A Start Up-Friendly Area

As Cape Girardeau and the surrounding area continues to grow as a tech hub and innovation center for the region, it also grows as a great area for start ups. Start ups are one of the fastest growing job creation sectors. Through creative programs like the First $50k Start Up competition and an increase in co-working spaces, start ups are beginning to find that Cape Girardeau provides great location, economic resources and a talented and affordable workforce to launch with confidence.


Starting in 2014, Codefi was the area’s first co-working space and technology incubator. Their larger vision for economic growth in the area has created the foundation for regional growth in the tech sector as well as creating catalyst opportunities for startups and tech-based companies. LEARN MORE


Catapult Creative House, Southeast Missouri State University’s groundbreaking creative arts and industries incubator, was created to cultivate entrepreneurship and foster an environment that brings talent from the University into the community. LEARN MORE

Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Southeast Missouri State University’s Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is committed to supporting business development. LEARN MORE

The state of Missouri also provides incentives for startups and small businesses. Learn more about what’s available here.