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Firm Launches Third Annual St. Louis Region Startup Community Survey with Refined Focus on Money


(ST. LOUIS, May 3, 2018) Brown Smith Wallace is conducting its third annual St. Louis region startup community survey, but this year it has a new focus: money.

“In our previous surveys, we asked the startup community at large the #1 challenge that startups faced. Year after year, the answer remained the same: cash flow,” says Cathy Goldsticker, Tax Partner and Startup Industry Group Leader at Brown Smith Wallace. “With that in mind, we want to dig into the issue of funding in the St. Louis region startup community and get real, actionable feedback from current and potential investors, accelerators and other funding sources.”

In this year’s survey, the CPA and business advisory firm is targeting startup investors, accelerators and other funding sources – both current and potential – in the St. Louis region. Questions center around value drivers and detractors for the investor, types and amount of funding the investor may provide, metrics that matter to investors, and more. The feedback collected in the survey will be compiled in a report later this year and shared during a panel discussion.

“Our vision is to advance the St. Louis region’s goal of being a model for other startup ecosystems by keeping and gaining more investment dollars in the region and attracting more long-term companies. We believe the survey results will help startup companies be better candidates for investment,” says Goldsticker.

Any current or potential startup investors, accelerators or other funding sources can access the approximately 7-minute survey here.


About Brown Smith Wallace
Brown Smith Wallace is a nationally recognized top 100, full-service CPA and business advisory firm in Missouri with more than 300 employees. The firm is the top ranked St. Louis firm in the 2019 Vault Accounting Firm rankings. For more information, visit or call 314.983.1200.

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Cheryl Foster 

Valeria Klamm


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