Our Impact

About efactory

Inside a former turkey processing plant in downtown Springfield, something special is happening. A business incubator, resource hub, support network and all-around great place to be.

We opened our doors in 2013 with one goal: to serve as a one-stop shop for small business owners and entrepreneurs in southwest Missouri. Today our suite of programs cover all the bases.

The efactory offers small business consulting and training as well as leadership and professional development training through the Missouri State University Small Business Development Center.

Services also include: office space, coworking, an accelerator program, mentorship networks, corporate innovation, and more. 

We’re happy to be part of the IDEA Commons district, Missouri State University’s vision for an urban innovation park.

Take a look at what we’ve accomplished together since getting started.

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We believe in hard work, determination, and good ideas.

Our Impact

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Our clients create jobs, drive innovation, and bring solutions to life.

A Home for Entrepreneurship

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How We Do It


We make life easy for founders with flexible private offices that include plenty of perks. The efactory is home to more than 20,000 square feet of leasable office space. Private offices range in size from 150 to 1,300 square feet.

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Press Features

Check out these articles featuring our programs and clients.

Innovate SOMO Funds to help jump-start MO tech startups

The Missouri State University efactory is expanding its partnership with Codefi to further help tech startups in southwest Missouri. The co-creators of the Southern Missouri Innovation Network – known as Innovate SOMO – have now launched Innovate SOMO Funds. Codefi President and CEO Dr. James Stapleton says there are great tech ideas outside of Silicon Valley; they just need a little extra help to get started. The $2 million funding pool has the potential to help unlock entrepreneurship and innovation in the southernmost 47 counties in Missouri. It’s unique in its approach, combining nonprofit charitable contributions with investments from for-profit partners to make equity and revenue-based investments. To qualify for funding, Stapleton says companies must be tech-based, be quality individuals within their field and have high-growth potential ideas. To learn more about Innovate SOMO Funds, visit innovatesomo.org.

As MSU President Clif Smart exits, he reflects on his legacy and future plans

“I’m also going to miss the community leadership role. A lot of that goes away because it sits on the office … being involved in community decisions and brainstorming ideas and plans.”

MSU president reflects on 13 years in office

Reflecting on his time in office, Smart said opening and expanding the Efactory – the university’s business incubator, founded in 2013 – is among the best things to have happened in his time at MSU. “I think the Efactory is really the home of young entrepreneurship,” he said. “It’s a hub of activity. People can start businesses there and fail quickly and try again, or grow them and move out and other people come in.” He also takes pride in embracing economic development through IDEA Commons Research Park, Brick City and the Roy Blunt Jordan Valley Innovation Center. “That whole area north of the square was just starting when I came in,” he said. “We just had the beginning of JVIC, and most of that growth has occurred since I’ve been here, and I think that’s a major accomplishment for the university and our city together.”

Past Reports

Check out our past yearly reports for more information.

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