The Gateway Accelerate program is designed for international entrepreneurs who have started a business and/or a sufficiently funded startup outside of the United States and would like to relocate or expand their business to St. Louis. International students graduating from U.S. universities who have started their own businesses and/or have sufficient funding are also eligible to apply to the program.
Upon acceptance to the program, all participating entrepreneurs must be willing to incorporate their business in the United States and establish an independent board of directors. With the goal of attracting and retaining qualified entrepreneurs that will grow their companies within St. Louis, the international entrepreneurs must be willing to commit to utilizing their expertise to contribute to the UMSL mission through:
Collaborating on academic research
Providing mentoring to UMSL students
Hiring students as interns or employees