T-REX | St. Louis Public Radio


Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

On the fourth floor of downtown-based startup incubator T-Rex, construction workers are putting on the final touches of Geosaurus. The marbled flooring they’re layering mimics St. Louis’ geographic landscape stretching west of the Mississippi River.

The geospatial resource center is slated to open in January. 

Drawings by a joint venture between McCarthy Building Companies and HITT Contracting show an aerial view of the new western headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in north St. Louis.
Provided | McCarthy-HITT

Business, academic and civic leaders are coming together to plot the future of the geospatial industry in St. Louis. 

A new initiative announced Thursday — GeoFutures — is intended to provide a framework for how to drive investment in location intelligence technology and the workforce to support it.

“We want St. Louis to be seen as the international hub of innovation and expertise in the geospatial industry, period,” said Patty Hagen, executive director of startup incubator T-Rex.

The technology startup incubator in downtown St. Louis is currently home to nearly 230 businesses. About 40 others got their start at T-REX and have moved to other locations throughout the region.
Wayne Pratt | St. Louis Public Radio

A St. Louis technology incubator is devoting an entire floor of its historic downtown building to establishing a pipeline of workers and advancements in the highly-skilled field of geospatial technology.

T-REX will soon house a Geospatial Resource Center. T-REX President and Executive Director Patricia Hagen recently spoke about the plans, which have been spurred, in part, by the yet-to-be-built National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's new headquarters in north St. Louis.

AT&T employees and T-REX members put together server stacks for the AT&T Open Source Lab at T-REX.
Photo provided | BJ Kraiberg | T-REX

AT&T is reaching out to St. Louis’ tech startup community with a new Open Source Lab.

The company is providing about $70,000 worth of servers, technology services and funding to create the lab, which will be located at the tech incubator T-REX in downtown St. Louis.

Jomo Castro, AT&T's regional director of external affairs, said it will allow for collaboration between startups, researchers and corporations.

Missouri Technology Corporation, startups
(Maria Altman, St. Louis Public Radio)

Governor Jay Nixon is thanking state lawmakers... at least for the funds they appropriated for the Missouri Technology Corporation.

The Democrat was in St. Louis Wednesday touting the nearly $16 million the Republican-controlled legislature included for MTC in the budget passed last week. MTC provides early-stage capital to both entrepreneurs and startups.

"When MTC gives an investment everyone knows that it’s smart and effective, and the legislature going along with us to make more resources available is important," Nixon said.

AlphaLab Startup Accelerator

A bus tour highlighting Midwestern startup communities will roll into St. Louis this fall. 

The Rise of the Rest Road Tour is spearheaded by AOL’s former CEO Steve Case, and includes several investment firms, including Revolution, which Case founded in 2005.

The tour will feature a startup pitch competition in each city with the winners getting a $100,000 investment from Case. In St. Louis, that competition will take place at T-REX, a downtown co-working space and technology incubator, on Oct. 10.

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It’s Tuesday, that magical day of the week when our thoughts turn to questions of economics, business, innovation, technology … and related topics that tickle our fancy but we haven’t been able to report on ourselves. It’s the day we say, “Don’t think we haven’t been paying attention, dear reader,” and we share some the things we’ve been reading on topics of interest. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 22, 2013: T-REx has its own building on Washington Avenue downtown, a move that could help the fast-growing business incubator raise more money and further its mission.

T-REx – which is jointly sponsored by St. Louis, the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, and the St. Louis Regional Chamber – announced today that it has purchased the Lammert Building, located at 911 Washington Ave. According to a press release, the business incubator plans to begin renovations soon with the goal of moving in early next year.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 23, 2013: Most children of the Midwest don’t get to experience soaring mountains. So, often, they have to make do with skyscrapers.

Chicago suburbanites like myself often encountered blasé surroundings growing up, with enough shopping centers and chain restaurants to create a sense of monotony. Going to downtown Chicago became something of an event, even if the only activities were taking pictures of the architecture or eating an opulent stuffed pizza.

County ventures forward with VentureWorks

Apr 25, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Framed in front of the handsome brick incubator facility at 315 Lemay Ferry Road, Beth Noonan expresses the hopes of a lot of folks in county economic development.

“We believe that our incubators will be a place where people connect and things happen, a place where entrepreneurs can share ideas and solve problems together,” Noonan told several dozen gathered in the chilly shade of a white tent. “We look forward to working together to drive the success of our client companies and of the region.”

Genius that begins small

May 9, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 9, 2012 - Soda and beer may have been the beverages of choice, and neither the spartan décor nor the disposable trays of fruit and cheese bespoke luxury, but the amenities weren’t the point. Tuesday afternoon’s Start-up Connection was all about genius that begins small.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 19, 2012 - Looking out on a view of downtown from her comfortable office, Allison Carmen admits to being an ardent environmentalist. But when she talks to potential investors, the kind of sustainability the 28-year-old Oregon native mentions isn’t measured in acres of forest saved or tons of plastic recycled.

“It’s green in the way that it creates extra money for you,” she said with a smile.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 5, 2012 - David Schenberg thinks he hit a homerun. He may have slightly stumbled a bit when he briefly considered ad libbing but overall, he feels he nailed it.

“A little humanization doesn’t hurt, right?” he laughed afterward. “At least that’s what I keep telling myself.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 27, 2012 - Duke Creighton’s degree is certainly a mouthful. But when you have a doctorate in physics with a focus on electromagnetism and a subspecialty in medical applications, questions about one’s envisioned career path come up immediately. Doctor? Physicist? Researcher?

“I wanted to be an artist,” he laughed.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 15, 2012 - Robert Hedges has been involved in businesses from the ground up before. He just needs to run across someone with the right idea.

Fortunately, he knows where he might look.

"It's a chance to possibly get in on something from the beginning and in more general terms get back into the energy and mindset of startups and see what's going on in St. Louis," said the 46-year-old electrical engineer.