U.S. Tech companies face a giant tech talent gap—it’s projected that 1 million jobs in programming alone will go unfilled by 2020. The Marquette Tech District educates, attracts, and retains driven, talented youth and adults to help fill this need.

To help tech-focused companies thrive, we leverage all relevant resources and value-oriented programming that continues to develop the much needed talent.

Software Developers

The Marquette Technology Institute offers access to education from youth to adults that fosters talent to fuel local companies and help individuals develop highly demanded skills for careers in the tech economy. Since 2016, this initiative has introduced and trained over 100 adults and 100 kids in computer programming.

Startup Economy

1ST50K is a startup competition that helps turn innovative startup ideas into scalable ventures. The competition offers tech startups extensive support from a broad business network, pro-bono development services, and up to $50,000 in cash grants to entrepreneurs to establish or locate their business in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Since 2015, $250,000 in grants have been awarded to companies that have generated over $2 million in revenue and created over 20 jobs.