7 Startup Events You Can’t Miss This Week

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    We’ve gathered some of the best events from all over the city–mark your calendars now!

    Open Data STL Meetup
    Tuesday, Jan 26; 6:30m
    7th Floor, TREX, 911 Washington Ave., Downtown
    This group, which meets once a month, is for champions, advocates, innovators, and practitioners of open data and open government in the Saint Louis region. There are roles for developers, technologists, bureaucrats, policy wonks and anyone else looking to contribute to policy implementation, software development, advocacy and just plain hard work of creating an open data platform for local government in this area.
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    Happy Hour at T-REX with the BALSA Group
    Wednesday, Jan 27 4-pam
    TREX, 911 Washington Ave., Downtown
    The BALSA Group is hosting its first networking Happy Hour of 2016! Their monthly event is a chance to interact with the BALSA community, re-connect with previous colleagues, and establish new collaborations. Current and past BALSA clients and members will be on hand to discuss our plans for the year and answer any questions. Light food and beverages will be served.
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    Wednesday, Jan 27; 6-8pm
    LaunchCode’s Mentor Center, Central West End 
    CoderGirl is building a network of support for aspiring female coders. Participants, ranging from beginners to long-time programmers, hone their skills alongside fellow aspiring developers and female mentors from companies like Boeing, MasterCard and Enterprise.
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    Startup Wednesdays at OPO Startups
    Wednesday, Jan 27; 6:30pm-9pm
    OPO Startups, St. Charles 
    Fourth Wednesdays: Funders. Hear from leading executive coaches and management consultants, entrepreneurs, and transformative business advisors. This week Rebecca Craig, founder of Atalante Advisors, discusses finance organization to bootstrap your startup. 
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    The Venture Cafe Gathering
    Thursday, Jan 21; 3-8pm
    4240 Duncan Ave, Cortex
    The weekly Thursday Venture Cafe Gathering of innovators and entrepreneurs. A place for serendipitous collisions to occur. Each week a series of breakout sessions are planned to engage your brain and share your thoughts. This week: Office hours with LaunchCode, Better Together STL presents “How Can STL Use Data To Be Better Together?”, Savvy Coders presents “Need-to-Know Tech Skills for the Non-Technical CEO” and Innovation Leader presents “How Can BigCo’s & Startups Work Together Better?”
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    UrbanFUTURE Shark Bowl: A Young Entrepreneur Showdown
    Thursday, Jan 28; 5:30-8pm
    7th Floor, TREX, 911 Wash Ave, Downtown
    The UrbanFUTURE students teams will compete, presenting their best business ideas to St. Louis Sharks Dave Spence, Deborah Patterson. Along with our other Sharks and you will determine this year’s winning middle and high school ideas. $25 allows entry, open bar (beer, wine and signature cocktails), appetizer buffet and a vote for the team you think has embodied the spirit of the competition with the best presentation and business plan.
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    Code Until Dawn
    Thursday, Jan 28; 5-8pm
    Location TBD
    Code all night—come when you want, leave when you want. All are welcome – coders, designers, startuppers, freelancers and more. If you want to learn to program or pick up a new language, make plans to be here. Check out Codecademy.com and TeamTreehouse.com to get started.
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    Mary writes for EQ and previously contributed to ALIVE Magazine and worked in the digital marketing field as an account manager. A central Illinois native, she got her news-editorial journalism degree from the University of Illinois and then moved to St. Louis so she wouldn’t have to be around as many Cubs fans. Then she married one.