ITEN ( https://www.itenstl.org ) and Cara Stone, LLP ( https://carastone.com/ ) are excited to announce their new collaboration aimed at enhancing and broadening services for the tech startup companies they serve.  “ITEN is focused on supporting the launch and commercialization of scalable tech companies in the St. Louis region. This partnership supports publishing a digital version of our very popular St. Louis Tech Startup Ecosystem map on our website, and enables us to expand educational programming in the critically important area of investor funding,” said Mary Louise Helbig, ITEN Executive Director.  “In addition to featured articles on our blog, and exploring opportunities to present new bootcamp programs, we are looking forward to Cara Stone participating in the Funding Roadmap session at our 2nd Thursday Event on October 10, 2019, at Venture Café.

“Cara Stone believes the vibrant companies of the future are going to emerge from places like Missouri that understand hard work and how to build real value. The work that ITEN does in the community to educate, support, and connect entrepreneurs is crucial to the success of those companies. We’re excited to partner with ITEN and lend our expertise on fundraising in emerging markets,” said Mark Graffagnini, Managing Partner of Cara Stone.

Support from organizations like Cara Stone enables ITEN to provide programs and services free-of-charge to tech entrepreneurs as they commercialize new innovation and launch new businesses.  This has a positive and direct impact on the St. Louis region as measured by new product launches, job creation, revenue production and talent attraction and retention.  You may access and download a current copy of ITEN’s 2018 Impact Report at ( https://www.itenstl.org/get-reports/ ).

About ITEN:ITEN provides a foundation for entrepreneurs, Corporations, organizations, and agencies to collaborate towards building strong startups and a vibrant tech innovation ecosystem. ITEN provides unique programs, events, and access to resources that accelerate tech innovation. ITEN’s programs provide ventures a roadmap from concept through design, prototype, launch, revenue, funding and rapid scaling. Guidance from serial entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, and important community influencers helps entrepreneurs focus on essential critical tasks and avoid wasted efforts. Access to corporations, investors, key service providers, and qualified talent provides early validation and reduces barriers to rapid growth. Designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, ITEN is a unique community asset and a proven route to venture a success. Follow ITEN on Twitter at @itenstl and visit our website at www.itenstl.org to learn more.

About Cara Stone, LLP:
Cara Stone, LLP (“Cara Stone”) is widely considered to be a top law firm in the realm of angel and venture capital and private equity. The firm has established itself as one of the leading capital markets law firms in the U.S. In 2018, Cara Stone lead approximately $1 billion worth of private equity transactions including one of the largest going public deals for a non-Silicon Valley tech company in 2018. Cara Stone has offices in New Orleans, Chicago, Lafayette, and Los Angeles. The firm is seeking to expand to emerging capital markets to help those ecosystems develop stronger entrepreneurial systems and to continue to help the best companies in the small and mid-sized markets find capital, grow, and exit.

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