Local focus: TopOpps’ Chisom Uche Believes Community Matters

Chisom Uche, TopOpps’ fiercely intelligent and civically-motivated marketing specialist, is a sterling representative of St. Louis’ entrepreneurial community.

The Value of an Entrepreneur in Residence

Entrepreneurs jumping into STL's startup space bring with them skill, passion and determination to see their companies and ideas succeed. But while passion may...

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...

Why Evidence-Based Innovation is Great News for STL Biotech

On November 3rd, from 6:30 – 8:30pm, the second floor of CIC@4240 will become the location of a unique gathering of people looking to...

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...

The Bourbon Friday Show with Emily Lohse-Busch from Arch Grants

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show we had the opportunity to talk with Emily Lohse-Busch, Executive Director at Arch Grants, about the...

SafeTrek Provides Personal Safety at the Touch of a Button

Everyone can remember a moment they felt unsafe. Perhaps it was late and you were walking alone. Maybe you were waiting for a train...

Get to Know T-REX’s Patty Hagen

Dr. Patricia Hagan is a person in the startup space you need—and want—to meet. A native St. Louisan who holds her PhD in Public...
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Meet Barry Sandweiss: General Partner at Cultivation Capital

If you’re looking to build a business, you want Barry Sandweiss on your side. We caught up with this successful entrepreneur and partner at Cultivation Capital.

11 Washington University Companies That Have Made an Impact on STL’s Startup Scene

As we all know, St. Louis' startup growth has been accelerating at record speed in the last five years. That said, some of our region's most successful...

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...

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.

What You Need to Know About Cortex Commons This Season

There’s plenty of research that suggests working inside for too long stifles creativity and innovation. Cortex Commons, with special events manager Jessica Labozzetta, at the...

From Opening Day to Demo Day, Spinball Sports is Ready to Pitch

Tom Hart, Spinball Sports’ CEO knows what goes into a great pitch: aim, angle, spin, speed and follow through. His Pro Line and Spinball Wizard...

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...

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....

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...
Chris Danforth

Meet Chris Danforth: General Partner Cultivation Capital Life Sciences Fund

Chris Danforth has his hand in a wide variety Life Sciences investment and non-profit activity throughout the region. Meet the general partner in St. Louis-based venture firm Cultivation Capital’s Life Sciences Fund and Managing Director of The Yield Lab.

ITEN Releases Annual Tech Startup Report: 6 Takeaways

At a launch party at T-REX tonight, ITEN released its 2015 Startup Tech Report offering encouraging information for the region and the tech startup world. As...

Why You Should Attend Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator Demo Day

Last April, six passionate women came together and pitched to business leaders, venture capitalists, angel investors and potential clients on innovative ideas, companies and products....

Two Arch Grants Companies Shine This Election Year

Few things are more visibly disruptive to the process of democracy than the long lines of frustrated voters. In a contentious Presidential election year...

Industrious Inspires Community and Collaboration

The benefits of officing out of Industrious are fast internet, local snacks and drinks and educational programming, but one feature that Industrious excels at is realizing the...

STL-based Immunophotonics is taking on cancer using your own body

A diagnosis of cancer often brings shock, sadness and fear as patients prepare to confront one of the most pervasive and difficult diseases in...
Cybersecurity-Code

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....

PWE Accelerator Attracts CEOs from all over: Spotlight on Brooklyn-based Humblee

Zuley Clarke, co-founder and CEO of Humblee, is a Spring 2017 graduate of Prosper Women Entrepreneur’s (PWE) Startup Accelerator. Her B2B company, based in Brooklyn, New...
The PicoBuzz team

New to St. Louis, But a Big Fan Already: Why International Pico.Buzz made a...

Meet Pico.Buzz, part of Capital Innovators' Spring 2017 cohort.

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...

Startup Story: Bractlet Founders Expend All Their Energy To Help Conserve Yours

After starting in a series of apartment-offices, Bractlet is enjoying incredible success today, but the founding team hasn't abandoned its dedication to finding solutions—no matter what it takes
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5 Downtown St. Louis Developments To Get Excited About Right Now

Downtown St. Louis continues to grow and thrive as an inviting environment for both businesses and residents. Here are five of the newest developments you’ll want to keep an eye on.

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...

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...
Label Insight

Label Insight Uses Data To Tell The Real Story Behind Your Food

Sponsored Content: What's this?  Startup founders quickly realize that the work can be exhausting. For every euphoric crest, there’s a demoralizing crater along the way. Dheeraj Patri...

Arch Grants Churns Out Accelerator Winners

Amit Kothari has achieved the status of bad ass. The technology entrepreneur steps out of a seminar in Silicon Valley hosted by 500 Startups,...

Cambridge Innovation Center’s First Expansion Outside of Massachusetts Opens in St. Louis’ Cortex

CIC has opened its first location outside of Massachusetts in the Cortex Innovation Community with 20 founding members.

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...
Ameren Accelerator 2017 Cohort

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...

Carter Williams: Family Offices Aren’t Investing Like They Used To

By Carter Williams, Managing Director of iSelect Fund The family office is changing. Rather than turn assets over to managers, today’s family offices increasingly prefer to invest...
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Saint Louis University Captures the Teen Entrepreneurial Spirit

Entrepreneurship is not limited to any age, as evidenced by the successful high school programs hosted by Saint Louis University and its close partnership...

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...

Choosing the Right Space to Grow: The Globe Building

When the Globe Building opened in 1933 in Downtown St. Louis, it served as the Midwest Terminal Building for the Illinois Railroad, designed with...
STL Fashion Incubator

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.
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6 WashU faculty-founded startups show velocity for university business creation

In late 2015, when asked what responsibilities universities have to the startup community, Associate Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at...
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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...

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,...

Careful Consideration: How Gremln Evolved, Adapted and Excelled

In 2009, Ryan Bell was looking for money. Working as an independent software consultant, he had built a social media scheduling and campaign management...

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...

5 Marketing Tips from Hawk Time

Startup founders face a myriad of obstacles, and one of those obstacles is correct branding. Entrepreneurs Marlon Whitfield and Anthony Stewart found that one of...

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,...
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Jump Start Your 2017: 5 Reasons Your Business Should Apply for an Arch Grant

It’s no secret that to get a business started, one needs cash and a superior support system. If you haven't already applied for an Arch Grants, here are five reasons you should.

How Green Street is Repurposing St. Louis

Positioning matters—and for startups, everything from the mission statement to customer support is scrutinized. But all too often in a digitally driven, co-working friendly...
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Points of View: 3 Startup Supporters Share How the T-REX Innovation Center Sets Itself...

The startup scene in St. Louis is a variegated one. Besides the startup businesses themselves, accelerators, incubators, investors and entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) make up...
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.

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...

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...

Climate Change: The Yield Lab’s Answer to the Standard Accelerator Model

The right climate is crucial for growth. The Yield Lab knows that’s as true for agriculture as it is for startups. By identifying promising...

Beyond the Basics: 4 Things ITEN’s Mock Angels Want Startups to Know

Since ITEN launched the Mock Angel program in 2009, ITEN startup companies and the startup ecosystem in St. Louis have both evolved and matured. Melissa...

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator Participants Attest to Program’s Value

Since the Spring of 2015, the Prosper Women Entrepreneurs (PWE) Startup Accelerator has invested in women-led startups from across the globe with a focus on...

How Randy Schilling Is Making Main Street St. Charles a Startup Destination

Cobblestone streets, antique shops, quaint river vistas and…startups? At first glance, Main Street in St. Charles may seem an unlikely place for a booming...
Export Challenge

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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International Affair

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

From Mentor to C-suite: How Dr. Renato Cataldo helped MedSocket Pivot

Dr. Renato Cataldo is Capital Innovators' longest-tenured mentor. Leveraging his 30 years of experience in the medical industry, Cataldo has spent more than 4,000 hours...

Summer in St. Louis: FocalCast Presents What They Learned

You spend hours putting together a presentation. You rehearse in front of captive friends and family. You rearrange slides. Your charge your laptop. Then...
Mary Jo Gorman

Interview: Mary Jo Gorman of PWE on Leading Change in STL Entrepreneurship

In September, the Prosper Women Entrepreneur (PWE) Startup Accelerator received an Innovation Award at the 2016 Mayor’s Business Celebration Luncheon in St. Louis. Honorees were...

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...
BioGenerator

Cultivation Capital’s Life Sciences Fund Finds Sweet Spot

Since its inception in 2013, Cultivation Capital’s Life Sciences Fund’s portfolio of 14 companies and one accelerator have raised $321M in total funding–with a...

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...

OPO Continues to Grow, Adds Space For 100 New Companies

The St. Charles-based co-working space OPO Startups has seen great success alongside tenant companies like 3mbassy, XLR8 and BoardPaq. So much so that it's expanding, with...

T-Rex’s Geospatial Resource and Innovation Center Will Elevate An Existing Cluster

While the billion dollar NGA 2 headquarters won’t be finished until 2024, T-Rex and handful of forward thinking geospatial startups and companies are preparing...

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...
Donna and Mark Sullivan of Per Diem Plus

Per Diem Plus Changes the Trip for Truckers

Converting from paper to electronic record keeping has challenged every industry. After completing the Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator, Per Diem Plus' smart phone application is poised to make the transition to electronic record keeping for truckers much easier.

Catching up with Capital Innovators’ Judy Sindecuse

Judy Sindecuse can be described in many different ways, but resolute may be the most apt description, and her resolve has paid off for...

Founder Series: What Drives Serial Entrepreneur Bob Lozano?

In 1991, Bob Lozano stood in a Southwestern Bell boardroom presenting ideas to a table full of high-level executives. Lozano and his team, part...

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...

A College Startup: SLU’s Student Experience in Entrepreneurship

How does Saint Louis University engage its students in entrepreneurship opportunities? Let us count the ways.

Veniti’s CFO Catherine Matthes on Clinical Trial Funding

The veins in your body play an integral role in circulation: carrying blood from the different parts of your body back to your heart. But as...

Capital Innovators’ Brian Dixon: The Best Is Yet To Come For Tech In STL

"In the coming years, tech positions will become the most sought-after positions in the city"

How St. Louis Can Bridge the Entrepreneurial Gender Gap

When Mary Jo Gorman and Jennifer Ehlen called up Peter Finley to gauge his interest in working with Prosper Women Entrepreneurs’ Prosper Startup Accelerator,...

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...

How Renowned Entrepreneurs and CEOs Are Working Together To Close The Entrepreneurial Gender Gap

Last year, the OPEN State of Women-Owned Business report showed an estimated 1,200 new businesses were started each day in America by women
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PromisePay Aims To Join STL On Rise To Becoming Fintech Hub

PromisePay, an electronic payment solutions firm out of Melbourne, recently became part of the St. Louis startup scene. With offices in Australia, San Francisco...
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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.

Putting Startups on the Fast Track: Capital Innovators

How Capital Innovators became a nationally- ranked accelerator program, and why the St. Louis region stands to benefit.

Toi Box Couture’s CEO on the Importance of Inspiring Work Spaces

Three years ago St. Louis native Toi Hall was working two jobs just to make ends meet. Now she is CEO and designer for...

Growth in the Gateway City: London-Based Ensygnia’s Time with SixThirty

“My first thought was St. Louis? Why St. Louis? When you’re coming from the UK you’re strangely ignorant to these things. You don’t know...

A “No” from Arch Grants Isn’t a “No” to Your Business

August saw the finalist pitch day of the Arch Grants Global Startup Competition, which constitutes the final round of selection where an external panel...

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...
Capital Innovators alumni

Five Founders Share Advice and Insights on the Capital Innovators Experience

Capital Innovators is undeniably out to produce strong companies. Since the accelerator program launched in 2010, it's helped 70 companies get to the next level–with those portfolio companies...

Where to Pitch: 1 Million Cups

It began over a cup of coffee at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri; how can our community further help our...

Get Excited for Arch Grants Gala 2015

Galas can be a tiresome sort of ritual. Complete with the silent auctions, rented suits and pretentious pomp. But Arch Grants, a St. Louis-based...

The Bourbon Friday Show with Dr. Patricia Hagen of T-REX

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show we had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Patricia Hagen, President and Executive Director of T-REX,...
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How Arch Grants–and St. Louis–Helped These Companies Grow

Arch Grants recently launched applications for its 2017 class of Arch Grants recipients. We reached out to five companies who have already been through the process to see what they had to say about being a part of Arch Grants and building their companies in St. Louis.

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...

Agrilyst Provides a Platform for Indoor Farmers to Understand Their Data

From our archived reporting at iSelects’ Davos on the Delta conference earlier this May, Allison Kopf, Founder and CEO of Agrilyst, spoke with EQ...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

Ameren Accelerator Provides a Multi-purpose Approach to Innovation and Education

August 31st marks the last week of the hands-on portion of Ameren Accelerator’s 2018 program. Since June, six “energy-focused” start-up companies have been participating...
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Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Continues to Grow the STL Economy by Supporting Women-Owned Business

Now entering its third year, Prosper Women Entrepreneurs has much to show for its efforts. Here's a look at PWE's impact since its founding.

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