financial/investor journals including Examiner.com, Daily Reckoning, Seeking Alpha, and TalkMarkets. Most recently he served as VP of Corporate Development for a local Managed IT/Software Development/ Consultant provider.
Devon Moody-Graham Joins the ITEN Entrepreneur in Residence Team!
July 28, 2022 - ITEN is delighted to announce the addition of Devon Moody-Graham to the Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) team. Devon Moody-Graham, MBA is an International business strategist, author and community leader dedicated to seeing a positive shift in economic development through entrepreneurship in underserved communities. She’s the Chief Solutions Officer of CEOMom Empire LLC and Lead Strategist in Business Development to several companies, non-profits, and universities. She creates and facilitates transformational entrepreneurship programs and experiences.
ITEN Welcomes Newest Entrepreneur in Resident, Pravina Pindoria
June 15, 2022 - ITEN is very happy to announce the newest addition to our Entrepreneur in Residents team! Pravina Pindoria is from London, UK and moved to St. Louis 7 years after winning an Arch Grant for Tallyfy - a B2B SaaS company that automates tasks between people. As co-founder of Tallyfy, Pravina helped raise $2.6m in seed funding from investors in St. Louis and Silicon Valley and went through accelerators 500 Startups and Alchemist in San Francisco.
Startup Fail Culture vs. Fail Fast, Fail Often
Aug. 1, 2021 - ITEN Mentor and Sr. Partner/Director of Business Solutions, Ken Mocabee, provides details into what "Fail Fast" really means, and how founders can use this important principle to build successful businesses.
ITEN welcomes Newest Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR), Emily Breedlove
June 1, 2021 - ITEN is pleased to announce the addition of Emily Breedlove as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR). With more than 15 years of experience, Breedlove is committed to fostering equitable economic opportunity across America by empowering regions through data-driven strategic planning, public-private partnerships, and leading-edge community advancement practices.
Identifying Your Ideal Customer
March 2, 2021 – The month of March is Women’s History Month. What better way to celebrate than to gain some great advice and tips from ITEN Mentor, and principal at Sales Acceleration Group, Kristie Jones.
Is the MVP (Minimum Viable Product) Dead?
April 16, 2021 - Is the MVP dead? We’ll dig into what an MVP actually is, how it’s evolved, and how you can use the concept to validate and drive your product development journey.
Read full article by ITEN Mentor Ken Mocabee, Sr. Partner/Director of Business Solutions
It All Starts with a Business Model Canvas or Lean Canvas!
February 15, 2021 – An important place to start any new venture is defining and understanding your business model; even asking the fundamental question, “Do I have a business?”.
Celebrating and Thankful for our STL Entrepreneurs
November 17, 2020 – The month of November is the time of year we celebrate Thanksgiving, a time for reflection and gratitude. This year is rather a different year than most. With a pandemic upon us, we give special thanks for what we have this year, not necessarily for what we especially want.
Top Industries At Risk for Cyber Attacks
October 22, 2020 – October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) which was created in 2004 to bring attention to cybersecurity in a connected world. We all have a part to play in protecting ourselves and businesses from cyber attacks to ensure the long-term security and viability of the technologies and solutions we use every day.
Full Article (throttlenet.com)
Convertible Note (or SAFE) vs Equity: What’s the Better Deal?
September 25, 2020 – We are happy to share this wealth of information from our Digital Startup Ecosystem Map Sponsor, Cara Stone, LLP, on a decision many founders are confronted with, when should my company use a convertible note or safe?
10 Taboo Subjects About Becoming an Entrepreneur
May 19, 2020 – Gv Freeman hosted our virtual Expert Round Table event at Venture Café on May 14, 2020. Gv is a highly respected and sought after ITEN mentor because as an entrepreneur he understands the journey, and he is also a great advisor in self-care.
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Drowning in COVID-19 Information?
April 10, 2020 – We know these are challenging times for everyone. The good news is STL is a community that wants to stand together and help one another make it through. That said, the amount of information being shared, forwarded and broadcast is rather overwhelming.
How HomeTraq is Innovating to Adapt to the COVID-19 Situation
April 8, 2020 – We are always impressed by the determination and resilience of the entrepreneurs we work with at ITEN. Quite frankly it is inspiring! Check out how the HomeTraq team is using video home tours to continue home showings. About 75% of their customers are requesting this service. Congratulations Mark and Brett!
Full Article (bizjournals.com)
Supporting Startups in Times of Uncertainty
March 20, 2020 – In November 2018, ITEN added the on-line engagement platform tool, UNION, for all our member companies to more effectively access the services and resources that we offer to them to help launch their tech companies, as well as connect with mentors and each other.
Creating a Sales Culture of Accountability
March 14, 2020 - The month of March is Women’s History Month. What better way to celebrate than to listen to some great advice and tips from ITEN Mentor, and principal at Sales Acceleration Group, Kristie Jones.
How Do the U.S. SBA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs Work?
February 14, 2020 – The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a large and competitive initiative administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration to encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research / Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.
Thanks to All Our Fabulous ITEN Mentors!
January 18, 2020 – January is National Mentoring Month and what a great way to start the new year by letting our ITEN mentors and all mentors know how much they are truly appreciated. Their knowledge, dedication and reliability help the next generation of business leaders achieve their full potential.
Entrepreneur Ecosystem Building by the Numbers
November 22, 2019 – When a community works together to support its startups, it shows in the numbers. ITEN is a self-proclaimed entrepreneur ecosystem builder. On a daily basis we work with other Entrepreneur Support Organizations (ESOs), universities and corporations to help St. Louis area entrepreneurs launch successful new tech ventures.
Elevator Pitches – So Short, Yet So Hard to Perfect
October 1, 2019 – Most people, even those not active in startup communities, are aware of elevator pitches. From Shark Tank to local pitch competitions, they seem to be everywhere these days. However, they are more versatile than public pitch competitions and investor introductions.
The Executive Summary: Your Startup’s Resume
June 26, 2019 – Wikipedia defines an ‘Executive Summary’ as a short document or section of a document, produced for business purposes, that summarizes a longer report or proposal or a group of related reports in such a way that readers can rapidly become acquainted with a large body of material without having to read it all.
ITEN Company Spotlight: HUM Industrial Technology
January 15, 2019 – We are happy to spotlight one of our newer member companies this month that just recently joined ITEN, HUM Industrial Technology. They develop wireless sensors and AI to make rail transportation smarter and safer. Using “vibration analysis” and machine learning software Byron Porter (CEO) is taking HUM to the next level.
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