#MoreMissouri21: Tech Startup Announces Growth Plans in Missouri

Missouri continues to deliver more than you expect. More global industries. More diverse assets. More talent. All month long, Missouri Partnership is celebrating “more” by taking a look back at some of Missouri’s biggest stories in economic development from 2021.

In June, Advocado, an advertising tech startup, announced plans to add more than 100 high-paying tech jobs in St. Louis, Missouri.

“We’re excited to see Advocado expand in St. Louis,” Missouri Governor Mike Parson said. “The company’s commitment to innovation and growth has resulted in the creation of over 100 jobs that will provide new opportunities for Missourians to grow and succeed.”

Advocado attributed its rapid growth in Missouri to the state’s affordable real estate, low cost of living, and skilled workforce.

“Our passion for revitalizing the economy in St. Louis naturally attracted us to the urban core,” said Brian Handrigan, Co-Founder and CEO of Advocado. “At the same time, our collaboration with the regional team that was convened by Greater St. Louis, Inc. allowed us to see how the city could function as a launchpad for our growing business. Not only have we been able to escape the restrictions of a coastal tech hub, expand on a massive scale and develop our product, but we’ve also been able to thrive here knowing we’re a positive force combatting workforce displacement in the area.”

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