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March 9 deadline approaches for Ameren Accelerator applications
Five to seven startup companies will be selected to participate in the energy-focused program
ST. LOUIS, March 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The March 9 application deadline is approaching for the Ameren Accelerator, an innovative public-private partnership between Ameren Corporation, the University of Missouri System, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators that assesses, mentors and invests in energy technology startup companies. Applications are being accepted through March 9 at amerenaccelerator.com from interested entrepreneurs and energy-technology companies.
Selected companies each will receive $100,000 in seed capital to participate in the program, which will be located in Cortex – St. Louis' innovation and technology district. As part of the 12-week program, the selected startup companies will receive intensive mentoring, technical assistance, facilities and networking connections from the Ameren Accelerator partners. Subject-matter experts in the areas of energy, sales, marketing, pricing, technical development, operations, talent development and finance also will provide guidance.
At the conclusion of the program, participants will showcase their efforts to the mentoring teams, potential third-party investors, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, students and the general public during Ameren Accelerator Demo Day in September. Ameren may select the most promising projects for ongoing mentoring and engagement beyond the program.
The Ameren Accelerator is one of the first of its kind in the United States and the first in the St. Louis region to focus solely on emerging energy technologies. The goals of the program are to better position Ameren to meet its customers' future energy needs and expectations, attract job-creating startups to St. Louis and provide university students the opportunity to be more involved and engaged in the energy business.
The call for applicants follows a successful 2017 Ameren Accelerator, which attracted seven startup companies from around the world to participate in the inaugural program. The 2017 program drew more than 200 applicants from 23 states and 31 countries.
For more information about Ameren Accelerator, visit amerenaccelerator.com.
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For further information: Ameren: Joe Muehlenkamp / Bryan Daniels, 314.554.2182, email@example.com, UMSL Accelerate: Robert Samples, 314.516.5665, firstname.lastname@example.org, Capital Innovators: Brian Dixon, 314.566.7342, email@example.com