Center for Emerging Technologies (CET)

The Center for Emerging Technologies provides specialized facilities and business, technology and financing services to early-stage medical (diagnostics, therapies, instrument and devices) and other advanced technology companies.


The Center for Emerging Technologies staff assists companies with business and technology development as well as attraction of capital. Extensive education and training sessions are presented on the premises focused on issues pertinent to life science entrepreneurs. Incubator and accelerator space, which includes wet labs, is also available.

Square One (SQ1): CET’s flagship program for entrepreneurs, Square One, is a hands-on training program designed to provide support to early-stage and first-time business owners in the St. Louis region actively engaged in the development of a bioscience, information technology or advanced manufacturing/consumer product enterprise. 

Square Qne offers two training options:

  • SQ1 Ignite is a four-week program created to help founders quick-start their business model validation process. With emphasis on the business model canvas, this process introduces entrepreneurs to the local ecosystem of support, challenges them to form and test the assumptions about their business idea, connects them with mentors and helps them identify the crucial next steps in launching their business.
  • SQ1 Boot Camp is an in-depth 10-week, 50-hour program that combines formal instruction with hands-on learning, networking and mentoring. The program’s structured curriculum seeks to instill in entrepreneurs the confidence and skills needed to succeed in high-growth industries. Sector experts lead the bioscience, information technology and advanced manufacturing tracks, respectively. participants work on specific deliverables such as a business model canvas, financial statements, pitch-deck, two-minute elevator pitch and planning checklist. 

Incubator/accelerator facilities: CET has 92,000 square feet of incubator and accelerator facilities that include wet labs and other specialized spaces as well as shared business and research facilities and equipment. CET has demonstrated success in creating and developing biomedical (biotech, medical instruments and devices) and other advanced technology companies from inception to high-growth stage, with the first IPO in 2004. Tenant companies have attracted $875 million in capital to the region, with an economic impact of $1.2 billion. CET was recognized by the National Business Incubation Association as one of the top 10 incubators in the country and received an award for Excellence in Tech-led Economic Development from U.S. Economic Development Administration.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Financial Assistance for International Trade Shows
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training

Legal Services

  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources


  • Market Research

Office, Incubator, Accelerator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Incubator Space

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization


  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Startup Classes (Specialty)

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Manufacturing Development
  • High Tech Development
  • Life Sciences Development
  • Wet Lab Incubator
  • Commercialization
  • Technology Transfer

Starting a Business

  • Startup Classes (Specialty)


  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring
Contact Information
Rikki Henry
20 South Sarah Street
Saint Louis, MO 63108
(314) 615-6901