Cultivation Capital Plans to Invest $1 Million for Graduates of Capital Innovators

Applications Being Accepted Now for Next Class of St. Louis-Based Capital Innovators

ST. LOUIS, June 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cultivation Capital plans to invest an extra $1 million into the top graduating startups of St. Louis accelerator Capital Innovators over the course of the next year.

Cultivation Capital will designate up to $500,000 for the most promising companies in each of the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 classes of Capital Innovators startup companies. This would be a follow-on investment to the $50,000 each company receives from Capital Innovators. Both firms working together expect this to boost graduating companies that are ready to take their products and services to a wider audience.

Graduates will receive full consideration for investment with a round of due diligence performed by Cultivation Capital on every company.

The investment goal follows a strategic investment made by Cultivation Capital into Capital Innovators in April. The two firms are excited to team up to support startup technology firms.

"What better incentive is there than $1 million?" asked Judy Sindecuse, CEO and Managing Partner of Capital Innovators. "This is an exciting investment in local startups that ultimately will pay major dividends across the region."

Cultivation Capital's General Partners include Brian Matthews, Peter Esparrago, Jim McKelvey, Cliff Holekamp and Rick Holton, Jr. The team of serial entrepreneurs is excited to advise startup founders who are ready to grow their companies.

"The next generation of great founders will have our support," said Peter Esparrago. "Capital is the fuel for startups, but our team can show them how to drive and win."

Capital Innovators, which offers $50,000 in seed funding and a 12-week accelerator program to five companies twice per year has graduated two groups of firms who are working to become successful businesses. The 12-week term accelerates the growth of the companies and prepares them for presentations to audiences of angel investors and venture capital firms. Capital Innovators provides companies with intensive project-based mentorship, as well as access to free accounting, legal, marketing and IT services.

Kaufmann Research has ranked Missouri the sixth best state for entrepreneurial activity and Kiplinger placed St. Louis in the top ten among U.S. cities for startups.

Applications are currently being accepted for the next class of Capital Innovators companies. The deadline to apply is June 15. To see more information about the Capital Innovators program, visit

About Cultivation Capital

Cultivation Capital takes revenue generating businesses to the next level, investing up to $1,000,000 in companies to help them continue rapid growth and prepare for an institutional round of financing. Its portfolio represents the best technology opportunities throughout Missouri. Cultivation Capital will leverage its base of experienced entrepreneurs to provide hands-on assistance to these startup founders.

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About Capital Innovators

Capital Innovators provides tech startups with the seed funding, resources, and connections they need to reach the next level. The Capital Innovators Accelerator Program provides $50,000 in seed funding, project-based mentorship from a seasoned pool of knowledgeable entrepreneurs, stellar perks, networking, and follow-on funding opportunities over the course of 12 weeks. Although hundreds of applications are received for the Accelerator Program each year, only five companies are accepted per class. Two classes are run each year - one in the fall, and one in the spring. For more information about Capital Innovators, please visit

For more information, contact Dan Callahan, 314-583-5050,

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