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from http://techcocktail.com/ 9 days ago

Being a big fish in a small pond is underrated, particularly in the entrepreneurial world. Sure, competing with the likes of Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos for funding in Silicon Valley might sound like fun, but enjoying a little communal support from a small city can go a long way in fostering success. And if you don’t believe me, just ask the seven cleantech startups in the first cohort of St. Louis’ newest startup accelerator.

That’s right, Ameren Accelerator, in partnership with the University of Missouri System, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators, has just announced the first cohort of startups that will go through their program. After receiving 200 applications from 31 countries and 23 states, they’ve finally whittled it down to seven.

“The response to the Ameren Accelerator program was tremendous,” said Judy Sindecuse, CEO of Capital Innovators. “It wasn’t an easy choice ...

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