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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.

GlobalSTL Attracts International Healthcare Innovators by Focusing in on St. Louis Strengths

Thirteen Israeli and Irish companies are working to launch business deals with St. Louis healthcare systems and corporations following the inaugural GlobalSTL Health Innovation Summit.

The Agile Mission of BioGenerator’s Grants Program

An idea is the start of a beautiful thing. But if you don’t have the means to test a theory, build a prototype or find out if there is even a market for your idea, how much good can it actually do? Enter BioGenerator's Grant Program.
Israel AgTech Innovation Delegation

One Day To Sell STL: 12 Israel AgTech Companies Visit St. Louis on Spring...

On March 6, 12 AgTech companies from Israel landed in St. Louis for a day-long dive into all things startup, hosted by GlobalSTL in partnership with the Government of Israel Economic Mission and BIRD Foundation. Here's the who-what-when-where...and what's next.
BioSTL Fundamentals

How BioSTL Fundamentals is Elevating Early-Stage Entrepreneurs

"Fail fast" is more than a buzzword at BioSTL's Fundamentals program, which the organization started to help entrepreneurs identify and push past obstacles early on. Here's how the program is doing just that.

Cyber in STL: Catching up with Jay DeLong of SixThirty CYBER

We catch up with Jay DeLong, managing partner of SixThirty CYBER, on what's happening in St. Louis' cyber community right now.
Cortex 3.0

Cortex Looks Ahead: Cortex Special Feature, Chapter 4, 2017 and Beyond

An update on Cortex's latest phase of development–and what's to come after that.
Dennis Lower Cortex Headshot

Cortex Shifts Focus: Cortex Special Feature, Chapter 3, 2010-2016

The moment in the story where everything changes: Cortex becomes a mixed-use district for innovators of all stripes.
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The Creation of Cortex: Cortex Special Feature, Chapter 2, 2002-2009

Chapter two in a series on Cortex’s development from a fledgling nonprofit to nationally known innovation district.
Cortex

Conceiving Cortex: Cortex Special Feature, Chapter 1, 2000-2002

When it comes to Cortex's origins, it's like those of most startups: It all started with someone noticing a need, and jumping to fill it.
Cortex Innovation Community

Cortex’s Evolution from a Life Science District to a Magnet for St. Louis Innovators:...

The Cortex Innovation Community is a center of gravity for St. Louis’ startup ecosystem. In this feature series, we explore its past, present and future with an eye to impact.
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From Israel to Ireland: Checking in With GlobalSTL

The initiative can now boast five international startup companies that have chosen St. Louis for their US base. Here's a look at some of their success stories.
Hexanika

Hexanika Looks to Lead the RegTech Revolution

Want to overhaul a traditional industry? Take a problem, stir in technology and voila: Uber and Lyft upend standard transit options, AirBNB takes on the hospitality industry and Square revolutionizes how both small and...
Dr. Juan Arhancet, Apse

Why BioGenerator Works

Any entrepreneur can attest that the obstacles positioned between a brilliant idea and a successful, growing business are many. To startup founders working in the BioTech or life sciences field specifically, those roadblocks can be downright...
SixThirty

Why These Two Startups Applied to SixThirty—And Why They’re Glad They Did

Why should startups apply to accelerator programs? Access to funding is an easy answer, but it’s not always the most important reason.  SixThirty is a venture capital fund and a business development accelerator program that...

SixThirty Announces Fall 2016 Cohort Class

SixThirty announced the five startups selected for its fall 2016 accelerator tonight at a joint event with SixThirty CYBER. Investors and individuals from the economic and development community gathered at T-REX to welcome the new companies...

5 Things We’re Reading This Week: September 23

Weekends are the perfect time to step away from the desk—standing or otherwise—and catch up on time spent with friends, family and all of the articles you bookmarked this week but didn’t have time...

Getting Everyone Involved: How BioSTL and Dr. Cheryl Watkins-Moore are Bringing New Talent to...

This Wednesday, BioSTL, ITEN and St. Louis Makes invite anyone who wants to learn more about opportunities in bioscience, IT and advanced manufacturing to VISION 2016 at St. Louis Community College—Forest Park, Mildred E....
Amit

Voices: Amit Kothari of Tallyfy on Corporate-Startup Collaboration

It’s no secret that St. Louis’ size allows for unique collaborations. Startups are able to gain access to corporate leadership and big businesses can feed off of the growing energy in the innovation space....

Voices: Abby Cohen of Sparo Labs on Corporate-Startup Collaboration

It’s no secret that St. Louis’ size allows for unique collaborations. Startups are able to gain access to corporate leadership and big businesses can feed off of the growing energy in the innovation space....
Mark Bini

Voices: Mark Bini of Express Scripts on Corporate-Startup Collaboration

It’s no secret that St. Louis’ size allows for unique collaborations. Startups are able to gain access to corporate leadership and big businesses can feed off of the growing energy in the innovation space....
natacha alpert

Voices: Natacha Alpert of Caleres on Corporate-Startup Collaboration

It’s no secret that St. Louis’ size allows for unique collaborations. Startups are able to gain access to corporate leadership and big businesses can feed off of the growing energy in the innovation space....
Atul Kamra

Voices: Atul Kamra of SixThirty on Corporate-Startup Collaboration

It’s no secret that St. Louis’ size allows for unique collaborations. Startups are able to gain access to corporate leadership and big businesses can feed off of the growing energy in the innovation space....

Voices: Ginger Imster of Arch Grants on Corporate-Startup Collaboration

It’s no secret that St. Louis’ size allows for unique collaborations. Startups are able to gain access to corporate leadership and big businesses can feed off of the growing energy in the innovation space....

Voices: Francis Chmelir of ITEN on Corporate-Startup Collaborations

It’s no secret that St. Louis' size allows for unique collaborations. Startups are able to gain access to corporate leadership and big businesses can feed off of the growing energy in the innovation space....

St. Louis Startup Accelerator Guide

St. Louis is a hotbed for startup accelerator programs right now, each with features that stand out—from a focus on a specific sector to an emphasis on inclusion. Here's your guide to find which...

Innovator to Know: Diana Zeng

Diana Zeng chose to move to St. Louis— she just didn’t intend to be here longer than four years. A Boston-bred WashU student pursuing business, Zeng had always planned to return to the East...
Artifox

Choose Your City: Why These 7 Startups are Building Their Companies in St. Louis

For these seven startups, the Gateway City wasn’t just a pit stop on the way to a coastal destination: It was a place to plant roots and grow. Some are international, and some drove...

Interview: Vin Ko, Program Manager of St. Louis Mosaic Project

Vin Ko is the program manager of the St. Louis Mosaic Project, a program that connects international St. Louis residents. What’s kept you in St. Louis? So I get this question a lot—especially when I tell...

January Makes a Case for Total Brand Overhaul

Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin and her team at January believe that a modern and strategic brand is a visual articulation of a strong business. "Design should be a pillar in your business model, not something that’s...

Your Guide to STL’s Biggest Fall 2016 Innovation Events

Fall in St. Louis brings a respite from the scorching summer temps before winter hits. This year, it also offers a packed schedule for anyone interested in innovation, tech and creativity (We figure that's you.) A bevy...

Where to Pitch: House of Genius

As a partner and managing member at Matter Family Office, Whitney Kenter travels often for her work as she helps entrepreneurial families navigate their wealth. One trip that proved fruitful for the St. Louis community...

Founder Series: Krista Clement of Helper Helper

Between classes, practices, games and studying, student athletes have a lot going on. Throw in community service, which is not only an encouraged piece of that puzzle, but often a required one, and you...

5 Things We’re Reading This Week: August 19

Weekends are the perfect time to step away from the desk—standing or otherwise—and catch up on time spent with friends, family and all of the articles you bookmarked this week but didn’t have time...

Gallery: Hello, Hackathon

On Saturday, August 13, GlobalHack, LaunchCode and Prosper Women Entrepreneurs hosted the first Hello, Hackathon event at the LaunchCode Mentor Center.   A beginner, code-free hackathon, many of the more than 60 participants were first time...

7 Reasons to Get Excited for Murmuration Festival

Murmuration is just over a month away; do you have your tickets yet?  The inaugural 3-day event, created by Loufest founder Brian Cohen and founder and CEO of Cortex Dennis Lower, will bring together artists,...

5 Things We’re Reading This Week: August 12

Weekends are the perfect time to step away from the desk—standing or otherwise—and catch up on time spent with friends, family and all of the articles you bookmarked this week but didn’t have time...

Catching up with Filament: More Space, More Events and of course, Better Meetings

Filament, the Downtown more-than-a-meeting space has been open for almost six months now, so we thought we'd walk down Washington to check in with Matt Homann and his team to see what was happening. An...

How to Exit at a Billion: Don’t Think About Exiting

It’s what a lot of founders dream about—whether or not they say it out loud—and it’s the easy way to validate that a city’s startup ecosystem is growing and thriving. But according to Cultivation...

5 Things We’re Reading This Week: August 5

Weekends are the perfect time to step away from the desk—standing or otherwise—and catch up on time spent with friends, family and all of the articles you bookmarked this week but didn’t have time...

The FAA Loosened Commercial Drone Restrictions: But What Does That Mean?

Earlier this summer the Federal Aviation Administration eased restrictions on commercial drone use with the Small Unmanned Aircraft Rule (more commonly known as the Part 107 ruling.) Not being drone/aerial experts ourselves, we tapped Ali Ahmadi, the co-founder...

STL Startup Tiny Superheroes is On A Mission of Inclusivity

Four years ago, Robyn Rosenberger wanted something special to gift her nephew on his second birthday, so she pulled out the sewing machine she's quick to admit wasn't seeing a lot of regular use,...

5 Things We’re Reading This Week: July 29

Weekends are the perfect time to step away from the desk—standing or otherwise—and catch up on time spent with friends, family and all of the articles you bookmarked this week but didn’t have time...
Connor Hall

Founder Series: Connor Hall

Connor Hall graduated from the University of Missouri Columbia this May, but not before creating two businesses in line with his passion for gaming: EpidEd, a company that promotes the positive aspects of gaming to kids through...

5 Things We’re Reading this Week: July 22

Weekends are the perfect time to step away from the desk—standing or otherwise—and catch up on time spent with friends, family and all of the articles you bookmarked this week but didn’t have time...

Why We’re Excited for Hello, Hackathon!

Next month, LaunchCode, GlobalHack and the Prosper Institute will come together for Hello, Hackathon!, a beginner-friendly event where teams will work to design an app or website to solve real-world problems.  No coding experience is necessary; teams...
Abby Cohen Sparo Labs

Sparo Labs’ Abby Cohen on Getting FDA Clearance for Wing

Earlier this month, WashU-bred biotech company Sparo Labs, headed up by co-founders Abby Cohen and Andrew Brimer, learned their Wing device gained FDA clearance. Wing hooks a sensor to a smartphone to measure the fastest speed...

The Yield Lab Announces Launch of The Yield Lab Galway

The Yield Lab announced the launch of the Yield Lab Galway, a food and agriculture technology venture fund and business accelerator Friday from Galway, Ireland. An early-stage venture fund and business accelerator, The Yield Lab invests...

SixThirty’s International Influence: 5 Companies, 5 Countries, 1 Accelerator Class

What do an Argentinian, Israeli, Canadian, Guatemalan and Hoosier have in common? For one thing, they each head up a growing FinTech company. For another, they all came together to grow those companies this spring...

Why You Need to be at the Innovation By Design Summit

Whether you work at a startup, a larger corporation or are just looking to be inspired, you’ll want to clear your schedule for Innovation By Design Summit September 27-28 at St. Louis Union Station. Powered...

Five Things We’re Reading this Week: July 8

Weekends are the perfect time to step away from the desk—standing or otherwise—and catch up on time spent with friends, family and all of the articles you bookmarked this week but didn't have time...

Founder Series: Steven Hanley of MediBeacon

MediBeacon is a name to know in the STL BioTech sector. The makers of proprietary, non-invasive, real-time monitoring systems for kidney function, gastrointestinal permeability and other light-activated diagnostics, MediBeacon acquired Mannheim Pharma & Diagnostics,...

Hot Jobs: 5 Sales & Marketing Openings at St. Louis Startups Right Now

Looking for your next move? TEQ Jobs is your path to employment in the St. Louis tech scene. Each week we’ll highlight opportunities you should know about. Here are five sales and marketing positions open...

7 Startup Events To Keep On Your Calendar

We’ve gathered some of the best events from all over the city to mark on your calendars. If you have events you’d like to see on EQ’s calendar, submit them here! 1 Million Cups Wednesday, July 6; 9-10am Nine...

Founder Series: Joseph Monahan of Confluence

When Pfizer left St. Louis in 2010, A small team of ex-Pfizer scientists with strong ideas for a new strategic approach to drug discovery research partnered with the St Louis BioGenerator leadership to develop a business...

CET’s Square One Program: Where Do You Fit?

CET’s Square One (SQ1), is a hands-on training program designed to provide support to early-stage and first-time business owners in the St. Louis region actively engaged in the development of a bioscience, information technology...

How Boosterville is Revolutionizing School Charity Sales

If you’ve ever been hit up by an angelic-faced grade schooler peddling magazine subscriptions or an eager trumpet player asking for donations so her marching band could travel to a far away parade (isn’t...

5 Startup Events You Can’t Miss This Week

We’ve gathered some of the best events from all over the city to mark on your calendars. If you have events you’d like to see on EQ’s calendar, submit them here! Open Data STL Meetup Tuesday, June 28;...

Hot Jobs: These 5 Startups Are Hiring Right Now

Looking for your next move? TEQ Jobs is your path to employment in the St. Louis tech scene. Each week we'll highlight opportunities you should know about. Here are five. SafeTrek Mobile Engineer  Who They Are: SafeTrek is on a...

The Joojoo App Launches Today, Looks to Make the Business of Recommendations More Personal

The most useful recommendations come from your friends, family and peers, not advertisers or strangers. The minds behind St. Louis' newest app are harnessing the trust you have of your inner circle with Joojoo,...
T-REX's fifth floor community space.

This Is Why You Should Pay Attention to T-REX’s New Capital Campaign

T-REX, the Downtown technology incubator and co-working space, has attracted innovative companies and events for the past two years. Now, the T-REX team is looking to expand its reach with an $8 million campaign,...

Innovator to Know: Stacy Taubman

St. Louis native Stacy Taubman has always taken on roles that involve coaching young people: A gymnastics coach by 15 and the coach of the Kirkwood Pom Squad in her 20s, she worked as...

Q/A: Jacqueline Ko Matthews of Investment POD

SixThirty brought Jacqueline Ko Matthews and her company, Investment POD, to St. Louis, and Prosper Women’s Entrepreneurs Accelerator Program has kept her connected. Read on to see how she got her start in the...

What to Expect from Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs (PWE) Startup Accelerator is always working to support woman-led businesses through investment, mentorship and networking. Startups that go through the program receive $50,000 equity, a curriculum specifically designed to advance their...
Paul Singh

This Week’s Can’t-Miss Startup Events: Paul Singh in STL, Demo Days and More

Paul Singh in STL? Check. Capital Innovators showing off the next unicorn startup? Check. This week is a big one. Mark your calendars now. And, if you have events you’d like to see on EQ’s...

Janus Choice Finds its Footing with Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator

Janus Choice, a company that offers an interactive, mobile, and easy-to-use platform for matching hospital patients with the best post-acute care providers, is growing. Rapidly. So successful has their growth spurt been, that Prosper Women...

Founder Series: Blake Marggraff of Epharmix

Blake Marggraff is a name you probably already know. He launched his first company in just his second year in college, later receiving an Arch Grant for it, and has now shifted his focus to...
BioGenerator Lab

Breaking Down BioGenerator

What is BioGenerator?  The short answer: A subsidiary of the non-profit organization BioSTL that was formed in 2003 to create, grow and invest in life science startups in the St. Louis region. The long answer: Their...

Chamillionaire and Mark Suster Visit STL and Talk Tech Startups, Investing & Snapchat

There are a few ways you can announce a launch, but when Grammy-winning rapper Chamillionaire shared that he'd founded his own tech startup via Mark Suster's Snapchat account from Wash U's campus, it was certainly noteworthy. According...

STL Startup News: Weekly Download – April 1

Here’s a recap of STL startup news this week. Have news to share? Email us at editors@eqstl.com. Tiny Arms, Big Toast T-REX celebrated two years in the historic Lammert Building this Tuesday with a party attended...

How Romanian Startup Appticles is Finding Connections in St. Louis

Mobile devices are being used to access content by more and more people. As a result, publishers, companies, organizations and anyone with a website must make sure that their content is mobile-friendly. Responsive websites have...

7 Startup Events You Can’t Miss This Week

We’ve gathered some of the best events from all over the city to mark on your calendars. If you have events you’d like to see on EQ’s calendar, submit them here! Elevar Connects St. Louis: Bridging...

Startup Talent Showcase Finds New Way to Connect Local Talent to Companies

Last night more than 40 companies and 50 job-seekers came together at T-REX for the first Startup Talent Showcase presented by Pluggedin St. Louis and Full Circle STL.  Each company got a chance to speak...

BioGenerator Company Accuronix Targets Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer causes 40,000 deaths each year, with available chemotherapy regimens providing only an average of 6-11 months survival. WashU-born company Accuronix, founded by Dr. William Hawkins and Robert Mach, PhD. (now of the...

8 Startup Events You Can’t Miss This Week

We’ve gathered some of the best events from all over the city to mark on your calendars. If you have events you’d like to see on EQ’s calendar, submit them here! Free Savvy Coders Intro Session Tuesday...

5 Startup Events You Can’t Miss This Week

We’ve gathered some of the best events from all over the city to mark on your calendars. If you have events you’d like to see on EQ’s calendar, submit them here! Savvy Coders Intro Session Tuesday March...

TechShop Sees Success with National Partnerships

We're still months away from the opening of TechShop St. Louis, but take a drive down Forest Park Avenue and you'll see progress is being made. Our location spans 18,000 square feet on the corner of...

6 Startup Events You Can’t Miss This Week

We’ve gathered some of the best events from all over the city to mark on your calendars. If you have events you’d like to see on EQ’s calendar, submit them here! 1 Million Cups Wednesday, March 9;...
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International Affair

How BioSTL’s team is building a relationship with Israel’s startups to grow St. Louis’ ecosystem.

Spotlight: Crystal Martin on What Entrepreneur Means to Her

Crystal is the St. Louis community engagement manager for LaunchCode. A Michigan native, coding captured her attention and kept her in St. Louis. How did you get involved in the startup community? I didn’t know what a...

7 Startup Events You Can’t Miss This Week

We’ve gathered some of the best events from all over the city to mark on your calendars. If you have events you’d like to see on EQ’s calendar, submit them here! ITEN 2015 Tech Startup Report...

Evelyn White on Knowing When to Pivot

Evelyn White had been founder and CEO at Bookalokal, a company that created in-home dining experiences around the world since 2013. But at the start of 2016, after listening to her market, she switched...

Global VR/AR Association Launches in St. Louis

"I have this phrase that I've started using which is, 'VR is not just a thing, AR is not just a thing, VR and AR will be everything," says Nathan Pettyjohn, founder and president...

Third Annual Arcus Awards Honor Area Leaders, Companies

At the third annual Arcus Awards this evening, The St. Louis Regional Chamber showed appreciation for those making St. Louis a more attractive place to live, work and invest.  Presented by Rubin Brown, the awards spotlighted 64 finalists...

Cortex CEO and LouFest Founder Join Forces, Create Festival to Celebrate Intersection of Art,...

Cortex CEO Dennis Lower and LouFest Founder Brian Cohen have come together to bring St. Louis a new reason to get excited about fall—and it has nothing to do with baseball playoffs. Their new...
Founder of Streamlink, Adam Roth. Photo courtesy of Streamlink

Founder Series: Adam Roth of Streamlink

Adam Roth is founder and CEO of Streamlink Software, an Ohio-based company in the iSelect portfolio. We talked to him on the career shift that led to starting Streamlink, how non-profits are like startups...
Startup Events

7 Startup Events You Can’t Miss This Week

We’ve gathered some of the best events from all over the city to mark on your calendars. If you have events you’d like to see on EQ’s calendar, submit them here! SBA: Export Problems & Opportunities...

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Announces 2016 Spring Class

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs (PWE) announced the five women-led companies in their 2016 spring class this afternoon including companies from both coasts and Europe. The selected companies will participate in a three-month intensive designed specifically for women...

Capital Innovators Announces Spring Accelerator Class

Capital Innovators announced the six companies comprising its 2016 spring accelerator class tonight at CIC @4240. Ranked as a top 10 accelerator nationally now two years in a row, Capital Innovators seeks out high growth...

Maritz & Capital Innovators Partner; Co-Lease Space at Cortex

Maritz and Capital Innovators announced today that they have entered into a four-year partnership with the goal of strengthening each other’s portfolio of companies. The two entities look to create an innovation network fostering innovation...

6 Startup Events You Can’t Miss This Week

We’ve gathered some of the best events from all over the city to mark on your calendars. If you have events you'd like to see on EQ's calendar, submit them here! 1 Million Cups Wednesday, Feb 10;...

Yield Lab Announces 2016 Portfolio Companies

More than 120 applications from 26 countries were submitted for the seven spots in Yield Lab’s 2016 class. The nation’s first and largest agriculture technology business accelerator announced its second round of portfolio companies...

7 Startup Events You Can’t Miss This Week

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...

6 Startup Events You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

Plenty of opportunities to get out there and get your feet wet in the STL startup space this week. We've gathered some of the best events from all over the city to mark on your...
RoverTown

Catching up with RoverTown

If creating a business that caters to college students looking to save money seems like a safe bet, the RoverTown team has certainly proved that notion right. Founded at Southern Illinois University Carbondale more than six years...

Take Note: Artifox Nailed Its Video Campaign

When it comes to marketing, The team at Artifox understands the power of "show, don't tell." In launching its new Youtube Channel late last week, the St. Louis startup created a video highlighting the design shop's attractive and convenient...

7 Startup Events You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

2016 is off to a great start in the St. Louis startup space. Happy hours, Lunch 'n Learns and more—schedule your week accordingly because there is a lot going on. StartLouis Meeting Tuesday, Jan 12; 6:30-9:15pm T-REX,...

This Startup is Using Indoor Mapping to Make Shopping Easier

Some of the best ideas are born of necessity, and the story of Aisle411 is no different. Founder and CEO Nathan Pettyjohn was wandering a store looking for a surge protector after well-meaning associates sent...

How APSE Aims to Change AgTech

John Killmer brings more than 30 years of experience working in Agtech from serving as President of Monsanto China to now acting as CEO of St. Louis-based APSE. We tapped him to talk to...

This Startup is Helping Flip Education

Dr. Renato Cataldo has a doctorate in pharmacy, has been involved in multiple startup exits within the technology space and is a university professor. Now with his latest venture he is taking on education—flip...

Founder Series: Tyler King of Less Annoying CRM

A talented entrepreneur is born in St. Louis, stays in town for college to attend Washington University, but then migrates west after graduation. Unfortunately, this isn't such an uncommon story for our region, but more...

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