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Share: St. Louis Startup Attributes Growth to Maritz Mentors

June 23, 2017

As the St. Louis start-up scene continues to grow, we are celebrating success with our partners at Capital Innovators, one of the nation’s top 10 tech accelerators. Over our two-year partnership, more than 38 Maritz employees have provided invaluable mentorship services to dozens of start-ups in the area. Most recently, at the 2017 Capital Innovators Demo Day, we sat back in awe as we watched how much these start-ups have grown.

It’s a day of pride for Maritz, as several of our employees served as mentors to this class of entrepreneurs, providing them with marketing expertise, feedback on their tech solutions, co-creating sales strategies and providing invaluable business introductions.

“Having an ability to mentor these fast-paced start-ups is truly rewarding, not only because we can provide our expertise to help them achieve success, but also because they inspire us to continue to be innovative and think differently,” said Tracie Gildehaus, senior director of insights and innovation for Maritz as well as a mentor for these Capital Innovators companies. “It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

Spring 2017 start-up and Maritz mentees, Allison Bischoff and Jessica Gordon of Rozzy’s Learning Company, agree!

“Maritz was invaluable! They were a huge asset to our company and one of the best parts of the Capital Innovators Accelerator Program.”

Allison and Jessica founded Rozzy Learning Company, which provides programs and products to bring 21st –century learning, via STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) and entrepreneurship, to classrooms and homes. Joining Capital Innovators’ Spring 2017 class and partnering with a Maritz mentor gave them the boost they needed to bring their vision for Rozzy’s to life.

“We were excited to access Maritz’ community experts,” they said. “We knew Maritz could help us turn abstract concepts into something real for the user given their expertise with UX and customer engagement. And Maritz delivered! They helped us develop a full marketing approach and understand what drives our customer’s behavior. We continue to apply their advise to enhance our customer experience”

Congratulations to all the Capital Innovator Spring 2017 cohorts! We are proud to have partnered with you and look forward to continuing our partnership with Capital Innovators.

Learn more about how Maritz and Capital Innovators are partnering to make St. Louis the innovation hub.