With growing sectors like cybersecurity, geospatial intelligence and life sciences, the St. Louis region is a national center for technical innovation.
The 200-acre Cortex innovation district serves as an epicenter for the sector, with 250 companies and investment of $550 million so far and $2.3 billion total expected.
Venture capital for local tech firms continues to rise, and a plethora of support and training organizations have sprung up to help tech businesses continue to flourish.
Major area tech companies based in the region include World Wide Technology. Since 2011, the company has grown by more than 56 percent to over $11 billion in annual revenue. It also happens to be the nation’s largest African American-owned business. Other companies with major St. Louis operations heavy on technical innovation include MasterCard, Express Scripts, Graybar and Centene.