Astronomical

Growth

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WELCOMING NEW PEOPLE, PROGRAMS & LOCATIONS

THE MORE THE MERRIER

Earning a University Center Designation

U.S. Economic Development Administration

Supporting the region’s innovators and job creators? ✅ Check! 

Through this, we’re able to expand programming across the area – where many counties are economically distressed, 70% are rural and many exhibit persistent poverty.

Public Safety Training Center

When the Public Safety Training Center became part of efactory, we were excited to see the huge impact they make providing critical preparation for first responders.

In 2023, the Missouri State University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice provided ALERRT active shooter training to 200 officers from 63 agencies across Missouri.

Brick City 3

👣 Maxing out coworking spaces gave us a huge opportunity to expand our footprint.

Launchpad

A new collaboration space for Missouri State students and employers.

SUPERSTARS

Major growth in impact required a larger team. And we built a phenomenal one!

NOT TO BRAG

LET'S LET THE NUMBERS DO THE TALKING.

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TIME WARP

LOOKING BACK @ A YEAR OF TRANSFORMATION.

Expanded MSU Mission

Our team exploded with new opportunities to provide talent development.

Momentum for Innovate SOMO

The Missouri Department of Economic Development awarded more than $7 million in Workforce and a Community Revitalization ARPA grants to fund Innovate SOMO.

Big Celebration

Our 10th Anniversary Celebration: Celebrated a very belated 40th party for the Missouri SBDC at MSU and announced our expansion into Brick City 3, where our Codefi friends would have a satellite office.

Launchpad Takes Off

Created a collaborative space called Launchpad with the Career Center to showcase employer opportunities.

University Center Designation

In October, we became one of the 72 EDA University Centers.

Ribbon Cutting @ Brick

Confetti and community: That's how we celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at Brick City 3.
January 2023
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CELEBRATING DOUBLE DIGITS

TEN DOWN. SO MANY MORE TO GO.

On our 10th anniversary, we announced some major changes, causing us to expand & come out even stronger.

SPREADING OUR IMPACT

Early-Stage Business Boot Camp

Making connections with entrepreneurs

All these locations agreed to host a boot camp

Building Bridges Across the State

Branson Bolivar Joplin West Plains Poplar Bluff

Community Connectors

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WE'RE ALL ABOUT

YOUR WINS = OUR WINS

$21 Million in capital generated by clients.
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Introducing the first-ever MSU Innovation Accelerator

Higher education has a reputation for being slow to change, but that has not been true at Missouri State. We hosted MSU’s first-ever Innovation Accelerator.

It’s a creative way to:

  • Identify thoughtful and innovative ideas.
  • Unearth leaders and champions.

Vroom Solar shines light on powering equipment

Client breaks ground on new facility.

Eway takes off

Member company builds a culture of scooter-ability in Springfield.

Blanket innovation warms 💙 & ✋🏼

Nothin’ new under the sun? How about in the evening chill? That’s where this inventor drew inspo. 

Cruisin' for a unique ride

Customization is everywhere. ECRI brings it to your fingertips.

Building a team & capacity in coworking

CloudPano’s co-founder Clayton Rothschild shared his love of coworking at efactory in a Wall Street Journal article.

Biz to help the helpers

Client leaned on efactory resources as she started her practice & tried not to sweat the small stuff. 

Inside the walls

Using OMNI’s tamper-proof Bluetooth low energy bracelets, correctional facility staff can now have precise location and biometric data on every inmate.

MAKING IT ALL POSSIBLE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Brad Bodenhausen, Missouri State University
  • Dan Brewer, Brewer Science
  • Dan Cobb
  • Tamara Conn, O’Reilly Automotive
  • Erin Danastasio, Hatch Foundation
  • Jason Gage, City of Springfield
  • Gary Gibson, City Utilities
  • Amanda Hedgpeth, CoxHealth
  • Sarah Hough, Bass Pro Shops
  • Sandy Howard
  • Kim Prater
  • Chris Kleinfeld, SRC Electrical
  • Gary Schafer, FORVIS
  • Clif Smart, Missouri State University
  • Brad Wyrsch, Mercy
Anniversary celebration crowd.

You support entrepreneurship, value the vitality of small businesses & dream big.

WHAT'S NEXT?

We’ve got the team, skills & commitment to keep growing. 

Community is who we are. Forward is where we’re going. Keep up!

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