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MO SBTDC Success Stories

The Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center (MO SBTDC) has a variety of services that allows a business to succeed.  Take a look at a few of the success stories below:

Success Story 1: The eMINTS National Center

The eMINTS National Center, a BDP client, has won a five-year, nearly $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop eMINTS affiliate trainers in 56 schools in Alabama, Utah and Arkansas.

“The eMINTS Expansion Project: Implementing College and Career Ready Standards through 21st Century Classrooms” began in January. The project targets up to 450 teachers in high-need school districts and is anticipated to reach more than 24,000 students.

eMINTS helps teachers take a comprehensive approach to 21st century skill development. From lesson design to technology integration to classroom atmosphere, teachers learn to help students become the kind of problem-solvers, collaborators and innovators essential to the modern workplace.

eMINTs was piloted through a partnership led by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 1997. The concept worked so well that eMINTS was rolled out to 44 Missouri districts within two years and can now be found in classrooms across the United States and as far away as Australia. eMINTS is hosted by the MU College of Education.

A BDP client since 2010, leaders from eMINTS attended several business boot camps and sessions over the years, including the Tech Entrepreneurship Workshop, which helps faculty members move bright ideas from concept to commercialization, and the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program workshop, which shows attendees how to win SBIR and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer Research) R&D grants from federal programs.

Christine Terry, eMINTS National Center associate director, believes participation in these workshops and other BDP programs strengthened the center and contributed to the success of the grant application. The workshops, Terry says, were particularly helpful as staff refined how to communicate the story of the program and the difference it makes for teachers and kids.

Success Story 2: St. Louis tech startup Bonfyre

“Bonfyre is emerging to become one of St. Louis’ great tech startup success stories,” said Mike Downing, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. “Through the Missouri Technology Corporation and other avenues, we are fostering a strong tech scene in Missouri so companies likes Bonfyre can create jobs and thrive.”

Missouri Technology Corporation supported the company with an IDEA Funds co-investment when the company was founded in St. Louis in 2012. MTC also co-invested $300,000 in a more recent funding round which helped the company leverage a total of $2.4 million, led by Arsenal Capital Management.

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MU Extension's Business Development Program

In 2011, clients of MU Extension’s Business Development Program generated sales of over $235 million, created almost 6,000 jobs, and assisted businesses in acquiring almost $200 million in government contracts.

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MU Life Science Business Incubator

The MU Life Science Business Incubator helps launch startup companies, many of which grow from student and faculty discoveries, including Adroit Motion (laparoscopic instruments), Equinosis (diagnosing lameness in horses) and Organovo (tissue engineering).

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MU plays an important role in preparing the work force, graduating an average 6,915 students each year. For example, more Missouri physicians receive medical training from MU than from any other university. Three-fourths of Missouri veterinarians earned their veterinary degrees at MU, and law school alumni practice in every Missouri county and serve at all levels of the state judiciary.

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