STL Startup News: Weekly Download – April 1

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Here’s a recap of STL startup news this week. Have news to share? Email us at editors@eqstl.com.

Mayor Francis Slay speaks at the T-REX 2-year anniversary. Photo by Daniel Shular via Twitter.
Mayor Francis Slay speaks at the T-REX 2-year anniversary. Photo by Daniel Shular via Twitter.

Tiny Arms, Big Toast

T-REX celebrated two years in the historic Lammert Building this Tuesday with a party attended by startups, investors and city and regional leaders including Mayor Francis Slay. ‘Celebrity bartenders’ who served the crowd included ITEN’s Francis Chmelir, Arch Grants’ Ginger Imster and Throwboy’s Roberto Hoyos. At the celebration, executive director of T-REX Patricia Hagan announced the launch of a capital campaign with the goal of raising $8 million over the next 18 months. Funds will go towards building out office space on its second, third and fourth floors.

 

NGA is Here to Stay

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency will be staying in St. Louis, as reported by the Post-Dispatch yesterday. This news keeps 3,100 jobs with the NGA in St. Louis, moving to the planned $1.75 billion development just northwest of downtown.

 

Beer Buzz

Schlafly Beer, Missouri’s largest locally-owned and independent craft brewery, announced this week an industry-first marketing plan to utilize an exclusive on-premise beacon technology to engage the Schlafly Beer community via a new mobile app in partnership with Juxtad. Starting today, beer-lovers can download the new Schlafly mobile app to receive notifications about drink specials, tasting notes, new beer releases. 

St. Louis beer startup Synek, announced a partnership with the the Pittsburgh Pirates, as reported by the St. Louis Business Journal, to place a Synek draft machine in each PNC Park suite. Representatives from Synek say they’re also in talks with other MLB teams.

4 Hands Brewing Co. will release City Wide, an American Pale Ale in support of four area non-profits as a part of its philanthropic “Make Your Mark” project. With a release set for April 11, the new beer will be available in a 4-pack can format only and only in St. Louis, benefitting Cherokee Street/Love Park, Grace Hill, Great Rivers Greenway and the International Institute of St. Louis. “Our goal is to get the consumer involved beyond just the beer,” says founder Kevin Lemp. “We strive to be a positive force in the St. Louis community.

 

Karlie Codes in St. Louis 

This summer, St. Louis native Karlie Kloss will launch her own Kode with Klossy coding camps for young women aged 13-18 in Los Angeles, New York, and St. Louis. Using the curriculum and learning platform from Flatiron, 80 scholarship recipients will participate in their own program taught by independent instructors, learning the fundamentals of Ruby on Rails and building out their own web app. To apply for camp scholarship, prospective candidates must submit video and text applications to the selection committee, by April 30th.

 

Upcoming deadlines:

Registration is open for 3 Day Startup Gateway Arch, which will be held April 8-10. Applications close April 1. Apply here.

Registration for Prosper Mastermind Growth Groups is open. Applications close May 2. Apply here.

Submissions are open for the Pitch & Catch competition organized by the Saint Louis University Center for Entrepreneurship. Apply here.

Registration is open for the Fall 2016 Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator. Decisions will be made by late summer. Apply here.