Startup Scene: CIC, LockerDome, LaunchCode Looking To Expand

By Kelsey Waananen
In Culture

CIC Goes International
Cambridge Innovation Center, with seven innovation facilities located around the US—including an office in St. Louis, has recently announced a new expansion to take CIC’s operations international. The 140,000-square-foot innovation center will open in Rotterdam, Netherlands along with CIC’s sister non-profit, Venture Cafe Foundation.

Photo by Christopher Reilly

Photo by Christopher Reilly

LockerDome Growing
Speaking of expansion, St. Louis social media company LockerDome is looking to do just that in Downtown STL. The company, which currently employees 40 people at 1221 Washington Ave., forecasts it will have more than 50 employees by the end of the year, and will outgrow the space. According to St. Louis Business Journal, CEO and co-founder Gabe Lozano is looking for a larger office space on Washington Avenue.

LaunchCode Launching New Location
LaunchCode, the St. Louis nonprofit that helps train new computer programmers, has recently secured $250,000 from the Missouri Technology Corporation. With this new funding, the company is hoping to expand to Kansas City, with the goal of launching a KC office in early 2016. However, St. Louis Business Journal reports the company is still seeking $850,000 to facilitate further expansion. On Wednesday, July 15, there will be a public forum in Kansas City for locals to learn more about LaunchCode.

Silicon Prairie Awards Nominations Open
Silicon Prairie News, a tech publication covering Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri, announced the launch of their fourth edition of the Silicon Prairie Awards, honoring 12 startups throughout the region. Nominations for the awards are open until July 31 and the finalists will be announced Aug. 3, with a ceremony on Oct. 1 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Award categories include startup of the year, technologist of the year, corporate innovator of the year and more. For more information, visit

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