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AgTech Pioneer Benson Hill Biosystems Launches New Subsidiary

St. Louis-based Benson Hill Biosystems, a crop improvement AgTech company unlocking the natural genetic potential of plants, today announced formation of Saturn Agrosciences, a...
Startup Showcase at Startup Connection

St. Louis Startup Connection Accepting Applications

Beginning today, St. Louis Startups can apply at www.startupconnection.org/venture-showcase.html to showcase their company and their products and compete for cash and in-kind prizes. The...

New Coders to Show Off Facebook Funded Projects at Demo Day on July 12

Earlier this year, St. Louis-based software developer bootcamp Claim Academy announced a partnership with Facebook Community Boost, which provided scholarship funds to students who...
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Local Startup Captures Anticipation and Nostalgia as the City Unveils the Renovated Gateway Arch...

The new park grounds, museum and Arch renovations represents decades of planning and years of design and construction and $380 Million in public and...

Stop Treating Your Failure Like it was the Ultimate Warrior

When I was a child, one of my heroes disappeared. Poof. Gone. No more. Like he never existed in the first place. It was 1992, and The...

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...

New Second Fund from SixThirty Makes Four New FinTech Investments

SixThirty, a global FinTech seed fund and business development program, has announced a second fund, SixThirty 2.0. The first set of investments from the...

GlobalSTL Formalizes Business Development Agreement with French AgTech Accelerator

A Memorandum of Understanding formalizes a new business relationship focused on AgTech and FoodTech between St. Louis and Dijon, France. The international partnership connects...

Two Startups Advance Seed Rounds During Stadia Ventures Sports Accelerator Program in St. Louis

Last week over 70 people from across the St. Louis investment, startup and sports landscapes joined the Stadia Ventures team in celebrating the accomplishments...
VentureBeat’s BLUEPRINT 2018 Conference

Blueprints for an Entrepreneurial Future in America’s Heartland

The big question of 2018 is: how can America’s heartland -- especially cities that have been overlooked in the recent obsession with Silicon Valley...

Consumer Trends Drive AgTech Industry Development Slowly But Surely

Ultimately, technology, international trade, and generational changes in consumer behavior could bring about a farming industry that aligns with the Millennial values of trust,...

Claim Academy Launches New Apprenticeship Program to Empower Veterans

Claim Academy, the software developer bootcamp in St. Louis that partnered with Facebook earlier this year, has announced the launch of their first apprenticeship...

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...

Guide to Startup Pitch Events in St. Louis

With all the formats for “pitching” your company around St. Louis, how is an entrepreneur supposed to know where to pitch, and more importantly,...

GlobalHack’s 2018 Hackathon To Focus On Improving The Foreign Born Experience

GlobalHack’s biannual flagship hackathon event returns in 2018 to the Chaifetz Arena on October 12-14. If you’re new to the concept, know this: GlobalHack's hackathons...

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...

Building a Fair Trade Clothing Brand in St. Louis: Meet Beautiful Mexicana

Fabiola Pasquel Chalini runs Beautiful Mexicana, a sustainable women's clothing brand 100% handmade by artisans in Mexico. Chalini moved to St. Louis from Mexico...

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...

Terrible Public Policy is Keeping the St. Louis Region from Achieving its American Dream

If you attend meetings with the region’s business and civic leaders, you’ll start to hear some consensus about what the metro area needs to...
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Venture For America Fellows Are Sticking Around and Crushing It In St. Louis (Just...

In the challenging and ever-expanding realm of the startup community, every advantage and connection can result in noteworthy payoff. One such advantage can be...

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...

Farmers Aren’t Just the Backbone of America. They’re People Too.

Everyone from advertisers to food security experts would do well to remember that farmers are people — just like the rest of us. They...

BioGenerator and Kingdom Capital Lead $2.4 Million Series A Round in Canopy BioSciences

Canopy Biosciences closed a $2.4 million investment to develop new research tools, commercialize its cutting-edge products, and hire additional employees. BioGenerator, the investment arm...

Agriculture Is A Bellwether Industry; AgTech A Bellwether Of Change In The Heartland

Davos on the Delta just hosted its second three-day conference last week (May 15-17) at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. The AgTech conference is...

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...

St Louis’ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Launches Investor Pitch Day

This month the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis launched its inaugural Mercado de Ideas (Market of Ideas) at CIC St. Louis....

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...
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Davos On The Delta Connects Farmers, Distributors, and Buyers, to Spur Innovation in AgTech

For the founders of iSelect Fund, Craig Herron and Carter Williams and their partners, holding a conference like Davos on the Delta around the...

BacterioScan Receives FDA Clearance for Rapid Infection Detection System

BacterioScan, Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a 510(k) Premarket Notification clearance for its 216Dx Urinary Tract Infection...

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...

$50 Million Investment in St Louis from Microsoft Follows Opening of New Building at...

The new 4220 Duncan building represents the next phase of development in St. Louis at the Cortex Innovation Community, which will see the opening...

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....

Video Streaming Startup Launches Product Aimed at Fast Growing Global Market Research Industry

FocalCast, a St. Louis-based technology startup incubated by Capital Innovators and 2016 Arch Grant Recipient, has announced the launch of their new product, Unity,...

What “Jedi Mind Tricks” Have Helped In Your Professional Career? #StarWarsDay

Today is May 4th, as in "May the 4th," as in "May The Force," aka #StarWarsDay. Hell yeah. It's like an internet thing. Probably the...

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...
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Chouteau Greenway Design Competition Announces Winner

The Chouteau Greenway Design Competition partners and jury have selected the team led by Stoss Landscape Urbanism to refine their conceptual plans for a...

This Friday: SLU Hosting Masterclass on Self Management and Shared Leadership

Doug Kirkpatrick from The Morning Star Company will be presenting at the The Age of Self-Management & Shared Leadership event, hosted by the Richard...

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...

Award-Winning Conference Brings Top Midwest Women Business Owners to St. Louis

The Midwest Women Business Owners’ Conference (MWBOC), a semi-annual event presented by business consulting and coaching organization, Black Dress Partners, and premier accounting firm...

Could St. Louis Become the Next Startup Nation?

When Atomation, my Internet of Things company, moved its headquarters from Tel Aviv to St. Louis last year, the choice likely puzzled some. Wouldn’t...

Fly to the Aid of a Local Startup On National Superhero Day

Today is National Superhero Day (April 28th). Which the internet seems to be divided in opinion as to what the day is about. One...

Art Hackers Launch Party Celebrates Opening of BreakerSpaces At Cortex

Fabricatorz Foundation announces O.N.G. (ONLY NEXT GENERATION), a one night music and visual media experience. The event opens at 8:30 PM on Friday, April...

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...
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Venture Cafe Fireside Chat: Meet The City CTO, St. Louis’ First Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Robert Gaskill-Clemons will be attending this Thursday’s (April 26th) event at Venture Cafe, located at 4240 Duncan Ave at 5:30 PM. Gaskill-Clemons joined...

Your Enemy Is Indecision: How To Reduce Sales Cycle Times & Increase Close Rates

When selling your product, your biggest competitor is always the decision to do nothing at all. Have you ever noticed how your organization is...

Brazen Global Expands Into Six U.S. Cities

Brazen Global, a membership organization for women entrepreneurs, is opening in six new markets: Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fort Worth and Philadelphia. Brazen is...

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...
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Nano Thermal Suit Inventors to Compete in High School Student Entrepreneur Competition

Four young entrepreneurs from St. Louis Metro area high schools will pitch their business ideas at the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Regional Youth...

Securus Medical Group Sold to Boston Scientific Corporation for $50 Million

Earlier this month, Clayton VC firm, RiverVest Venture Partners announced portfolio company Securus Medical Group, Inc., has been sold to Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:...

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...

STL Partnership Launches Crowd Funding Platform

Nvsted (pronounced “N-vested”), a St. Louis-centric crowdfunding marketplace, has received federal Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) approval and is now open to St. Louis-based...

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...

Ireland’s Dogpatch Labs Provides Global Model for Corporate-Startup Collaboration

Dogpatch Labs is a startup hub located in central Dublin in Ireland. In 2016, it was on the itinerary for a delegation of St....

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...

Venture Cafe St. Louis to Open Innovation Hall at Cortex

Scheduled to open mid-2018, Venture Café’s Innovation Hall will be the first civic innovation center in the Midwest geared toward entrepreneurs and innovators. Innovation...

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...

Clever Real Estate Closes $500K in Seed Funding from Leading Midwest VCs

Clever Real Estate, a tech startup that connects consumers with top real estate agents in their area who help sell their home for as...

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...
STL Fashion Incubator

After Making $5,000 in One Day, She Opened Her Own Boutique

Lia Glynias runs LAUNCH, a fashion boutique in The Hill neighborhood of St. Louis. Her career has taken her from her hometown of St....

Venture Cafe Global Launches Innovation City Podcast

Venture Cafe St Louis has announced the launch of a new podcast produced in collaboration with Venture Café Miami and SLAM! Agency, a creative...

Facebook Partners With Claim Academy in St. Louis

Facebook has announced a workforce development program called Facebook Bootcamp and partnered with Ola Ayeni, founder of the coding bootcamp company, Claim Academy. As...

New CRM Software Startup Promises to be Next Unicorn from St. Louis

The St. Louis startup community already has several CRM software companies helping to build the local tech scene. The most well-known is Less Annoying...
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New Digital Literacy Program Brings Coding to the Community

​LaunchCode, a national nonprofit focused on creating pathways to careers in technology, has announced the Discovery program, made possible by a partnership with Facebook’s...

SixThirty Adds More Partners to Spring 2018 Business Development Program

SixThirty has announced new partnership agreements with BNY Mellon's Pershing, Detalus, Enterprise Bank & Trust to join its roster of premier global financial services...
BioGenerator

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...

Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) Closes $58 Million Equity Investment from HB Reavis

Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) has announced that it has closed a $58 Million equity investment from European partner HB Reavis. CIC will use the...

World Wide Technology Announces Partnership with SixThirty

World Wide Technology (WWT), a market-leading technology solution provider, has announced a multi-year partnership with SixThirty, a venture fund and startup accelerator that invests...

Last Week Amazon Announced It’s Coming to St. Charles County. Here’s What It Means...

It isn’t often that two major e-commerce companies announce they will create nearly 2,000 combined jobs in one community. It’s even rarer when the...

Brian Lunt and Brett Kline on Collaborative Coworking for Media Makers

“I think we have, at a city level, gone after large organizations to come in and revive St Louis. You look at the Amazon...
VentureBeat’s BLUEPRINT 2018 Conference

7 Awesome Moments from VentureBeat’s #BLUEPRINT2018 Conference

Urban centers along American coastlines may have helped usher the new, digital economy into maturity, but they won’t be the only ones pushing the...

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....

3 Strategies for Midwest Entrepreneurs Looking for Startup Funding

Do you dream of launching your own startup? If so, finance probably comes high on your list of priorities. As a founder myself, I’ve...

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...
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What To Do in St. Louis This Weekend (March 9th)

It's basically spring! Well, close enough. We'll just pretend there wasn't a blizzard here the other day. On the plus side, there are a...

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...

Covo STL Plays Host to Drone Selfies at Oui Gallery Opening

Oui.Gallery, a new project from the brains behind St Louis' Art Hack Day, have announced their first exhibition which will held at Covo STL...

Homegrown Men’s Fashion Week Concept Follows In Footsteps Of Global Trends

Many consider fashion to be a female-focused industry. You can argue it either way -- but Dwight Carter and the team behind Gent won’t...
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Lean Media Closes $500K in Seed Funding from Missouri Investors

Lean Media, an audience-first programmatic media company serving the agriculture industry and businesses targeting rural audiences, has announced the successful closure of an oversubscribed...

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...
Dedric Carter, Washington University in St. Louis Associate Provost

45 Companies from 15 States to Present at InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum

45 high-growth companies from 15 states have been selected to pitch their cases to prospective funders at the 2018 InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum on...
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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...

5 Things Startup Entrepreneurs Can Learn from a Chef

The food scene in St. Louis has been buzzing locally—and nationally—for years. This was not the case back in 2005, when a young chef...
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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...
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SentiAR Awarded $2.2 Million Federal Grant to Advance Augmented Reality Device for Cardiologists

SentiAR will receive $2.2 million of non-dilutive milestone installments to advance its platform. Using the SentiAR technology, through the Microsoft head-up display, physicians can...

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...

St. Louis Fashion Fund Reveals Plans to Reach “Critical Mass” in Downtown Garment District

St. Louis-based real estate firm Tower Real Estate Group will collaborate with the St. Louis Fashion Fund, Downtown STL, and Saint Louis Development Corporation to...

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...

Drop By Drop: How Rapid Growth Killed My First Startup

Houston, we have a problem. Our small group of beta testers for Drizzle SMS had gone viral. In a matter of hours, we had 10,000...