Crunchbase News recently ranked St. Louis as the fourth best city in the Midwest for “entrepreneurs and investors.” While Chicago pulled away from the pack and led all five major categories, St. Louis finished in the top five in four of them. Some highlights have St. Louis startups taking in $579 million of funding since 2015. Our city is also home to 44 institutional investors. St. Louis ranks fourth in both categories. Access to capital is key for young companies and St. Louis has a lot of it to keep the momentum going. With Cortex and the CBD home to incubators such as T-Rex, CIC, and TechShop (fresh off its one-year anniversary) the startup community is poised for more growth.