Greater St. Louis has always fostered a spirit of innovation, having seen the birth and explosive growth of many of America’s best-known companies such as Edward Jones and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Now, the region’s burgeoning startup scene has launched a new wave of innovative businesses striving to drive the St. Louis economy.
This growth is supported by multiple research hubs, strong corporate sponsors and highly skilled entrepreneurs. And the experts have taken notice: The region’s tightly integrated startup ecosystem has garnered a host of top rankings. Among them: FitSmallBusiness.com named St. Louis the No. 2 city in the country for entrepreneurs in 2019; Forbes included St. Louis in its list of Top 10 cities for startups in 2018; and Business Insider ranked St. Louis 7th in “Best Big Cities for Starting a Business” in 2017.