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Maritz & Capital Innovators Partner to Accelerate Innovation Within Portfolio of Companies

February 08, 2016

Long-standing corporation and start-up accelerator sign four-year lease at Cortex and join elite group of brands dedicated to innovation   

ST. LOUIS (Feb. 8, 2016) – Maritz, the 122-year-old sales and marketing services company, and Capital Innovators, one of the nation’s top 10 tech accelerators, have entered into a four-year partnership to strengthen each other’s portfolio of companies. Key elements of the partnership include knowledge sharing, mentoring and exchanging best practices.

 “Maritz has been adapting to the ever-changing business landscape and has developed leading edge solutions since we were founded as a jewelry company in 1894, and Capital Innovators has been a leader in the St. Louis start-up explosion since 2010,” said Dennis Hummel, president of Maritz Holdings Inc. “Now we are thrilled to team up with them to help fuel a unique exchange of insights, ideas and opportunities that can advance our own business and provide us a continuous stream of new ways to solve our clients’ problems and opportunities.”

Through this partnership, Maritz and Capital Innovators, will create an innovation network that catalyzes and fosters innovation and a spirit of entrepreneurship in organizations ranging from start-up to corporate. Capital Innovators has been leading the start-up explosion in St. Louis since 2010 and now Maritz will team up with them to lead a new level of corporate mentorship in the St Louis start-up community.

“Partnering with Maritz provides a unique opportunity for our companies to gain insight into what it takes to become a long-standing, successful business,” said Judy Sindecuse, founder and CEO of Capital Innovators. “Our hope is that this partnership will start a corporate mentorship movement within the start-up community and beyond.”

In efforts to formalize this learning/sharing process between Maritz and Capital Innovators, the two will be co-leasing space at Cortex through CIC’s (Cambridge Innovation Center) membership. By co-leasing space at Cortex, Maritz and Capital Innovators join an elite group of tenants, such as Uber, Pandora and Square.

About Maritz Holdings Inc.
St. Louis-based Maritz is a sales and marketing services company, which helps businesses achieve their full potential through inspiring and motivating employees, channel partners and customers. Maritz companies provide market and customer research; customer loyalty, sales incentives and employee rewards and recognition programs; and meeting, event and travel incentive services to Fortune 500 companies and beyond. For more information, visit maritz.com or contact us at 1-877-4MARITZ.

About Capital Innovators
The Capital Innovators® start-up accelerator program was created by Judy Sindecuse in 2010 and provides tech startups with the resources they need to get to the next level.

Capital Innovators provides $50,000 in seed funding, mentorship from a seasoned pool of knowledgeable experts, stellar perks, educational and social events, and the opportunity to pitch to angel investors and venture capitalist firms at the end of the program. For more information, visit capitalinnovators.com.