About This Community
A community of innovators in the heart of St. Louis
Cortex Innovation Community is a vibrant business, innovation, and technology district integrated into St. Louis’ historic Central West End and Forest Park Southeast neighborhoods. Located among nationally ranked universities and medical centers, Cortex is bordered by Wexford’s University partner, Washington University in St. Louis and other demand drivers including the campuses of Saint Louis University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. It is home to technology-related startups, corporate research and development teams, manufacturers, nonprofit organizations, restaurants, innovation meeting space, entrepreneurs, artists, designers, side-hustlers, researchers, chefs, and students.
About St. Louis
A bustling plant science, medical science, technology and start-up ecosystem
Offering a high-quality of life with access to affordable housing, schools, retail, hotels, open spaces and public amenities, St. Louis attracts young entrepreneurs and small companies in addition to seasoned scientists, large and innovative corporations. It is home to nationally ranked universities and medical centers including Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis University, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Danforth Plant Science Center. Recently, a dramatic new initiative was announced by Greater STL, Inc., the region’s consolidated economic development agency called “2030 Jobs Plan.”
Knowledge Community Collaborators
Cortex is a powerful, and growing, economic engine for the region
Multi-faceted pathways stimulate economic and community development and reinforce the development of a robust technology-based economic development ecosystem. Development partners and key stakeholder institutions demonstrate a robust commitment to inclusion and social equity.