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NRGene

NRGene Is Racing Against Time to Solve Hunger

After moving to St. Louis several months ago, the St. Louis Mosaic Project helped founders settle in St. Louis and build connections. "We need to feed 9 billion people by 2050 using less arable land,...
AgIdea

Argentina-Based AgIdea Is Bringing Cutting-Edge Ag-Tech Innovation to America

AgIdea has been in the business of innovation for a while now — it's been 11 years, to be exact, since it was founded in Pergamino, Argentina. But the AgTech company, which aims to add value at the intersection of science and agribusiness, is new to St. Louis, where it's already making an impact.
Kaiima

Israeli AgTech Startup Kaiima is Blooming in St. Louis

"Kaiima" is a Hebrew word that means "sustainable" or "long-lasting." For Kaiima-the-company, the name reflects its commitment to developing agricultural solutions for growers to improve their crop productivity in a sustainable way. Meet the Israel-based company that has been growing its US operations rapidly out of the Helix Center in St. Louis County.
Cuong Dang

Enliven Marries Tech and UX With Gorgeous Client Solutions

Founded in 2012, Washington Avenue-based Enliven is a project-based tech startup that tackles client challenges with creative software marrying a polished UX with creative, behind-the-scenes tech solutions. "Our business philosophy is centered around people, not just technology,"...
Blue Orb

BlueOrb Wants to Make Us Healthier Through Safe, Smart Crops

BlueOrb's mission is to use nanotechnology and genetics to help farmers create more abundant, safer, and healthier crops. Here's why its Indian-born founder Umesh Vekaria is creating his company's global headquarters in STL.
Huga Bar

Hůga Bar Showcases South American Flavors in a Delicious (and Nutritious) Granola Bar

It seems like everyone has their go-to healthy granola bar these days. Meet STL-based Huga Bar, a newer competitor on the market offering up gluten-free, GMO-free, and Kosher bars that blend the founders' own heritage with top-quality ingredients for delicious—and nutritious—snacking.

Butterscotch Shenanigans Wants to Be the Midwest’s Most Famous Game Studio

Meet Butterscotch Shenanigans, an independent game studio founded by three brothers in St. Louis.
PupPod

PupPod Wants to Make Your Dog Even Smarter

More than a few viral videos concern exactly what it is pets do when their owners take off for the day. But PupPod knows that Fido can do more with his day besides take his sixth nap: with PupPod's learning toys, the company believes, Fido can actually put those hours to use getting smarter.
vidverify

VidVerify Is Reshaping How the Loan Industry Communicates With Customers

The best way to begin a company, the entrepreneurial rule goes, is to identify a problem in the marketplace and then solve it. At VidVerify, they not only solve a problem in the mortgage market, but also a major frustration.
Jamie Corley The Bridge

TheBridge Is Linking D.C. and Silicon Valley’s Biggest Minds

It seems as if different worlds intersect now more than they ever have before, and within those overlaps is where exciting gains, policies and ideas are located: It’s the middle of a Venn diagram...

PowerPost Is Converting Brands into Power Publishers

PowerPost's mission is to turn modern marketers into publishing powerhouses. They're doing something right.

Dabble Is Here To Help You Play With Your Curiosity

Dabble was founded on the idea that everyone has interests, skills and passions and we all long to connect. Here's how the company is doing now and where it's going next.

SmashToast Wants to Better Your Life Through Smart Product Design

The idea for SmashToast, and its first product, Puck—a device that essentially acts as a universal remote for older devices—came from an unlikely source: Apple TV remotes that became the fallen victims of toddler teeth. Here's the rest of their story.
AirZaar

AirZaar Is Reinterpreting Drone Intelligence

It's no secret that drones are set to play a big part in our future, and St. Louis-based AirZaar is on the forefront of the new technology.
lifepack

Lifepack’s Paper Products Help Sustainability Bloom

Most people see paper products as being inherently wasteful: Eat off them once, after all, and then it's into the trash. Lifepack aims to change that with an innovative approach to biodegradable paper products and an eye toward sustainability.
Soozies Doozies

Soozie’s Doozie’s Isn’t Your Grandma’s Chocolate-Chip Cookie (And That’s a Good Thing)

Like the best cookies, the idea behind Soozie’s Doozies is simple but delicious. Here's the story behind the all-natural, make-at-home cookie brand made in St. Louis.
Olio City Team

Olio City Wants to Help Millennials and GenXers Discover the Best of Their Cities

How a trip to London that never happened led Ellen Prinzi straight to a problem worth solving.
Lean Media

Lean Media Helps Agribusiness Advertise Effectively

When outside-the-industry consumers think of advertising, agribusiness probably isn't what springs to mind. But Lean Media is beefing up the ad industry for its customers: here's how.
Aunt Flow startup

Aunt Flow Helps Menstruators Have Dignified Periods

How a 19-year-old founder developed her buy-one-give-one subscription box of menstrual products and aims to be a hub for all things menstrual.
Start Right Foods

Start Right Foods Wants to Start Your Morning Right

Breakfast, for most of us, is normally a bit of a scramble—if we get to it at all: a bowl of our kid's cereal, reheated leftovers, a scrambled egg or two if you have a precious five extra minutes. But Start Right's founders want to change that. Here's how.

Enterprise Innovation: Debbie Barta, Global Platform Lead at Simplify Commerce by Mastercard

EQ caught up with Debbie Barta, Global Platform Lead at Simplify Commerce, a startup within the Mastercard corporation. You oversee all facets of Simplify Commerce's platform ownership, including design and development. What advice would you give to entrepreneurs who...

How Simplify Commerce was born out of a global company, in the heart of...

Complacency has no place at the table for companies crossing the 50-year mark. But how do corporations best encourage innovation? For Mastercard, it starts with their staff. “From our team in St. Louis to our...

Watch This Space: OSO A Style Lab

OSO: A Style Lab (pronounced oh-so) is precisely unlike any other store in St. Louis. Located in the Loop, the store focuses on curating a product assortment where each product—no matter its provenance—carries with it a...

The Be Human Project Showcases People-Centric Mission with Salon Series

There’s an organization trying to change the way business leaders think about work and its surrounding, immersive culture in St. Louis. The Be Human Project was founded by Eliot Frick to, as its website...

Funding Fashion: Simplify Commerce’s Collaboration With Saint Louis Fashion Fund

One of the biggest challenges of running a nonprofit is raising the funds needed to execute on its mission. That’s currently the case for the Saint Louis Fashion Fund, which, with its new executive...

How Simplify Commerce is Heating Up Sriracha’s Online Sales

Sriracha’s popularity has boomed in recent years, going from a cult hit with college kids to a staple in almost 10 percent of household fridges across the country. It’s part of a larger trend...

9 Speakers You Can’t Miss At UMSL’s Midwest Digital Marketing Conference

On April 21, University of Missouri-St. Louis will host the Midwest Digital Marketing Conference (MDMC16) at Union Station—the region’s largest digital and social media marking event. “This conference is all about innovation in the...

COCAbiz Panel Q&A: Atul Kamra, Nina Ganci, Mark Sawyier and Carl Richards

Artist and financial planner Carl Richards spoke at COCAbiz last week about both his work as the New York Times’ Sketch Guy, breaking down financial planning concepts into Sharpie-and-cardstock drawings. He also touched on the...

8 Inspiring Life Lessons from Sketch Guy’s Approach to Entrepreneurship

New York Times’ Sketch Guy—aka Carl Richards—addressed the COCAbiz audience yesterday in a talk addressing not just his famous Sharpie-and-cardboard sketches but his approach to entrepreneurship as the intersection of business and art.  As both...

Leadership By Design: Maria Giudice of Autodesk Comes to SLAM To Talk Falling Into—and...

On Jan. 19, Saint Louis Art Museum will partner with AIGA St. Louis to present Maria Giudice as its annual Ann W. Olin Lecturer. As Autodesk's vice president of experience design and a successful entrepreneur in her own...

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