What is the difference between CIC, CET, and Cortex?

Established in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1999, for the past 15 years, Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) has been perfecting its craft as the premier office facility for world-class entrepreneurs and the startup community that supports them. CIC began looking at expansion locations a couple of years ago and has since expanded to St. Louis, Rotterdam, and Miami. CIC strives to become a national leader as a place for entrepreneurs and their startups. In St. Louis, CIC became a partner of the Cortex Innovation Community by taking over operations of the Center for Emerging Technologies' physical infrastructure and creating CIC@CET in June of 2014 and opening CIC@4240 in the @4240 Building in September of 2014.

Founded in 1998, the Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) is the largest and oldest Innovation Center in Missouri. While CIC now manages the Center’s physical infrastructure, CET continues to provide coaching, training and technical assistance programs for early stage entrepreneurs in bioscience, IT, and advanced manufacturing industries.

Since its founding in 2002, the Cortex Innovation Community has become the Midwest’s premier hub of bioscience and technology research, development and commercialization, serving as the anchor of St. Louis’ growing ecosystem for innovative startup and established companies. Cortex provides biomedical science and overall technology research facilities that hatch some of the nation’s most promising technological advances. Cortex offers customizable lab and office space for rent, proximity to world-class research institutions, availability of a highly-trained workforce, and access to venture capital. CET came under the Cortex umbrella in 2012 and CIC officially became a Cortex partner in May of 2013.

What does CET do?

CET's job is to find, develop and support early stage entrepreneurs to promote the creation of high-growth companies. While workshops, seminars and programs like Square One are what we are known for, business owners and entrepreneurs contact us time to talk about their ventures and connect with resources.

I am trying to update my business plan, increase sales, find a mentor, understand the "ecosystem," and/or Figure out what to do Next. WHo Should I contact?

You can reach out to Christy Maxfield at cmaxfield@cortexstl.com to find out how CET can help you. If she can’t help she will find someone who can! Need help now? Check out CET’s online Startup Tool Kit for videos, links and PDFs that can help you start and grow your business.

What is Square One?

There are two Square One (SQ1) programs - SQ1 Ignite and SQ1 Boot Camp. Ignite is a four-week program offered in the spring to help new entrepreneurs jump start their business model validation process. The ten-week Boot Camp in the fall  sector leaders and subject matter experts help participants delve into the core business competencies needed to launch and scale a company. 

How much do CET's Services cost?

Advice, consultation and referrals – NOTHING! Very often, workshops and seminars are also free of charge. Thanks to the support of generous supporters like the Missouri Technology Corporation and the SBA CET’s Square One Ignite program only costs $35 and the Boot Camp has a nominal $100 fee.