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Seed Capital Program

MTC anticipates accepting Fiscal Year 2023 IDEA Fund Co-Investment Program applications in mid to late October. If you are interested in being notified when applications open, please submit your information.

MTC’s Seed Capital Program was created to support Missouri’s early-stage entrepreneurs in developing technologies and creating jobs across Missouri while positioning companies for future venture capital investment. The Seed Capital Program supports technology startups through matching equity or convertible debt investments up to $500,000 for the purpose of technology and business development. 

Over the past decade, MTC has invested over $45 million into almost 140 early-stage Missouri-based high-growth technology-focused companies, which have raised over $1.1 billion in additional private capital. To gauge the overall economic development and impact its portfolio has on the state, MTC surveyed over 70 companies in its portfolio. The economic development impact results of the survey have been summarized in a downloadable PDF flier that can be accessed with the link below.

Investment Process:

  1. The application process opens, and applicants are invited to fill out the application (link below).
  2. MTC staff reviews all applications received on a quarterly basis.
  3. Applicants are notified whether they are invited to present to the MTC investment Committee approximately one (1) month after applications close. Those who are not selected to move forward are welcome to set up a time to discuss their application with the MTC staff.
  4. The MTC Investment Committee meets and following presentations by the selected applicants, the Investment Committee will make funding recommendations to MTC’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
  5. The MTC Board of Directors will meet to review and approve the recommendations.
  6. When a company awarded an investment allocation has raised the required matching funds, MTC will initiate its due diligence.

In order to qualify for a Seed Capital Program investment a company must:

  1. Be based in Missouri;
  2. Have a proprietary or protectable intellectual property;
  3. Be in the seed financing stage;
  4. Have, at the time of closing, an actual third party dollar-for-dollar matching investment for MTC funds;
  5. Fit into at least one of MTC’s five focus areas – animal health, plant science, biomedical science, applied engineering (software), and defense and homeland security; and
  6. Complete the application process.
Application Materials
Online IDEA Fund Application (to be released in mid-to-late October) 
PDF Copy of the FY22 IDEA Fund Application (last year)
MTC IDEA Application FAQs

Addtional Materials
MTC IDEA Program Participation Agreement (Convertible Debt)
MTC IDEA Program Participation Agreement (Equity)

Note:  Google Forms does not allow applications to be saved and completed later.  Therefore, we strongly suggest companies use the PDF copy of the IDEA Fund Application to complete the application questions in advance and then copy  and paste them into Google Forms when the company is ready to submit its application.  

Contact for Questions

Please email Jeff Macon, jeff.macon@missouritechnology.com