By far the biggest Midwestern city on the #EshipCITY road trip, the Greater St. Louis area is home to nearly 3 million people. The gateway to the West where the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers meet, St. Louis was acquired in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. One hundred years later it was one of the largest cities in the country, and in 1904 was host to the Summer Olympics and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, better known as the St. Louis World’s Fair.
On the same site—even in the same buildings—of the World’s Fair, Washington University in St. Louis witnessed the debut of ice cream cones, iced tea, Dr. Pepper, and medical and technological innovations such as the X-ray machine, the baby incubator, the electric typewriter and the telegraph. Today, Washington University is known as a leader in research and academics and retains a visionary spirit with the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Dedric Carter, Vice Chancellor for Operations and Technology Transfer at Washington University, came to the Midwest to be a part of St. Louis’ renewal as a city of innovation as well as cultivate the next generation of entrepreneurs. We ended our road trip with a visit to Washington University to meet with Carter and four young entrepreneurs choosing to forego the traditional work model to enthusiastically embrace entrepreneurship.