UMSL Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Accelerator

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The UMSL Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Accelerator is a first-of-its kind program that puts underrepresented entrepreneurs at the center of a purpose-driven, university-led accelerator that begins with a non-dilutive $50,000 capital injection. The STL Partnership is happy to support and promote this business accelerator for the region’s entrepreneurs.


UMSL’s vision is a Greater St. Louis where ALL entrepreneurs have equal access to developing and growing businesses, resulting in job growth, wealth creation, and community improvement throughout the region.


UMSL aims to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the St. Louis startup ecosystem by empowering diverse founders from underrepresented communities. Empowerment begins with capital, followed by instruction and mentorship. We succeed by:

  • Providing non-dilutive capital to underestimated startup founders;
  • Leading a best-in-class business development program that facilitates access to networks, mentors, subject matter experts, and customized educational support; and
  • Leveraging University of Missouri – St. Louis resources such as paid student interns, active alumni, and engaged faculty to amplify startups with further research, grant applications, and guidance.