Multiple Missouri cities ranked among the Midwest’s top startup cities according to a new report. St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield, and Jefferson City were recognized by M25. The Chicago-based early-stage venture firm evaluates cities based on multiple factors, including startup activity, access to resources and business climate.
St. Louis, Missouri, ranked 5th best in the study. The St. Louis region, and the 2.1 million people who call it home, is a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship, recognized globally as a leader in agtech, financial services, manufacturing, geospatial and distribution.
Kansas City, Missouri, ranked 11th best in the Midwest. The Kansas City region sits on the Missouri River at the crossroads of four major interstates, three major highways, five Class 1 rail lines, and is served by the Kansas City International Airport. This combination of logistical assets offers direct connections to markets across North America and around the world.
Located in central Missouri, and anchored by the University of Missouri, Columbia ranked 22nd. Springfield, Missouri’s third largest city and metro area ranked 37th, and the state capital in Jefferson City also made the list at 53rd.
You can check out the full rankings here.