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Ikea bootcamp

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, 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

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

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

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.
CoderGirl applications

CoderGirl, the LaunchCode education program designed to engage and educate women in the technology community in St. Louis, originally existed as a regular meet-up before evolving into its current form as a year-long tech training program. Applications for CoderGirl's Summer 2017 Cohort are open now and close June 5. Here are all the details.
Israel AgTech Innovation Delegation

On March 6, 12 AgTech companies from Israel landed in St. Louis for a day-long dive into all things startup, hosted by GlobalSTL in partnership with the Government of Israel Economic Mission and BIRD Foundation. Here's the who-what-when-where...and what's next.
NewSpace Business Plan Competition

The Center for Space Commerce and Finance (CSCF) has announced finalists for the 2017 St. Louis Regional NewSpace Business Plan Competition. Here are the five finalists who will be competing for a cash prize this Friday.
CEO2CEO

The first 2017 CEO2CEO event took place on April 10 at T-REX, bringing together Blake Marggraff of Epharmix and ­­­­Anthony Tersigni of Ascension for a conversation centered around healthcare. Read the Q&A.
OPO

From BBQ birthday parties to a Demo Day on The Pageant stage, here are seven events to keep you busy this week.
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Aspiring computer developers interested in entering the technology field can now receive credits toward a software development associate degree thanks to a partnership between St. Louis Community College and LaunchCode.

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...
Normandy High School NFTE

Two Normandy High School freshmen take second place in NFTE youth entrepreneurship competition hosted at Saint Louis University on May 3. They will take their creation–a double-sided backpack–to finals in New York City in October.

Cortex has announced a slew of outdoor events happening this summer in Cortex Commons. From food truck lunches to pop-up markets and live concerts, the outdoor space will play host to several events a week. Mark your calendar with these.

Opera Theatre St. Louis has been focused for most of its history on being an innovator when it comes to the work it puts on stage. Now it's focused on engaging the innovation community with special events.

“Each of our incubators has its own personality,” says Ginger Imster, VP of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, the organization that manages the five STL VentureWorks innovation centers. Here is a rundown of each center's features and amenities–and who's there.
Ginger Imster

Imster has been tasked with promoting our region to startups in the US and around the world. We sat down with her to catch up on the Partnership's upcoming initiatives around innovation and entrepreneurship.
Midwest Cyber Center

The Midwest Cyber Center (MC²) announced a partnership with St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) to introduce the first Cybersecurity Analyst Registered Apprenticeship program to the St. Louis region.
CIC-CET

The Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) announced it will open a new 41,000-square-foot space in the Cortex Innovation Community.
NewSpace Business Plan Competition

The second regional NewSpace Business Plan Competition will be held in conjunction with the 2017 International Space Development Conference (ISDC) on May 26 in St. Louis. Apply by May 12 to participate.

Sling Health will host its fifth annual Demo Day on Friday, April 28 at the Cortex Innovation Community. Here are the details.
EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award

EY announced its finalists for the 2017 Entrepreneur Of The Year awards for the Central Midwest. Meet the eight big winners from St. Louis.

Financial services firm Edward Jones today announced a multi-year partnership with SixThirty, which invests in financial technology (FinTech) startups.

One of the biggest annual events for St. Louis' startup community, Capital Innovators’ Demo Day is less than 30 days away. Here are all the details for the May 16 event–and how to maximize your experience during the half-day event.

The St. Louis Regional Chamber announced that it has forged an important trade, educational and business partnership between St. Louis and the State of Telangana, India’s leading state for technology, biosciences, entrepreneurship and aviation.
Carvana

Carvana, an eCommerce platform for buying used cars, announced its expansion into St. Louis with plans to hire up to 10 staff.
Burroughs Robotics Team Photo

The John Burroughs School 4211 robotics team advances as the only St. Louis team to qualify for the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championships.
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Perficient, the leading digital transformation consulting firm serving Global 2000 and other large enterprise customers throughout North America, today announced that Brian L. Matthews has been appointed as an independent member of the company's Board of Directors, effective April 7.

Epharmix, a digital healthcare startup that builds communication tools for help healthcare teams, has announced a partnership with mental healthcare organization Provident.
CEO2CEO 2017

#CEO2CEO, the event series hosted by Accelerate St. Louis that pairs CEOs of startups and large enterprises for one-on-one conversations, returns on April 10.
Andrew Smith

The St. Louis Regional Chamber today announced its new Vice President, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Andrew Smith. Smith will lead Chamber initiatives that increase regional capacity to support entrepreneurs with the capital, infrastructure and networked relationships.
Ameren Accelerator

Ameren Corporation announced today the launch of Ameren Accelerator, an innovative public-private partnership with the University of Missouri System, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators.

Savvy Coders, the startup that teaches front end software development skills to anyone with the desire to learn, is rolling out a program targeting 10-13 year-olds next month, Savvy Kids.
Huga 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.
Prosper Women Entrepreneurs

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs will host its next Demo Day on Wednesday, March 29 at Washington University in St. Louis. Here are all the details.
Vicia Restaurant

Vicia, the buzzy St. Louis restaurant project of husband-and-wife team Michael and Tara Gallina, opens today in the Cortex Innovation District at 4260 Forest Park Avenue, also home to TechShop.
Ilerasoft

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.

Meet Butterscotch Shenanigans, an independent game studio founded by three brothers in St. Louis.
Dollar sign fundraising

Bill Schmidt, Managing Partner of Cultivation Capital's Life Science Fund, shares tips for BioTech companies focused on fundraising.

The Cortex Innovation Community announced that Microsoft Corp. will open a new regional headquarters and a Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in a state-of-the-art facility inside...

Prosper Institute, an organization that helps growth-seeking women entrepreneurs advance their businesses, announced it has rebranded to Brazen and will roll out a new membership platform in May.
GlobalHack

Registration for GlobalHack’s first ever youth summer camp is now open. Learn more about this deep dive into coding for kids ages 10-18.
Mayoral Town Hall

Last Thursday, February 23, eight mayoral candidates convened at Cortex during Venture Cafe for a St. Louis Mayoral Town Hall focused on technology and innovation. Here were the main takeaways.
Cortex 3.0

An update on Cortex's latest phase of development–and what's to come after that.
SafeTrek

SafeTrek Makes CNBC Top Startups List SafeTrek, the personal safety app, was ranked #3 in CNBC’s inaugural Upstart 25 list of “most promising young startups”...
Dennis Lower Cortex Headshot

The moment in the story where everything changes: Cortex becomes a mixed-use district for innovators of all stripes.
The groundbreaking of Cortex 1

Chapter two in a series on Cortex’s development from a fledgling nonprofit to nationally known innovation district.
Cortex Innovation Community

The Cortex Innovation Community is a center of gravity for St. Louis’ startup ecosystem. In this feature series, we explore its past, present and future with an eye to impact.
Financials Stock

Five lessons startups and entrepreneurs can glean from a veteran startup consultant.
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The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership announced today that Ginger Imster will join the organization as Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Imster will be moving to the post from her position as Executive Director of Arch Grants.

Affigen, a biotechnology company based in the Cortex Innovation Community that develops therapeutics targeting cell lineage-specific tumor proteins, today announced the closing of a $17...
Automation team GlobalSTL

The initiative can now boast five international startup companies that have chosen St. Louis for their US base. Here's a look at some of their success stories.
Instacart

The fast-growing retail delivery service announced it has expanded into St. Louis, its first city in Missouri, and will add 150 jobs.
Cap Innovators Spring 2017 Class

Capital Innovators Spring class includes companies serving industries in Fitness Technology, Sports Technology, EdTech, Crowdfunding, and Consumer Packaged Goods. See who joined the program.
Jamie Corley The Bridge

It seems as if different worlds intersect now more than they ever have before, and within those overlaps is where exciting gains, policies and...
Focal Cast founders

The St. Louis-based startup helps power leading enterprise video platform with recording and streaming of collaboration sessions.
Founders_Assembly Promise Pay

Assembly Payments, formerly known as PromisePay, announced yesterday it will power payments for Gumtree Connect, the eBay-owned local classifieds site.
Downtown St. Louis

St. Louis has begun to make a name for itself in the world of high-tech and IT entrepreneurs. Here's the latest on the role Downtown St. Louis plays in propelling our city's innovation community forward.
Karen Frame, CEO and Co-founder of Makeena

Makeena, a technology platform that connects natural products brands to shoppers across all retailers and social media, announced last week that it has purchased CommonKindness.com.

PowerPost's mission is to turn modern marketers into publishing powerhouses. They're doing something right.
Purina Petcare Innovation Prize

Obe, founder of a new smart pet bowl, was announced today as the grand prize winner of the first Pet Care Innovation Prize powered by Purina.
OR 360 at Cedars Sinai

Across St. Louis and the country, leading healthcare institutions are using innovative design strategies to help students learn by doing and minimize the gap between what they learn in school and what they practice in the real world. Here's a peek at a few.

Meet the four companies accepted into the third cohort of the AgTech accelerator.
Tim Hayden and Art Chou of Stadia Ventures

Stadia Ventures, the two-year-old sports-focused business development firm and accelerator that helps early stage sports startups connect with investors, announced it is moving its headquarters into the CIC@4240 building in the Cortex Innovation District next month.
STL Tech Map

A new crowdsourced mapping system has arrived in St. Louis’ startup scene: STLTechMap.com.
Investments St Louis

Brian Matthews of Cultivation Capital looks at how much venture funding was raised by startups in the top 15 Midwestern regions.
Hatchbuck

The sales and marketing software company announced yesterday the completion of a $4 million Series A round of financing.
AgIdea

AgIdea, a contract research and development (R&D) company based in Pergamino, Argentina, is expanding in Missouri after selecting the state as the home of its North American headquarters.
Midwest Digital Marketing Conference

Calling all digital marketing startups: pitch your ideas in front of potential users and customers and be eligible to win a cash prize of $2,500, sponsored by Purina.
St Louis skyline

2016 was another very good year for St. Louis startups receiving venture capital. Brian Matthews of Cultivation Capital walks us through the numbers.
Venture Cafe_horiz

For over two years, Venture Cafe has been a mainstay of St. Louis' innovation community. Its centerpiece, the Thursday Weekly Gathering, is an event that...
Arcus Awards

The Regional Chamber will host its fourth annual Arcus Awards next month. Here's who made the list of finalists.
Tyler Matthews

Today, Venture Café St. Louis named entrepreneur and marketing veteran Tyler Mathews as its next executive director effective January 17.
SLU COOK MBA Classroom-15

While St. Louis has been becoming more known around the country as an emerging hub for tech startups, Saint Louis University is a place where a focus on entrepreneurship isn’t a new trend.
Ven cafe

Here are five events to ease you into a busy 2017.

BlueStrata EHR, a company that provides electronic health record systems, announced on Friday that it is expanding in Creve Coeur and adding 52 new, high-paying jobs.
SQ1 program

CET announced it is now accepting applications for its 2017 Square One Ignite program.
AirZaar

It's no secret that drones are set to play a big part in our future, and St. Louis-based AirZaar is on the forefront of the new technology.
lifepack

Most people see paper products as being inherently wasteful: Eat off them once, after all, and then it's into the trash. Lifepack aims to change that with an innovative approach to biodegradable paper products and an eye toward sustainability.

October 22 was  a big tadoo. TechShop held its grand opening and hosted a weekend of making. After TechShop opened its doors, makers with...
Olio City Team

How a trip to London that never happened led Ellen Prinzi straight to a problem worth solving.
Homes for Hackers

EQ invited our Kansas City peers at Startland News to write a feature story about one of the city's startup hubs, Kansas City Startup Village, on the heels of its fourth anniversary.
39 North Plant Science District

St. Louis County will have a new AgTech innovation district to build on the area’s leadership position in the field and to attract startups and AgTech companies from around the world. And it has a new name.
Start Right Foods

Breakfast, for most of us, is normally a bit of a scramble—if we get to it at all: a bowl of our kid's cereal, reheated leftovers, a scrambled egg or two if you have a precious five extra minutes. But Start Right's founders want to change that. Here's how.
Brown Smith Wallace St Louis

Tax planning in 2016 is as important as ever, especially for startup and small businesses. With tax law changes in December 2015, tax reform on the agenda, and a new US President in 2017, it is important to review your tax situation before the end of 2016. Todd Reich of Brown Smith Wallace shares a few things startups should pay attention to right now.
Lassonde Studios

Every day, companies in St. Louis and around the world are focused on increasing innovation in their organizations. CannonDesign walks us through several organizations that have been designing their workplaces to make it happen.
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Amidst the endless stream of holiday parties and squeezing an extra day (or three) into your holiday-filled month, let yourself be inspired at this week’s mix of talks, meetups and happy hours.
St Louis skyline

Twelve St. Louis area nonprofit and governmental organizations are initial members of a collective that will receive $420,000 over two years from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to help female and historically underrepresented entrepreneurs of color in high-growth sectors.
Karen Gheesling Mullis

Life sciences venture capital firm RiverVest Venture Partners today announced the closing of Archer Seed Fund, LP, at $15 million. Here's more about the firm's investment strategy.
Hexanika

Want to overhaul a traditional industry? Take a problem, stir in technology and voila: Uber and Lyft upend standard transit options, AirBNB takes on...

Timothy Stern, a General Partner at Cultivation Capital, knows what it takes to build a company. He also believes that innovation and a focus on technology...
Sparo Labs

Sparo Labs, a digital health startup based in Downtown St. Louis, officially launched sales this morning of its flagship product, Wing®. Wing is the...
Hungry Turkey Run

We work hard building businesses and community every day, and have much to step back from and celebrate this week as we enter the season...

Phyllis Ellison, Director of Entrepreneur Services and Institutional & Corporate Partnerships at Cortex Innovation Community and five-time Managing Director of Startup Connection, was pleased...
Mastercard Venture Cafe

Mastercard sponsored NXT@4240 at Venture Cafe this week with the theme, "Women in Tech/Women in Business." Venture Cafe launched NXT@4240 this past spring as...
Travis Sheridan Venture Cafe

A fixture in St. Louis’ innovation scene, Travis Sheridan is known as a community builder. Whether it’s through his work at Venture Café, where...

A total of $120,000 in cash was awarded at tonight's Startup Connection, the largest annual event for the startup community that draws over 1,200 people. The...
Brown Smith Wallace valuation

How do you get potential investors to notice you in a crowded pool of startup investment opportunities? Developing a reliable valuation may be a...
Startup Connection 2015.

At an event this evening at Saint Louis University John Cook School of Business, $60,000 in cash was awarded as part of the inaugural...
Donald Danforth

It's Global Entrepreneurship Week this week, November 14-18, so start your week by planning to hit some of the big events listed in this guide....

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