The Bourbon Friday Show with Assistive Technology Creator Key2Enable

Key2Enable is Customizable Assistive Technology Key-X technology provides a new contextual interface for the disabled. The technology consists of a platform in which the controls...

With Help From The Yield Lab, Aptimmune Biologics Gains Access to the Worldwide Market

Aptimmune Biologics, a member of the 2016 Yield Lab portfolio of AgTech startups, announced their partnership with Kemin Industries, an Ag and Animal product...

ITEN’s CIP Program Jumpstarts Corporate Innovation

ITEN’s Corporate Innovation Program (CIP) capitalizes on a growing trend in which corporations are sponsoring innovation showcases or demo days. Just as trade shows...

From Collaboration to Product Validation: An Interview with SentiAR CEO Jim Howard

Jim Howard is no stranger to entrepreneurship. Since the early 90s, Howard has worked in a number of startups across the pharmaceutical and technology...

St. Louis Venture Capital Investment Report Spotlights Overall Success but Warns of Critical Inflection...

Over the last 5 years, there’s no doubt that St. Louis has cemented a reputation for hosting a thriving and dynamic startup community. In...

St. Louis AgTech Accelerator Growing into Global Influencer

The Yield Lab, named this year as the World’s Most Valuable Accelerator in AgFunder’s 2018 Innovation Awards, is part of a growing regional AgTech...

DevOps Midwest Conference at T-Rex Teaches Best Practices for Automating Development

DevOps Midwest, a special conference with a slate of nationally known experts in the field of software development, will be held September 19-20, 2018...

OPO Startups Members Have Raised $10M and Created a Combined Payroll of $12M. Here’s...

OPO is a co-working center for digital Startups located in the “Old Post Office” building on Main Street St. Charles. The 10,000 square foot...

Bourbon Friday “Innovate Giving” Event Explores How Social Entrepreneurs Are Changing Charitable Giving Through...

A special episode of the Bourbon Friday Show featured a live streaming of the Innovate Giving panel discussion on the intersection of Innovation and...

St. Louis Has “Agglomeration” In AgTech, According To A Brookings Report, And That’s A...

The Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy think tank based in Washington, DC released a report on July 25 (2018) entitled “Rethinking Cluster Initiatives”...

Cortex Metrolink Grand Opening

A new Metrolink station at Cortex will provide a new, convenient transportation option for the thousands of employees and visitors in the central corridor...

The Bourbon Friday Show with Cody Beck from American Hauntings Podcast

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show we had the opportunity to talk with Cody Beck from American Hauntings Podcast about his journey...

Cortex Innovation Community Celebrate Aloft Hotel Groundbreaking

The new 129 room hotel at Cortex is scheduled to open Fall 2019. The Aloft brand is designed to appeal to the next generation...

Innovate Giving Event Explores How Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship is Disrupting Philanthropy

Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy is innovating fast. We take a moment to talk about it. Join us at T-Rex this Friday, July 27th from...
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Watch Out, Hackers: St. Louis’ Growing Cybersecurity Community is a Force to be...

Thanks to bottom up and top down efforts, St. Louis is quickly becoming one of the country’s top centers for cybersecurity innovation and education....

We’ve Funded 114 Startups to Make a Difference in St. Louis

Today, I’m pleased to release our 2017 annual impact report. Typically, annual reports for non-profits focus on quantitative data, such as financials, but this...

From Science Research to IoT Device Design: Plant Analytics Startup Grows With Arch Grants

When Dr. Nadia Shakoor discovered the lack of availability and the prohibitive costs of plant data collecting devices on the market, she considered her...

BioSTL Brings International Health Care Innovators and Medtech to St. Louis

In its second annual GlobalSTL Health Innovation Summit held on June 27, 2018, GlobalSTL invites health tech from Israel, Ireland, the United Kingdom and...

Six Startups Selected to Participate in the 2018 Ameren Accelerator Program

Six startup companies have been selected by Ameren Corporation to come to St. Louis to participate in the 2018 Ameren Accelerator, an innovative public-private...

The Bourbon Friday Show: Darryl Palmer on Bringing Singularity University to St. Louis

On this episode of The Bourbon Friday Show we had the opportunity to talk with Darryl Palmer, CTO for Janus Choice, and Ambassador to...

From Norway to St. Louis: An Entrepreneur’s Journey

IT buff and go-getter Geir Karlsen is on a lifelong mission to expand his knowledge — of everything from business acumen to cultural differences. “In...

Heartland Hyperloop Could Create New Megaregion In Missouri

Presenting at Freightweek STL, Andrew Smith, Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with the St. Louis Regional Chamber, broke the news that Missouri may...

Brazen Elevator Pitch Event Winner: Shayba Muhammad On Being In Flow

People are often told that in order to be successful, one must put aside anything and everything that does not directly serve your creative...

The Bourbon Friday Show: Tyler Kelley On Doing Something Bigger

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show we had the opportunity to talk with Tyler Kelley, Co-Founder of SLAM! Agency about one of...

It Takes a Village (and Universities Directly Engaging the Startup Ecosystem) to Retain Talent...

On the subject of talent retention, every city finds it a challenge to compete with the bright lights of major tech centers like San...

Redeveloped Downtown St. Louis Garment District Aims to “Turn Young Fashion Designers Into Successful...

In January the St. Louis Fashion Fund, Downtown STL and St. Louis Development Corporation announced the "re-development" plan for the St. Louis Garment District, a...

Universities in St. Louis Are More Engaged Than Ever In the Startup Ecosystem

At their recent event, Merge Summit, Emily Lohse-Busch, Executive Director of Arch Grants, discussed the role of solid research and support of entrepreneurship from...

The Bourbon Friday Show: Featuring Dave Costenaro, Executive Director at Prepare.Ai

In this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show we had the opportunity to talk with Dave Costenaro, Executive Director at Prepare.Ai, about the AI...

T-Rex and Cortex’s Dennis Lower Honored At 2018’s What’s Right With The Region Awards

The What’s Right with the Region Awards celebrates businesses and organizations that often toil in obscurity but nonetheless provide essential services to better their...

This Wednesday, May 16th: Join OPO Startups As They Celebrate Third Anniversary

OPO Startups, the coworking space housed in a renovated historic post office on Main Street in St. Charles, will celebrate it’s third anniversary with...

Employer Blue Sky Hours Led to Building Tattoo Conference in St. Louis

Tattoo The Lou is St. Louis’ is tattoo and arts convention being held in downtown St. Louis, next weekend from Friday, May 18th through...

Diagnostics Tool Developer Secures $1M in Funding to Detect GI Disease

For life sciences startup Geneoscopy, successful fundraising meant finding creative applications for their technology, accepting and implementing feedback, and lots of stool samples.

Capital Innovators Demo Day 2018

Capital Innovators is showcasing twelve of their latest investments at their annual Demo Day on May 15th, 2018. The event takes place in St....

The Bourbon Friday Show Featuring Lisa Hu: Founder and Designer of Lux & Nyx

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show we had the opportunity to talk with Lisa Hu, Founder and Designer of Lux & Nyx,...

New Conference Aims to Prepare St. Louis Workforce to Transform Into A.I. Tech Hub

Among the legends within the St. Louis’ entrepreneur community, David Karandish and Chris Sims, have launched a non-profit called Prepare.ai dedicated to driving the...

Arch Grants Global Startup Competition Entrants: Get Ready for Transformative Feedback

Successful startups know the value of “failing faster” – that is, recognizing errors or opportunities for improvement early and course-correcting until they achieve their...

Creator Platform for Private Label Fashion Designers is Reclaiming Threads of St. Louis’ History

Most entrepreneurs would not launch a company with two businessmen from different corners of the globe and little industry experience. Tiffany Chimal is not...

Create Your List Of Internal Values, Add Your Customer’s Values, Then Go Live Like...

Perhaps the biggest result of the startup boom has been a widespread paradigm shift in the way businesses approach culture. Entrepreneurs around the world...

Network Density, Access to Talent and Maximizing Your Capital Are All Good Reasons to...

Smaller “second” cities can offer a lower cost of living, robust regional networks, and a wealth of highly skilled talent. Late 2017 saw a...

Innovation Hall is Emblematic Of All Our Achievements In Building The St. Louis Startup...

The opening of Innovation Hall in the Cortex Innovation District represents a new phase for the St. Louis startup community. In just ten years,...

Knowledge Drop Recap of 2018 Midwest Digital Marketing Conference

The 2018 Midwest Digital Marketing Conference (MDMC) was full of “gold nuggets and knowledge bombs left and right,” according to Stephanie Liu, one of...

How Allison Mitchell Made the Leap from Philosophy Major to Fashion Designer

As Richard Branson once said, “In the end, you have to say ‘Screw it. Just do it.’” That means ignore the naysayers, outwork the...

How this Powerlifter is Running a Startup in Four Countries from a Desk at...

Avi Silverberg is on the leading edge of a movement to redefine work in the digital age. He’s the co-founder of MyStrengthBook, a custom...

Sling Health 2018 MedTech Demo Day, Tomorrow at Cortex

What began as a WashU student group in 2013 has became a fully incorporated nonprofit, celebrating six years of showcasing local and national MedTech...

Bioscience Startup Founders: Expect Bumps in the Road From Academic to Entrepreneur

After receiving his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, Christian Harding embarked on a post-doc fellowship that soon evolved into VaxNewMo, a biotech company developing antibacterial...

Mission Driven Startup Radically Thought Through Business Model to Reach Sustainable Business Goals

"Sustainability is one of the greatest business challenges of our time," Emily Lohse-Busch, Executive Director of Arch Grants told EQ. "Every company needs a...
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Local Immunotherapy Startup Attracts $3 Million Investment

St. Louis-based startup Unleash Immuno Oncolytics, which has developed viral-based biologics to attack cancerous tumors, has attracted a major investment from publicly-traded Japanese company...

From Humble Beginnings: The Conference Built On Social Media

What started out as a university department experiment, 6 years ago, has grown from a passion project into the fastest growing marketing conference in...

You Are (So Much) More Than Your Business Cards

I’ll never forget the first networking event I ever went to. Fresh out of college. Green. A stack of business cards in my pocket....

Meet the Underground Storyteller Creating Windows to the Soul (of the City)

Underground culture plays an important role in shaping a community, and one Florissant native is working to reshape how others view Saint Louis. More...

From Madison to STL: Rebate Bus Sets the Standard for Job Creation Through Innovation

The Ameren Accelerator didn’t just help Rebate Bus break into a highly competitive industry — it provided the support, guidance, and resources the company...

SentiAR Scored A Major Milestone In Federal Grant Peer Review Process

What do you think of when you think of augmented reality? Yep, finding Pokemon in the Missouri Botanical Garden. The flagship example of a...

Capital Innovators Spring 2018 Startup Accelerator Class Announced

Capital Innovators has selected six new companies to take part in its Spring 2018 startup accelerator cohort. The Spring 2018 class includes companies from...
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One Year in, the Ameren Accelerator Has Surpassed All Expectations

Offering a compelling combination of unparalleled infrastructure, experienced mentors, eager student interns, and $100,000 in seed funding, the Ameren Accelerator has been a gamechanger...
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News Flash for Energy Startups: The Power of Partnering with an Accelerator is Real

Given their capacity to connect founders to relevant mentors, candidates, and technology capabilities, accelerators provide energy startups with the operational leg up they need...

To Improve Healthcare, Washington University Makes a Big Bet on Big Data

An introduction at the 2017 GlobalSTL Health Innovation Summit turned into a multi-million dollar partnership between Washington University and Israeli Health Startup MDClone. Here's...

Energy startups compete for $100K and a spot in the 2018 Ameren Accelerator

Applications opened last week for the Ameren Accelerator, a public-private partnership between the University of Missouri System, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators that offers...

Last Week on The Bourbon Friday Show: Kathleen Bauer, Community Director at T-REX

As a major hub for the tech startup scene in St. Louis, T-REX plays a crucial role in the development of many startups. On last...

Why 5 Israeli Startups Chose to Establish U.S. Headquarters in St Louis

This week, three delegations from St. Louis conclude trips to Israel. The delegations represent three industries that are not only among St. Louis’ fastest-growing, but...

Want to Supercharge Your Startup? Apply for Arch Grants’ 2018 Startup Competition

The Arch Grants team is thrilled to announce the 2018 Arch Grants Global Startup Competition. The competition opens on February 1st to startups around...

Tips On Pursuing a Career in Entrepreneurship: Finding a Startup That Works For You

Finding the right fit at a startup is a process that can be challenging, exciting, self-reflective, and empowering. Check out Suzanne’s story and her...
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The Consumers Council of Missouri: Fighting for Fair Power Pricing

As utility companies look to increase costs, the Consumers Council of Missouri works to keep essential services affordable for all St. Louisans. Many St. Louisans...

On Last Week’s “Bourbon Friday Show” – Erik Lutenegger of Tenacity, and the “New...

Over the last two weeks, myself and a few other entrepreneurs at T-REX decided to organize a live-stream show on social media. In honor of...

Two SixThirty Startups Raise $25 Million in Funding

2017 saw two SixThirty portfolio companies raise significant investment. Both companies are based in Israel and came to St Louis to work with SixThirty...

Hey, St. Louis – Let’s Build the Next Amazon Here

St. Louis won’t be Amazon’s second headquarters, but we have the talent, energy, and ambition to build our tech ecosystem from the ground up. Earlier...
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Venture Philanthropy: A People-Centered Approach to Economic Development

Venture philanthropy applies the principles of venture capital to address societal issues and transform communities. Here’s how Arch Grants puts these principles into practice...

5 Reasons Students And Job Seekers Should Participate At The Upcoming Startup Talent Showcase

We all know that looking for a job is a full-time job. As a student, finding the perfect summer internship is a difficult task...

Is Blockchain the Future of Real Estate?

Blockchain technology could revolutionize real estate by streamlining transactions, heightening transparency, and increasing efficiency across the board. As more people and industries become aware of...

5 Reasons Why Your Company Will Not Want To Miss The Upcoming Startup Talent...

Let's face it, the hiring process can be grueling. Most startups don't have an HR person or a formalized hiring process and need alternative...

The Truth about Tax Incentives

With some adjustments to the city’s tax abatement system, real estate developers can pursue successful projects that benefit all of St. Louis. Most of us...

Mindy Mazur Joins Brazen St. Louis As New Executive Director

Mindy Mazur has been named as full-time executive director of Brazen St. Louis, the non-profit organization formerly known as Prosper Women Entrepreneurs. She is...

The Rise of the Millennial Buyer in St. Louis

As the St. Louis innovation community grows, an influx of younger home buyers are coming to the city. Here’s how real estate agents can...

St Louis Startup Boom Was 20 Years In The Making

St Louis’ current position as a global leader in plant science and BioTech, didn’t happen overnight. Instead, careful planning over the course of two...

Today In Global Entrepreneurship Week Connect With Top STL Startups Under One Roof At...

Tonight, Startup Connection, the biggest celebration of St. Louis’ Innovation Community, will show off more than 60 of the top startups in St. Louis...

Why Every Company in St. Louis Should “Save the Raise”

Companies in St. Louis are no longer required to pay their minimum-wage employees $10 an hour. Here’s why they should do it anyway. If you...

Brazen St. Louis Wins $90,000 Grant To Support Diversity Program For Women Entrepreneurs

Brazen St. Louis, an organization dedicated to helping growth-seeking women entrepreneurs advance their businesses, announced today that it has been awarded a $90,000 grant...

18 Startups Win $50,000 Each To Locate Their Business In St Louis

Arch Grants has awarded $900,000 in grant funds to 18 new startups and early-stage businesses. The winners were announced at the 5th annual Arch...

Technology and Property Management: Here’s What Brokers Need to Know

New developments in real estate technology bode well for the industry as a whole. A thoughtful approach to innovation can cut costs, improve efficiency,...

Ameren Accelerator Results Boost Energy Startups In St. Louis

The seven startups who came to St. Louis to participate in the Ameren Accelerator delivered a showcase of their innovative solutions and new energy...

Capital Innovators Fall 2017 Accelerator Class Announced

Capital Innovators has selected six new startup companies to take part in its Fall 2017 Accelerator cohort. To date, the 83 that have received...

Shared Experience Helps Ameren Accelerate And Build Culture of Innovation

Programmed by the University of Missouri System, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators, the Ameren Accelerator program is the first of its kind. The 12-week...

A Student Journey through UMSL Accelerate: Meet Yaniv Dudaie

UMSL is transforming education's role in entrepreneurship with UMSL Accelerate. EQ got a chance to sit down with one UMSL student who has embraced...
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7 Cool Cleantech Companies Join Ameren Accelerator

More than 200 companies from 31 countries and 23 states applied for the 12-week Ameren Accelerator program. The companies were selected through a series...

6 Affordable Office Spaces for Entrepreneurs in St. Louis County

One of the biggest line items on a startup company's balance sheet is its office space, so it's a goal to keep that as...
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Downtown St. Louis Garment District Continues to Grow with Search for New Placemaking Services

Significant investments in Downtown St. Louis over the last two decades have transformed former desolate areas like Washington Avenue into a thriving dining and entertainment destination. Now, In order to leverage opportunities for continued growth of the district, Downtown STL, Inc., in partnership with the Saint Louis Fashion Fund and others, is seeking proposals for placemaking services for the Historic Garment District in Downtown St. Louis.

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.
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STL VentureWorks South County Paves the Way for Retail Startups to Grow

Jane Sueme started beekeeping as a hobby in 2004 and as a business in 2009. In 2013, she was ready to take Isabee’s Beekeeping Equipment and Supplies to the next level. Enter STL VentureWorks' South County location, an incubator for retail businesses like hers.
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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...
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Getting Started With Exporting: Resources for Entrepreneurs in St. Louis

Despite the long-held belief among exporting agencies that businesses should securely establish themselves in domestic markets before attempting to export, startups are now increasingly "born global." Here's what you need to know to get started in St. Louis.
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SixThirty Co-Hosts Second Annual Distributed: Trade Conference in St. Louis, Draws Financial and Supply...

SixThirty and BTC Media will co-host the 2nd annual Distributed: Trade conference at Washington University in St. Louis on Monday, July 24. An intersection of finance and trade, Distributed: Trade is building on its conversation from last year about optimizing blockchain technology across entire industries. They are expecting over 50 speakers from around the world with a large number of local St. Louis experts in the mix.
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Cultivation Capital’s Rick Ryan on Trends in Life Science Innovation

Cultivation Capital’s Life Sciences team monitors trends in the categories of therapeutics, medical devices, research tools and diagnostics, medical devices and health care IT to inform their decisions on investments in early-stage life sciences companies. We sat down with Rick Ryan, General Partner at Cultivation Capital, to talk trends in the field.

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.
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Applications Open for the 2017 St. Louis Export Challenge Powered by Arch Grants and...

The World Trade Center St. Louis (WTC), the international division of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, today launched the 2017 St. Louis Export Challenge, powered by Arch Grants and JPMorgan Chase. The competition will award a total of $60,000 in grants and other benefits to startup and mid-size companies with the best exporting ideas. Applications are open through Aug. 9, and winners will be announced Sept. 22 at WTC’s Growing Global event.
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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.

SixThirty’s “Let’s Talk FinTech” Event Showcases Problems Faced by Financial Services Incumbents and how...

SixThirty, the global financial technology  venture fund and business development program based in St. Louis, hosted "Let’s Talk FinTech" on June 13 at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA). Here's what came out of the discussion.
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Maritz Improves Business Performance with Innovative Behavioral Science

At its core, Maritz is a people-centered company. Over its more than 120-year history, Maritz has honed and developed its expertise in the science of human behavior. Now, the company is innovating even further with the appointment of its first Chief Behavioral Officer, Charlotte Blank.
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Why STL Innovators Should Attend “Downtown Online” on June 15

St. Louis’ Downtown has seen a tremendous amount of growth over the last few years. To celebrate this growth and to share updates with the public, Downtown STL, Inc. will host its annual event, “Downtown Online,” on June 15. Here's why you should be there.
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Free “Roadmap to Entrepreneurship” Conference Invites Aspiring and Current Entrepreneurs to Learn and Network...

St. Louis’ startup ecosystem has no shortage of events to attend, but very few focus on helping new or aspiring entrepreneurs navigate the nuts and bolts of getting started. On Monday, June 12, the Missouri Venture Forum will help fill in the gaps with its second annual Roadmap to Entrepreneurship conference, which brings together some of the most experienced leaders in the St. Louis startup community for a full afternoon of learning. Here's who should go.
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How to Strengthen and Grow Your Startup Ecosystem: Capital Innovators Panel with Leslie Miley...

On Monday, May 15, the eve of Capital Innovators Demo Day, the St. Louis-based accelerator hosted a panel discussion at T-REX with Cultivation Capital, Venture for America, and PluggedIN titled, “How to Strengthen and Grow Your Startup Ecosystem.” Here are takeaways from the thought-provoking discussion.
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What Does an Entrepreneurship in Residence Program Look Like in Higher Education? UMSL Shows...

At UMSL Accelerate, the entrepreneurship platform at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a culture of service is central to its mission. One of its key components is promoting innovation through relevant co-curricular and interdisciplinary opportunities, with the belief that it is important for students to have both in-class and out-of-class educational opportunities. The program’s Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program is responding to just that.

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