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We are grateful for the generous support of entrepreneurial ecosystem partners, in-kind donors, anonymous friends, and the following companies whose leadership made this first-of-its-kind, purpose driven, and university-led accelerator possible:


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Warner Baxter
Chairman, President, & CEO
Ameren Corporation
"Ameren is proud to launch this innovative Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Accelerator program with our long-time partner, the University of Missouri St. Louis, along with other leading companies in the St. Louis region. At Ameren, DE&I is a core value. Supporting diverse entrepreneurs is strongly aligned with Ameren’s values and culture, as well as our robust supplier diversity program and ongoing efforts to attract new diverse businesses to our region. This forward-thinking, public-private partnership is also consistent with our mission, To Power the Quality of Life, because we strongly believe that advancing DE&I not only makes our company better, but it also strengthens and uplifts the communities where we serve, live, work and play. As a life-long St. Louisan, I am excited about the opportunities that this important program can deliver for our community today and for years to come."
Learn more about Ameren and their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Ken Cella
Principal, Client Strategies
Edward Jones

"At Edward Jones, our purpose is to make a meaningful impact in the lives of our clients, their families and our communities. We have a commitment and an opportunity to partner with UMSL Accelerate to invest in underrepresented entrepreneurs across the St. Louis region. Our goal is to help nurture and empower diverse founders to make a meaningful impact with their ventures."

Learn more about Edward Jones and their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


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CEO, Evernorth which includes Express Scripts

"Helping to grow our local economy, and providing resources for people of all backgrounds through the Accelerator program, is perfectly aligned with our mission of improving health, well-being and peace of mind for our diverse communities and those we serve. Importantly, this program honors Express Scripts' history as a St. Louis startup -- led for years by my former boss, George Paz, a Latino UMSL graduate – and our desire to support the next generation of business leaders."

Learn more about Express Scripts and their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Alliance Sponsor:

Thank you to the following Alliance Sponsors who have provided financial and in-kind resources to support the winning founders:

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Ecosystem Partners:

Thank you to the following Entrepreneurial Support Organizations who have pledged to collaborate with, socialize on behalf of, and otherwise support the winning founders:

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In-Kind Supporters:

Thank you to the following entities who have pledged to provide in-kind support to the winning founders:

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If you would be interested in sponsoring this accelerator or otherwise partnering with us, please contact us.