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UMSL Accelerate - University of Missouri-St. Louis

UMSL Accelerate is the innovation and entrepreneurial resource for students, faculty and the community. Our vision is to serve as a catalyst for developing our students, faculty and community to inspire entrepreneurship and innovation. Our mission is to foster a community of thought leaders by providing a vibrant ecosystem to Educate (curriculum), Innovate (co-curriculum), and Collaborate (community programming).

About

UMSL Accelerate is the innovation and entrepreneurial resource for students, faculty and the community. Our vision is to serve as a catalyst for developing our students, faculty and community to inspire entrepreneurship and innovation. Our mission is to foster a community of thought leaders by providing a vibrant ecosystem to Educate (curriculum), Innovate (co-curriculum), and Collaborate (community programming). 

Educate – We offer advanced curriculum, expertise, mentorship, and experiences. Our evolving curriculum focuses on design thinking and innovation systems to develop insightful leaders with skills to bring ideas to market, start and grow new endeavors and solve problems creatively. Currently, we offer six innovation & entrepreneurship courses, an interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate, and will offer an undergraduate major in spring 2019. 

Innovate -
 
We inspire a culture of innovation and support groundbreaking research. Our co-curricular activities are designed to encourage students, faculty and community engagement to the region's growing ecosystem of entrepreneurial resources, focusing on real world applications, training and opportunities. Innovate programs include EC@UMSL, Entrepreneur in Residence, Entrepreneur Legal Clinic @UMSL, and Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization. 

Collaborate –  It’s a crowded ecosystem, how do we differentiate? By doing first of its kind, next generation, new model thinking. Our “Powered By” University driven Accelerators are the first of its kind. As a paid intern, we offer work with startups in the cortex district. Learn by doing. Our first "Powered By" accelerator is Ameren Accelerator. Every year, this accelerator runs boot camp with a cohort of of startups with promising solutions in clean energy. To learn more, visit amerenaccelerator.com.

Services

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing an Existing Business
  • Valuation

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Lease Review
  • Revitalization
  • Site Location Assistance
  • Tax Credits
  • Watershed Planning

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Angel Investment Providers
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Financial Assistance for International Trade Shows
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Loan Providers
  • Obtaining Equity Funding
  • Obtaining Government Funding
  • Tax Credits
  • Technology Grants
  • Venture Capital Equity Providers

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives

Import and Export Assistance

  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Import/Export Certification and Licensing
  • Locating Foreign Distributors
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting
  • Trade Education and Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects

Legal Services

  • Contract Review
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Forming a Business
  • Lease Review
  • Patent Seminars
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Industry Specific Research/Expertise

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • Hazardous Waste Generation Avoidance Training
  • Health and Safety Training
  • High Tech Development
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Life Sciences Development
  • Manufacturing Development
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)
  • Science/Bioscience Seminars
  • Technology Transfer
  • Wet Lab Incubator

Marketing/Sales

  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Website Development

Mentoring

  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Home Based
  • Industry Specific
  • International Trade
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit Development

  • Accounting
  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Services

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

  • Accelerators
  • Commercial Kitchen Facilities
  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking Space
  • Incubator Space
  • Lease Review
  • Maker Space
  • Office Equipment and Furniture
  • Office Space
  • Retail Space
  • Site Location

Operations and Logistics

  • Freight and Distribution
  • Hazardous Waste Generation Avoidance Training
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Locating Freight Forwarders/Customs Brokers
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)

Product Development

  • Patent Information
  • Product Assembly and Packaging
  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development

Regulatory Compliance

  • Bonding
  • Codes
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Government Requirements
  • Insurance Requirements
  • International Regulatory Compliance
  • Patent Information
  • Registration, licenses and permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • Government and Military Specifications
  • HUB zone Certification
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Price History
  • Registration Assistance
  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses
  • Subcontracting Opportunities

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Tax Services

  • State and Federal TaxTraining
  • State Tax Credit Information
  • Tax Credits
  • Tax Preparation Assistance
  • Tax Registration

Training

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Human Resources Training
  • Startup Classes
  • Trade Education and Training
Primary ContactUMSL Accelerate
AddresssOne University Blvd
355B J.C. Penney North Building
St. Louis, MO 63121
Phone(314) 516-4626