St. Louis’ Cortex is rebranding its Bio Entrepreneur Development program to include more entrepreneurs from the information technology and manufacturing sectors. Veteran entrepreneur Mary Louise Helbig will manage the revamped program, now called Square One.
The 10-week program will train first-time entrepreneurs through a blend of formal teaching, hands-on instruction, networking and more. It will then route the entrepreneurs to one of three mentoring groups: ITEN for tech, BioGenerator for biotech and GatewayVMS for manufacturing.
Cortex’s Phyllis Ellison said the changes to the program help keep it aligned with the overall direction of St. Louis entrepreneurship.
“When BED started four years ago, it was a way to help out a lot of the Pfizer scientists who wanted to stay in St. Louis,” she said. “But over the last few years, we’ve seen more people with IT ideas and product ideas apply.”