Capital Innovators

Capital Innovators is a nationally ranked 12-week accelerator program offering startups with traction $50,000 as well as access to over $1 MM in perks and benefits, mentorship, connections with the community’s top businesses and leaders, access to an extensive network of investors, office space and business programming.

Cohorts are selected biannually in the spring and the fall with five or six tech or product companies selected for each class. For the last three years, Capital Innovators has been named a top 10 national accelerator. Capital Innovators launched in 2010 and was St. Louis’ first accelerator program. Capital Innovators currently has 70 portfolio companies.

Capital Innovators recently launched Triumph C-Suite Solutions, a program that places C-Suite Partners with companies on a fractional basis in C-Suite level roles. 

In 2016, Capital Innovators announced a partnership with Maritz, Inc. The partnership includes knowledge sharing, the exchange of best practices and mentorship and a co-leased space in the Cortex Innovation Community.

Impact
Top 10 national ranking
$185+ million dollars raised
70 portfolio companies
98% companies operating

Signature Programs
Capital Innovators Accelerator Program 
Triumph C Suite

Key Dates
Check here for the most up-to-date information about Capital Innovators’ program schedule and application deadlines.

The Capital Innovators Demo Day is not-to-miss. Read more about last year’s Demo Day here.

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Twitter: @CapInnovators
Facebook: @CapInnovators
LinkedIn: /Capital-Innovators
Blog: www.capitalinnovators.com/blog-1
Website: Capitalinnovators.com

Office
CIC@4240
Cortex Innovation Community
4240 Duncan Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110

VFA Panel Capital Innovators

How to Strengthen and Grow Your Startup Ecosystem: Capital Innovators Panel with Leslie Miley...

On Monday, May 15, the eve of Capital Innovators Demo Day, the St. Louis-based accelerator hosted a panel discussion at T-REX with Cultivation Capital, Venture for America, and PluggedIN titled, “How to Strengthen and Grow Your Startup Ecosystem.” Here are takeaways from the thought-provoking discussion.

Take a Hint (or 5): How to Get the Most out of Attending Capital...

One of the biggest annual events for St. Louis' startup community, Capital Innovators’ Demo Day is less than 30 days away. Here are all the details for the May 16 event–and how to maximize your experience during the half-day event.
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Five Founders Share Advice and Insights on the Capital Innovators Experience

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Let Us Count The Ways: Why You Should Apply to Capital Innovators

You have a validated concept, a viable team, early traction, a straightforward value proposition and business plan and are ready to apply for an accelerator to take things to the next level. Applied to Capital Innovators yet?...
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Transitioning Growth: Brian Dixon On How Capital Innovators Stays Poised for What’s Next

Last month, Capital Innovators named its 2016 fall cohort and the program began. But that's not the only news coming out of the accelerator. This summer brought a lot of internal growth to Capital Innovators as...

Catching up with Capital Innovators’ Judy Sindecuse

Judy Sindecuse can be described in many different ways, but resolute may be the most apt description, and her resolve has paid off for St. Louis. Six years ago, she set her mind toward...

7 Reasons to Register for Capital Innovators Demo Day ASAP

Mark your calendars for May 17, when Capital Innovators turns their Demo Day into an open-to-all event you can't miss. This affair puts the accelerator’s fall and spring semester cohorts—11 total companies—front and center. Each...

From Opening Day to Demo Day, Spinball Sports is Ready to Pitch

Tom Hart, Spinball Sports’ CEO knows what goes into a great pitch: aim, angle, spin, speed and follow through. His Pro Line and Spinball Wizard pitching machines worthy of the major leagues, prove that. But...

7 Habits of Highly Effective Entrepreneurs

St Louis’ unique ecosystem of incubators, accelerators, competitions and startup facilities is working. Not only does it transform startups into thriving businesses, but it also produces a new generation of successful entrepreneurs. It’s a cadre of...
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From Mentor to C-suite: How Dr. Renato Cataldo helped MedSocket Pivot

Dr. Renato Cataldo is Capital Innovators' longest-tenured mentor. Leveraging his 30 years of experience in the medical industry, Cataldo has spent more than 4,000 hours guiding startups through all the trials of founding and running...

Ken Herold on The Value of Mentorship

Ken Herold’s fingerprints are all over the St. Louis startup scene. As an entrepreneur-in-residence for HOK, a global architecture, design and engineering firm during more than two decades with the company, he’s mentored more...

What’s Next For Capital Innovators’ Fall 2015 Class

After 12 weeks of meeting with seasoned mentors, working on business models and surviving Pitch Day, the graduates of the Capital Innovators Fall 2015 cohort are ready to take on the new year. We caught up...

Reconstruction: How Jobsite Unite is Helping Hardhats Work Smarter

Jay Olsen has worked with his hands his whole life. The founder of Jobsite Unite may have swapped a hammer for a mobile device these days, but there’s no doubt he knows construction. “I grew...

Keeping it Simple: 4 Startup Mentors Give Advice to Founders

Entrepreneurs enter the startup space with a great idea and an unparalleled determination to see it succeed. While tremendous skill and unrelenting drive can move them closer to that dream, everyone needs advice along...

Summer in St. Louis: FocalCast Presents What They Learned

You spend hours putting together a presentation. You rehearse in front of captive friends and family. You rearrange slides. Your charge your laptop. Then on the big day in front of an audience of...
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3 Tips For STL Grads Looking For Their Dream Job From Better Weekdays CEO...

As summer winds down and brings a return for students and an end to internships, it's easy to stop thinking about work. But for those hoping to find a job they love, here are a...

Capital Innovators’ Brian Dixon: The Best Is Yet To Come For Tech In STL

"In the coming years, tech positions will become the most sought-after positions in the city"

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Accelerator Program Alumni Becomes Resident Adviser to Future STL Startups

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Capital Innovators Partners With EdTech Firm Rozzy Learning Company

Capital Innovators announced yesterday it has formed a partnership with Rozzy Learning Company, an EdTech company that teaches children 21st-century skills from an early age through experiential learning.

Greetabl Raises $1.5M Funding Round to Expand Platform and Break into New Markets

Greetabl, the St. Louis-based e-commerce gifts and greetings startup, announced today it has oversubscribed its $1.5M Series Seed II fundraising to launch new platform features, hire key employees, and expand its marketing, including breaking into new markets.

How to Strengthen and Grow Your Startup Ecosystem: Capital Innovators Panel with Leslie Miley Brings Diverse Voices to the Table

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Ameren Accelerator Received Over 200 Applicants from 30 Countries

When Ameren Corporation, UMSL Accelerate from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Capital Innovators came together to announce the new Ameren Accelerator program in March, it was the first of its kind in the U.S. and the St. Louis region’s first accelerator to focus on energy technologies. This week, it announced some newsworthy application statistics.

University of Missouri-St. Louis Grows its Entrepreneurship Platform with UMSL Accelerate

UMSL has created generations of entrepreneurs and corporate CEOs. The university is now picking up its pace with the growth of its entrepreneurship platform, UMSL Accelerate. And accelerating they are.

Take a Hint (or 5): How to Get the Most out of Attending Capital Innovators’ Demo Day

One of the biggest annual events for St. Louis' startup community, Capital Innovators’ Demo Day is less than 30 days away. Here are all the details for the May 16 event–and how to maximize your experience during the half-day event.

Ameren Launches Energy Technology Accelerator in St. Louis, Partners With Capital Innovators and UMSL Accelerate

Ameren Corporation announced today the launch of Ameren Accelerator, an innovative public-private partnership with the University of Missouri System, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators.

New to St. Louis, But a Big Fan Already: Why International Pico.Buzz made a B-line to the Midwest

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Capital Innovators Announces Its Spring 2017 Accelerator Class

Capital Innovators Spring class includes companies serving industries in Fitness Technology, Sports Technology, EdTech, Crowdfunding, and Consumer Packaged Goods. See who joined the program.