Early St. Louis tech start-ups return after 15 years - KMOV.com

Early St. Louis tech start-ups return after 15 years

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

After a 15-year hiatus, the tech industry has returned to the Gateway City and focus has been shifted back to the area. 

HighOrbit, a software development company that focuses on workflow automation, was one of St. Louis' earliest tech startups back 2001.

Then, St. Louis was weak on the tech front so it focused on international clients.

In the early 2000’s St. Louis hadn’t adopted the need for workflow automation, so HighOrbit set sights internationally and grew a great customer base in Europe, the Middle East, and South America.

“St. Louis wasn't the tech hub it is today and the market wasn't in a place where emerging technologies such as workflow automation and management systems were even being considered by most companies here in St. Louis,” said Brian Dwyer, lead process specialist at HighOrbit.  

Today, after 15 years in business, HighOrbit returns to the St. Louis market to serve the local small business and start-up community. The firm plans over $50,000 in investments in software enhancements and marketing over the next six to twelve months.

Dwyer says the St. Louis tech market has shifted and they’re happy to return home to support businesses here.

“What’s changed? I think is the support that's in place now,” said Dwyer. “Where you have these communities like venture cafe that are not just providing dollars and investments which is a big factor, but are providing the thought processes and creativity that goes along with starting a new company.”

The firm plans over $50,000 in investments in software enhancements and marketing over the next 6-12 months.

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