The Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC) announced today it will partner with TEConomy Partners, LLC, to conduct a statewide, data-driven initiative to support entrepreneurship and innovation. The initiative was first announced by MTC earlier this year and aims to drive economic growth through the next decade. TEConomy is a global leader in research, analysis, and strategy for innovation-based economic development, and was selected through a public RFP process for their comprehensive knowledge of entrepreneurial ecosystems. The company has worked extensively with other states to develop strategic action plans that boost economic development. MTC will leverage TEConomy’s expertise to create an updated and data-driven plan that advances entrepreneurship and accelerates growth in Missouri. This will result in higher-paying jobs that will benefit communities statewide. MTC’s strategic initiative will be guided by a steering committee of approximately 15 thought leaders representing Missouri entrepreneurs. A quantitative analysis will compare innovation and entrepreneurship activity to peer states, while a qualitative analysis will help determine Missouri’s strengths and weaknesses. This work will produce a strategic plan that provides recommendations for programs, policies, and initiatives designed to create a road map for addressing Missouri’s evolving entrepreneurial and innovation needs.MTC plans to bring together diverse voices across Missouri through interviews, regional focus groups, and a survey. Feedback obtained through the survey is critical to sharpening the plan’s focus on statewide goals for innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development. To provide input, please complete the survey.For more information about MTC and the entrepreneurship and innovation initiative, visit missouritechnology.com.