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Announcing the TechSTL Foundation & STEM Scholarship Fund
TechSTL recently partnered with the St. Louis Community Foundation to launch a Foundation and Scholarship Fund to catalyze the innovation pipeline of the Greater St. Louis. The TechSTL Foundation is currently fundraising to support innovative Small Businesses launched by traditionally undercapitalized founders, through awarding grants to regional Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Revolving Loan Funds. The Foundation will also announce a series of competitive grants to support critical programs and capacity building for the 501(c)(3) organizations who drive the tech talent pipeline, digital equity, STEM education network, and tech-enabled business development efforts across the 15 county bi-state region.
The TechSTL Scholarship Fund will provide postsecondary scholarships to increase accessibility to computer science, data analytics, design, and IT business operations degree programs and certificates for diverse communities of the Metro. Eligible students will live in the 15-county St. Louis MSA and demonstrate unmet financial need at the postsecondary school they attend. Scholarships will be awarded to students who are members of historically excluded communities in the tech fields (women, BIPOC, foreign born, LGBTQIA, rural, and disabled). Each recipient will enroll full-time in an accredited, nonprofit, technical/trade school, two-year college, or four-year college/university in the Greater St. Louis Metro.
Donate to the TechSTL Foundation to support competitive grant programs that address capacity building challenges for the network of nonprofits driving the innovation pipeline of Greater St. Louis. We will host four grant application cycles each year for the categories listed below.
Grants for CDFIs and RLFs for Business Lending and Technical Assistance to support innovative small businesses
Grants for nonprofits who support the entrepreneurship and small business ecosystem to grow innovation programming and capacity
Grants for schools and nonprofits supporting K-12 STEM education programming with an emphsis on technology and innovation
Grants for workforce development and tech talent support nonprofits to expanding programming and capacity of the pipeline
Donate to the STEM Scholarship Fund to increase diversity in the St. Louis tech workforce by supporting more IT and data economy education opportunities obtained within historically underrepresented communities.
Scholarships for regionally hosted Apprenticeship Programs tied to computer science, data analytics, design, and IT business operations
Scholarships for regionally hosted Certificates or Credentialing tied to computer science, data analytics, design, and IT business operations
Scholarships for regionally hosted 2-year degree programs tied to computer science, data analytics, design, and IT business operations
Scholarships for regionally hosted 4-year degree programs tied to computer science, data analytics, design, and IT business operations
Our Five Year Strategy
In October of 2022, TechSTL released its 5X5 Blueprint that outlines their three phased strategy for achieving their ambitious goal of positioning St. Louis to be the most diverse innovation hub in the country by 2027. The Plan outlines the goals, programs, and investments needed to be made to rapidly scale the tech talent and entrepreneurship pipeline of the 15 county bi-state region.