Chapter 3: Universities at Cortex

St. Louis has no shortage of vaunted institutions of higher education. Rather than engaging in shortsighted infighting, the Cortex Innovation Community provided the perfect project for Saint Louis University, Washington University and the University of Missouri St. Louis to collaborate and experiment.

About this Project

Our new, one-hour documentary elevates the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit in St. Louis. Smart People. Cool Places. The Story of Cortex tells the compelling story of an innovation hub in St. Louis attracting national attention and promising to take the region’s economy in a new, positive direction.

Here, in the most comprehensive oral history of the Cortex in existence, they tell that story in their own words. The interviews collected here were used for the making of the documentary film Smart People. Cool Places. The Story of Cortex​.

The Story of Cortex was made possible by the generous support of Dr. William H. Danforth, Dan and Connie Burkhardt, Constance and John McPheeters, and Aries Rental Company.