The Gateway Accelerate team is dedicated to assisting international entrepreneurs as they move their businesses to St. Louis and to helping the program participants thrive in the region’s entrepreneurial community. The team’s efforts also focus around being a collaborative force that fosters cooperation among area universities with the united goal of growing the region’s entrepreneurial presence on an international level. The Gateway Accelerate program is a proof of concept; when successful, the intention is to scale the program through partnerships with other universities in the region.
Charlie Hoffman – Dean, UMSL College of Business
Joel Glassman – Professor & Director of International Studies
Dan Lauer – Founding Executive Director, UMSL|Accelerate
Betsy Cohen – Executive Director, St. Louis Mosaic Project
Molly Hyland – Senior VP & Director of Community Relations, Commerce Bank
Craig Montuori – Global EIR Coalition
Daniel Fogarty – LaunchCode and Cohort Leader
Ben Burke – Director of Entrepreneurship at Arch Grants
Jeff Bell – Shareholder at Polsinelli
Founding Executive Director UMSL| Accelerate
UMSL business alumnus, serial entrepreneur and creator and licensor of Waterbabies – Dan is working with University of Missouri–St. Louis to launch UMSL Accelerate, UMSL|Accelerate is an interdisciplinary, new model entrepreneurial resource that serves as a catalyst for developing students, faculty and community to inspire entrepreneurship and innovation.As an engaging Product Management Leader possessing a winning blend of sales, brand management, team leadership, strategic and communications acumen Dan has demonstrated record of success building and launching new brands, products, and companies that capture the imagination of customers and foster creative development. Dan is best known for delivering disruptive results as an Industry Pioneer and Product Development & Management Leader, having achieved recognition as the creator and licensor of the Waterbabies®, the creator of The Great American Toy Hunt™, and the development of the AvaStars™ platform of customized 3D digital and physical products.
Launchcode, and Gateway Accelerate Cohort Leader
Daniel studied business and marketing at Dublin Institute of Technology. After graduating Daniel went straight into the finance world working on consumer facing technology for KBC Bank where he led projects to increase and improve the use of technology to reach and serve the younger customers of the bank. In late 2013 Daniel moved to St. Louis to work at a newly formed financial technology accelerator called SixThirty. While there, he vetted and assessed numerous applicants culminating in investments in eight startups. From there, Daniel began working with a startup nonprofit called LaunchCode leading their candidate operations, their core proprietary service. He continued to build and improve upon this process, helping to grow the organization from 3 employees to 40 in the two years after he joined. Thanks to Daniel’s assessment process, LaunchCode has successfully over 450+ candidates into technology careers with an over 90% success rate.