Lewis & Clark Ventures On Investing $100M In Heartland Startups

Scott Bernstein is a Principal at Lewis & Clark Ventures, the first “$100,000,000+” tech venture fund in St. Louis. Before joining Lewis & Clark, Scott...

Vicia, A New Restaurant at Cortex, Named 10 Best in the Country by USA...

Vicia was voted number 2 in the 2017 rankings of 10 Best New Restaurants in the United States, in the USA TODAY 10 Best...
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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...

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...

Startup Resolutions: Here’s What You’re Chasing In 2018

What's Your Startup Resolution for the New Year and Why? We invited members of the St Louis Startup Ecosystem to respond to that question. Their...

Maxine Clark on Bridging the Delmar Divide with Social Entrepreneurship

Maxine Clark, the well known philanthropist and creator of Build-a-Bear Workshop, is leading a redevelopment project to transform an old hospital on Delmar into...

What Would You Do With A 900 Meg Upload Speed?

This year's Startup Connection was hosted at The Globe Building which is known for crazy fast internet speeds. The potential of a 900 meg...

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (December 22nd)

It's the weekend before Christmas, which means...not a lot is going on. If you really need to get out of the house and a...

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...

Dustin McKissen On Our Regional Advantages For Risk-Takers

"It's such a strong selling point for this region that the cost of living allows people to take a risk. The average age of...

Disruption Is Not Covo’s M.O. And That’s Really Exciting

San Francisco-based startup Covo recently acquired the historic Mississippi Valley Trust building in downtown St. Louis as part of their global expansion plans. The...

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...

Holiday Gift Guide: Giving The Gifts Of St. Louis Startups

Making the effort to shop local can be harder with limited time and busy schedules—to cut down on the excuses we’ve gathered a list...

Christina Hawatmeh On Founding Scopio And Storytelling Through User Generated Content

Remember life before memes? It feels like so long ago. Today, unoriginal content accounts for over 90% of what we share in our networks....

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (December 1st)

It's that awkward time of the year: you're sandwiched between fall and winter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. You just spent an entire week eating and...

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...
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What To Do In St. Louis This Thanksgiving Weekend (November 24th)

It's Thanksgiving week, which means lots of time with family, then as much time as possible away from your family. That's where we come...

Why the St. Louis Region Should be Proud of the Startup Scene (and it...

When I first became involved with the startup scene here in St. Louis, I heard one phrase get used a lot: St. Louis needed...

Meet the Next Generation of Job Creators Winning in St. Louis

St. Louis’ Innovation Community gave the region's top startups the chance to present their companies to a packed house of entrepreneurs, investors, and other...

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...
SafeTrek

Zach Winkler of SafeTrek on Dealing with Uncertain Decisions

What started as an idea for a college contest has become a promising platform for personal security and wellness. In my conversation with Zach...

Announcing PluggedIn Partnership On EQ

I’m pleased to welcome Colleen Jenkins as a new author on EQ. She’s the founder and CEO of Pluggedin, a job listings portal for...

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...

One of the St. Louis Region’s Most Successful Young Founders Launches New Startup

At the recent Arch Grants gala, a phrase was used throughout the evening to describe one of the most important goals of the St....

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...

5 Pet Care Industry Startups Win $10,000 Each to Push Into $60BN Pet Care...

Five startups targeting the $60bn pet industry have each won $10,000 and are now competing for the grand prize to win the 2018 Pet...

Startups Take Home $50,000 at St. Charles Demo Day, GrabMe Delivery Lands Top Prize

More than 220 attendees watched five startups compete to take home a combined $50,000 in cash prizes, along with additional in-kind services, at the...

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...

Elaine Queathem Joins ITEN as Lead EIR for Corporate Innovation Program

ITEN has announced that Elaine Queathem is joining the team as the lead Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) for the Corporate Innovation Program (CIP). Elaine has an MBA...

#STL2ARG: St. Louis World Trade Delegation Visit Argentina

More than 30 community and business leaders from the St. Louis region are set for a trade & investment mission to Argentina. The World...

San Francisco Coworking Startup’s HQ2 Will Be In St. Louis

Rebecca Brian-Pan, coworking pioneer and founder of the coworking startup, Covo, is poised for global expansion. She’s chosen St. Louis, Missouri, as the next...

The Division Between the Communities of the Metro Area is Holding us Back, but...

I learned how divided this region is during my first week living here—but I’ll go into that a bit later. For a little background, my...

That’s Not Your Boss Looking Over Your Shoulder: This Coworking Space Is Haunted

Startups think about disruption all the time, but late night sprints at T-Rex - a coworking space in St Louis, Missouri - have seen...

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...

Startup Connection Releases List of St Louis Startups Selected for Venture Showcase

The region’s largest celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship, Startup Connection '17, has selected over sixty startups based in St. Louis to participate in this year’s...

Matt Homann From Filament On Making Unreasonable Requests

Most meetings we're accustomed to - I think most of us would agree - are ordinary, at best. By contrast, Filament, a radically different...

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (October 20th)

The city is counting down to Halloween and Evil Dead: The Musical is running all weekend. Friday (October 20th) Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered...
Sarah Schlafly and Christian Johnson, co-founders of Multipass, a coworking marketplace for day-passes to cool workplaces across the country.

For The Love Of Coworking, New Founders Want to Share Values Across the Midwest

This summer, two strangers met in a coworking space. Hung out. Played ping pong. And then — inspired by their own experience of finding...

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (October 13th)

Relish these final days of being able to go outside without a heavy coat on. Soon they’ll be gone, and we’ll all be sad. Thursday...

Five Finalists Announced for St. Charles County Demo Day

OPO Startups and the St. Charles County EDC Business and Community Partners have announced the five finalists for the upcoming St. Charles County Demo...

New Hackathon Challenges STL to Develop Pet-Friendly Startup Ecosystem

Purina is hosting their first-ever Better with Pets Hackathon event challenging college students and working professionals to explore and build new pet-friendly technology to...

Danforth Center Awarded $16MM to Enhance Sorghum for Bioenergy

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, one of the world’s largest independent plant science institutes, has been awarded a $16 million grant from the...

Daniel Fogarty From LaunchCode On Giving People Access to Tech Jobs

LaunchCode is one of the founding companies of the STL tech ecosystem. There are 50,000 tech graduates every year. Yet, it is predicted that there...

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (October 6th)

You know fall has arrived when the weekend plans involved the Botanical Gardens’ Best of Missouri Market, a Blues game, and Oktoberfest. Dig out...

Ben Burke on Commitment and Creativity at Arch Grants

Arch Grants could be considered the linchpin of the St Louis startup community. Without it, the innovation community itself, and the publication for which...
Olio City Team

Announcing Olio City Partnership on EQ

I'm really pleased to welcome Ellen Prinzi as a new author on EQ. She is CEO of Olio City, a personalized 'intelligent-agent' style concierge...
4 Hands is located in St. Louis' Lasalle Park neighborhood. With a focus on providing a well-rounded portfolio, they offer four year-round beers along with a slew of seasonal beers. Photo by Wesley Law.

What to Do In St. Louis This Weekend 9/26

We see you - busy entrepreneur - making stuff happen! The end of summer can be depressing in St. Louis—no more hanging out by...

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...
BioGenerator

BioGenerator Wins $300K Federal Grant to Build Bioscience Companies In St. Louis

BioGenerator, the investment arm of BioSTL, has won a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to capitalize on its retooled investment strategy....

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...

New Private Equity Firm Sets Sights On Companies Making Economic Impact In St Louis

Lewis & Clark Holdings (recently rebranded from FTL Capital), the investment office of the Hillman family, has announced the launch of Lewis & Clark...

Brian Dixon On Human Capital And The Most Powerful Technology In The World: The...

How do you go from unpaid intern to COO at a nationally-ranked accelerator? If you ask Brian Dixon, who did just that at Capital...
Dan Lauer

Dan Lauer On Disrupting Higher Education to Foster Innovation

Dan developed a simple idea for a children’s doll into one of the best selling toys of the 1990s. His secret to success? Process....

Why Values Matter To Founders and Entrepreneurs

Most startup founders are mission-driven: their entrepreneurial sense helps them identify a critical need no one’s thought to address, or a potential solution to...

Accelerator Program Alumni Becomes Resident Adviser to Future STL Startups

The St. Louis-based venture firm, Capital Innovators, is adding an entrepreneur-in-residence position (EIR) to their nationally recognized startup accelerator program. Devin Turner, CEO of...
AgIdea

Biotech Crop Startup Plastomics Raises Investment For Early Seed Round

Plastomics, a biotechnology startup making crops hardier through chloroplast engineering, is pleased to announce the closing of an early Seed Round. Their technology will...

Startups Compete for $50,000 in Prize Money at St. Charles County Demo Day

Two years ago, CareerHacker, my idea for a startup that helped students build professional online presences, was the first company to pitch at the...
Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith On Role of Regional Chamber to Bridge the “Valley of Death”

A Regional Chamber Board member describes Andrew in one word: Savant. Andrew Smith recently joined the Regional Chamber as head of Entrepreneurship and Innovation....

Announcing STL Community Cast Partnership On EQ

I'm pleased to welcome Andrew Davis as a new author on EQ. He's the producer of STL Community Cast, a regular podcast that features...

Jonathan Allen, Digital Storyteller on STL Community Cast

“We’re used to companies being a single voice. But to succeed in digital, you have to become a social company now. You need everyone...

Enterprise Bank & Trust Opens Fall 2017 Enrollment For Free Business Courses

Enterprise Bank & Trust has opened enrollment for the fall semester of Enterprise University. For over 15 years, Enterprise Bank & Trust has offered...

SafeTrek Closes $3.2 Million Seed Round To Develop Personal Safety App Into A Platform

SafeTrek, a personal safety technology company, has closed $3.2 million in new funding from four venture capital firms. Since moving their product development team...

$5 Million Committed to Fill Valley Of Death Seed Round Funding Void

St Louis Regional Chamber has created The Spirit of St. Louis Fund I to address strategic capital investment issues that could help successfully growing...

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...

Join 500 Startups Partner On Whirlwind Tour of St. Louis and St. Charles

Paul Singh, one of the original three partners of 500 Startups, is on a nationwide tour and will be visiting St Louis and St...

Why Culture Should Eclipse Technology In St Louis

On Saturday (19th August) from 7pm, international art and tech event series, Art Hack Day, will display an art installation at Cortex that represents...

AgTech Accelerator Adds Three New Managing Directors

Agtech VC fund and startup accelerator, The Yield Lab, has announced the addition of Sherri Brown, Ph.D., Tomás Peña, and Pat Pinkston. They will join the...

5 Reasons To Build Your Startup in St. Louis

My company, Longneck & Thunderfoot (L&T), won an Arch Grant in summer 2016 and I moved to St Louis from New York that July....
Cover Artwork for Pear Blossom from Fablist

Kickstarter Campaign to Re-Think Children’s Stories (And Kids’ Screentime)

Hugmonster Sound founder, Adam Frick, is launching a Kickstarter campaign to produce a podcast for children’s stories, called Fablist. Essentially produced as audio books,...

100 Makers to Showcase Creations to Celebrate First Year of TechShop

TechShop is celebrating their first anniversary since opening a maker space in St Louis. One hundred local 'makers' will showcase their creations from the...

How Confluence Acquisition Will Work For Aclaris In St. Louis

Yesterday, BioGenerator's first co-working lab tenant, Confluence Life Sciences, got acquired by Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc at a valuation of $100MM. On the acquisition, Confluence's...

St Louis Bioscience Startup Acquired at $100 Million Valuation

Confluence, a locally-grown company that was elevated, accelerated and incubated by BioGenerator, the investment arm of BioSTL, has been acquired by east coast biopharmaceutical...

ITEN Appoints New Executive Director, Mary Louise Helbig

The ITEN Board of Directors has appointed Mary Louise Helbig the new Executive Director of the not for profit organization, effective immediately. Mary Louise Helbig...
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...

Arch Grants’ New Executive Director on Why Startups Should Choose St. Louis

Arch Grants recently announced Emily Lohse-Busch as its new Executive Director. EQ had the opportunity to have a candid chat with her about what brought her back to St. Louis, her vision for Arch Grants and her thoughts on the growth of entrepreneurship in St. Louis.
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.

Reonomy Launches CRE Tech Platform in St. Louis

Commercial real estate (CRE) data startup Reonomy has already taken off in New York, and now they’re launching their powerful, deal-driving platform in St. Louis. In...
Startup Connection

Startup Connection 2017 Expands To Bigger Venue With Express Scripts Leading Sponsors

The St. Louis region’s largest annual event celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship, Startup Connection, now in its ninth year has announced a new venue and a new lead sponsor. The event will take place on November 15, 2017 at The Globe Building at 710 N. Tucker.
Export

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.
Arch Grants Emily Lohse-Busch

Arch Grants Hires Emily Lohse-Busch as its New Executive Director

Arch Grants, the St. Louis nonprofit organization that operates the nationally recognized Global Startup Competition, announced today that it has hired Emily Lohse-Busch as its new Executive Director. 
AgIdea

Argentina-Based AgIdea Is Bringing Cutting-Edge Ag-Tech Innovation to America

AgIdea has been in the business of innovation for a while now — it's been 11 years, to be exact, since it was founded in Pergamino, Argentina. But the AgTech company, which aims to add value at the intersection of science and agribusiness, is new to St. Louis, where it's already making an impact.
Distributed_Trade

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.

39 North Innovation District Promises Continued Investment in St. Louis’ AgTech Sector

39 North is a 10-year effort to transform a 600-acre area in Creve Coeur into a new agriculture technology innovation district. Here's how the development came to be and an update on the project.

Expert Roundtable: St. Louis Business & Political Leaders Sound Off on Socioeconomic Inequality

4 honorees and a host of tonight’s NAACP Freedom Fund Leadership Dinner give their takes on the state of race relations and economic inequality...
Jonathan Allen Cooper Pickett

Big News: EQ Has Been Acquired by Longneck & Thunderfoot

Today, I’m thrilled to announce that EQ has been acquired by Longneck & Thunderfoot, LLC. I want to take a moment to personally introduce them and share more about how this exciting moment came to be.
Jonathan Allen Cooper Pickett

Meet EQ’s New Publishers

Today we're excited to introduce EQ's new publishing team: Jonathan Allen and Cooper Pickett, the co-founders of Longneck & Thunderfoot, LLC.
Scott Bernstein Lewis and Clark

Lewis & Clark Ventures’ Scott Bernstein Selected for Kauffman Fellows Program

The Kauffman Fellows Program announced its new class of 51 investors this week. Included in the group is Scott Bernstein, Principal at Lewis & Clark Ventures.
SixThirty Cyber

SixThirty CYBER Announces 2017 Portfolio

SixThirty CYBER, the St. Louis-based business development program that invests in cybersecurity companies, announced its 2017 cohort. Here are the details.
Rozzy co-founders

Capital Innovators Partners With EdTech Firm Rozzy Learning Company

Capital Innovators announced yesterday it has formed a partnership with Rozzy Learning Company, an EdTech company that teaches children 21st-century skills from an early age through experiential learning.
Downtown St. Louis

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.
Greetabl founders Zoë Scharf and Joe Fischer

Greetabl Raises $1.5M Funding Round to Expand Platform and Break into New Markets

Greetabl, the St. Louis-based e-commerce gifts and greetings startup, announced today it has oversubscribed its $1.5M Series Seed II fundraising to launch new platform features, hire key employees, and expand its marketing, including breaking into new markets.
Missouri Venture Forum

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.
STL Partnership Annual Meeting

The Whether powered by Better Weekdays Receives $200,000 from Helix Fund

The Whether, a platform powered by St. Louis startup Better Weekdays that helps employers more easily attract, engage and hire job seekers, will receive a $200,000 investment from the Helix Fund, it was announced today at the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership's Annual Meeting.
MVF 2016 Conference

Missouri Venture Forum Brings Together 36 Speakers for Its Free Investor and Entrepreneurship Conference...

In one of the largest local efforts to link the St. Louis startup community with leading experts, Missouri Venture Forum has landed more than 35 speakers for its second annual "Roadmap to Entrepreneurship" conference.
Ikea bootcamp

IKEA Launches Its First Program for Startups: a 3-Month IKEA Bootcamp in Sweden

IKEA has announced it is inviting entrepreneurs all over the world to participate in IKEA Bootcamp, its new startup program developed in collaboration with Rainmaking, a global cooperative of entrepreneurs with experience building innovation programs and bringing startups and corporates together.
T-REX Impact Report

T-REX Startup Incubator Releases First Impact Report, Announces Boundless as New Tenant

T-REX, the Downtown St. Louis innovation center dedicated to helping technology startups thrive, today delivered its first report highlighting the organization’s economic impact on the St. Louis community since its founding in 2011. Presented in an interactive digital format, the report details the success T-REX has had. Here are some highlights.
Envision

IT Staffing Company Envision Plans to Add More than 100 jobs at St. Louis...

Today, the Missouri Department of Economic Development announced that Envision, an IT staffing and computer programming company, plans to create 132 new jobs in St. Louis.
Accenture NXT@4240

Venture Cafe and Accenture Host NXT@4240 Event

On Thursday, May 25, Venture Café is partnering with Accenture to explore ways to drive positive change in the community through new technology and design at the latest installment of NXT@4240. Here's what to expect.
Ameren Accelerator

Ameren Accelerator Received Over 200 Applicants from 30 Countries

When Ameren Corporation, UMSL Accelerate from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Capital Innovators came together to announce the new Ameren Accelerator program in March, it was the first of its kind in the U.S. and the St. Louis region’s first accelerator to focus on energy technologies. This week, it announced some newsworthy application statistics.