Cortex is a vibrant space serving as an inclusive economic engine for St. Louis. Cortex creates equitable economic impacts by leveraging high-quality facilities, developing programs that build knowledge and networks, and convening strategic partnerships that attract and support emerging and established companies. Founded in 2002 through a collaboration of Washington University in St. Louis, BJC HealthCare, the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Saint Louis University, and the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Cortex Innovation Community ( is an internationally recognized hub of innovation and entrepreneurship that is focused on accelerating inclusive economic growth in St. Louis.

Cortex is more than just buildings. It is an innovation community strategically built around the idea that together, we can do more. Cortex is people working to improve St. Louis by growing and attracting jobs and partnering to inclusively prepare the talent for those jobs. Cortex is how we train entrepreneurs for business success as much as it is creating a place with amenities and an interesting vibe. Our community is a catalyst for innovation that brings together big-thinking problem solvers with state-of-the-art resources, facilities, and innovative programming to inspire and drive collaboration.

Per Scholas St. Louis Celebrates IT Support Graduation with 21 Technologists


"On August 18th, Per Scholas St. Louis celebrated its largest graduation yet as 21 learners graduated from the most recent IT Support course. The cohort was incredibly diverse, ranging in age from 19 to 50 years old, included 11 men and 10 women, several of whom were parents."


  By Per Scholas Staff


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Gabriela Ramirez Arellano & Jose R. Gomez, Named Award Recipients


  "The Hispanic Leaders Group of Greater St. Louis (HLG) has announced that the two winners of the 2023 Anthony B. Ramirez Premio Esperanza (Hope) Award are Ms. Gabriela Ramirez Arellano and Mr. Jose R. Gomez."


By HLG Staff


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