Karen Frame, CEO and Co-founder of Makeena

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Company Makeena Acquires CommonKindness.com

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.
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STL Startup News: Weekly Download – Feb. 12

Here’s a recap of STL startup news this week. Have news to share? Email us at editors@eqstl.com. “We Want To Hire More St. Louis Startups.” Sam...

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...

Soulard School Brings Startup Weekend: Education to St. Louis

The Soulard School had debated how best to join a team of educators, designers and web developers in order to improve learning experiences for kids in the St. Louis area.
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Entrepreneurs And Community Builders Converge At The St. Louis Young Professionals Summit

In line with its mission of igniting young leaders for a stronger charitable community, Launch St. Louis is bringing like-minded entrepreneurs, activists and community builders for the...

Rise of the Rest at TechCrunch Disrupt: Heartland Tech Companies Represent A Great Investment...

At last week’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Steve Case, former co-founder of AOL and current partner at VC Firm, Revolution, took to...
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From Simulation to Holographics: How St. Louis Can Educate the Next Generation of Healthcare...

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.
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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...

St. Louis Has An Incubator For Performing Arts: The .Zack

The Kranzberg Arts Foundation operates a handful of venues, galleries, and office space for nonprofits, including the Kranzberg Arts Center, The Marcelle, the Grandel...

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...

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...

Disrupting Foot Pain with Teen Entrepreneur Ehan Kamat

Ehan Kamat is a 15 year-old inventor and entrepreneur who has developed, patented and is currently selling a medical device called the Solemender for...
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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...
T-REX's fifth floor community space.

This Is Why You Should Pay Attention to T-REX’s New Capital Campaign

T-REX, the Downtown technology incubator and co-working space, has attracted innovative companies and events for the past two years. Now, the T-REX team is...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

How A News Producer Found Her Place in the St. Louis Startup Ecosystem

In today's culture it's not uncommon for a person to have more than one career. Gone are the days of our parents and grandparents...
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St. Louis Celebrates Immigrants During National Welcoming Week

The St. Louis Mosaic Project joins Welcoming America to celebrate National Welcoming Week Sept. 12-20 by highlighting twenty events to recognize immigrant contributions to...

Chamillionaire and Mark Suster Visit STL and Talk Tech Startups, Investing & Snapchat

There are a few ways you can announce a launch, but when Grammy-winning rapper Chamillionaire shared that he'd founded his own tech startup via Mark Suster's...
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Stadia Ventures Announces Fall 2016 Cohort in Sports Business Accelerator

After receiving over 200 applications from around the world, Stadia Ventures announces its Fall 2016 cohort for the Stadia Sports Business Accelerator today. Stadia Accelerator helps sports...

University of Missouri System Launches Accelerator Program to Foster and Fund Student Business Ideas

Student entrepreneurs in the University of Missouri System could earn up to $30,000 in prize money thanks to a new systemwide initiative known as...

News: SixThirty Announces its Fall 2015 Accelerator Cohort

SixThirty, the St. Louis-based business development accelerator and venture fund has chosen the six companies for its Fall 2015 cohort. Each of the companies...

LockerDome Announces STL Expansion, Adds 300 Jobs

Governor Jay Nixon will join LockerDome CEO and Co-founder Gabe Lozano today at the company’s Downtown headquarters to announce a 2016 multi-million dollar expansion...

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...
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.
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From Israel to Ireland: Checking in With 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.

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...

STL Startup Candy Lab Receives $300K from Texas Investor

Highlighted in ALIVE's Innovation Issue, STL augmented reality startup Candy Lab received a cash infusion or two to start the year off right.
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Video: Jim McKelvey’s 2-Minute Advice On Fundraising for Startups

Our friends over at Accelerate St. Louis recently ran into Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square, at Third Degree Glass Factory. When the conversation turned...
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Applications Open for CET’s Square One Ignite Program 2017

CET announced it is now accepting applications for its 2017 Square One Ignite program.
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Capital Ideas: Matt Badler of Twain Financial Partners

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...

Evelyn White on Knowing When to Pivot

Evelyn White had been founder and CEO at Bookalokal, a company that created in-home dining experiences around the world since 2013. But at the...

Learn How Blockchain Technology Could Save Billions on Global Trade

It costs money to move commercial goods around the planet—a lot of money. Blockchain technology holds the power to save, prevent fraud, cut the...

Innovator to Know: Diana Zeng

Diana Zeng chose to move to St. Louis— she just didn’t intend to be here longer than four years. A Boston-bred WashU student pursuing...

Arch Grants Keeps Its Entrepreneurs in the Ecosystem

Jonathan Leek never thought of himself as an entrepreneur. More often, he saw himself as a geek. When he was in college at the...

John Talley Takes on Cancer with Euclises Pharmaceuticals

In the medical research and discovery industry, no foe is more varied or formidable than cancer. The fight against one of mankind’s deadliest diseases...
SixThirty

Why These Two Startups Applied to SixThirty—And Why They’re Glad They Did

Why should startups apply to accelerator programs? Access to funding is an easy answer, but it’s not always the most important reason.  SixThirty is a...

Galera Therapeutics Raises $150 Million to Advance “Breakthrough Therapy” for Debilitating Cancer Side Effect

Galera Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage drug discovery company, whose research and development is based in St. Louis, has announced that it has secured $150...

9 Startup Events You Can’t Miss This Week

We’ve gathered some of the best events from all over the city to mark on your calendars. If you have events you’d like to see...
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Startup Connection, St. Louis’ Largest Startup Event, Introduces Student Competition

Startup Connection, the St. Louis region’s annual event focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, happens Wednesday, November 16, during Global Entrepreneurship Week. The annual event draws between...

Where to Live: 4101 Laclede in the Central West End, blocks from Cortex

The Central West End–long a residential destination for urban-minded professionals, students and empty nesters, has evolved rapidly over the last couple of years into an even...

St. Louis Startup News: Olin Cup finalist SynerZ Medical, Inc raises over $1M, LaunchCode...

A compendium of St. Louis Startup news, celebrating America's most innovative entrepreneurs.

InternSTL Launches to Pair Internship-Seekers with Local Opportunities

Internship-seekers, meet your new best friend.

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....

7 Habits of Highly Effective Entrepreneurs

St Louis’ unique ecosystem of incubators, accelerators, competitions and startup facilities is working. Not only does it transform startups into thriving businesses, but it also produces...

STL Startup News: Weekly Download – Dec. 11

Here’s a recap of STL startup news this week. Have news to share? Email us at editors@eqstl.com. Growth: Venture Café’s weekly happy hour gathering for entrepreneurs and innovators celebrated its 20,000th...

EQ Print Issue 3: The Places We’ll Go

This time last year, we were 30 days away from EQ’s online debut. We envisioned Entrepreneur Quarterly (EQ) as an online daily and print...
Coolfire Solutions

Data Management Platform Raises a Cool $11.5 Million in Series B Funding

Coolfire Solutions, creators of the Ronin Platform a situational awareness delivery platform, today announced that it raised $11.5 million in an oversubscribed Series B...

Despite Cuts in its Budget, the MTC Continues to Support MO Startups and Ecosystem

The good news for startups and ESOs statewide is that despite budget cuts the state-run investment funds at the MTC are still around. The...
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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,...

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....

St. Louis Startup News: 5 Locals Nominated to Most Innovative List and Norse Hauls...

When the American City Business Journals publication Upstart put out the call for nominations for their inaugural Upstart 100, a list of the most creative and disruptive people in business, five St. Louisans made the nominations.
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The TenantLoop App Aims to Improve Landlord-Renter Communication (Finally!)

Rental property managers and landlords are all too familiar with how difficult it is to contact renters and hear back in a timely manner....
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Blue1647’s Emile Cambry Recognized for Community Empowerment at SXSW

This is the third of five EQ stories from SXSW. Read the previous ones here. They say good things are worth waiting for. After skipping SXSW for a whole...

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...

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,...

Listed: St. Louis’ Newest Tech-Enabled Office Space at 2329/2351 Market St.

As our ecosystem continues to grow, startups will be growing up and out of incubators and co-working spaces into their own locations. But rather than...

Sam Altman: “We Want To Hire More St. Louis Startups.”

Y Combinator, one of the most prestigious startup incubators in the world, wants to invest in more St. Louis startups. That’s according to the...

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...

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...

Gerard Craft Talks Business Strategy Behind Closing Niche

Chef Gerard Craft has forged his place in St. Louis cuisine, one successful restaurant at a time. He made headlines earlier this month when...
CEO2CEO

#CEO2CEO: Blake Marggraff of Epharmix and Anthony Tersigni of Ascension on Healthcare Technology

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.
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Startup Connection Announces 70 Startups for Venture Showcase

Startup Connection, the St. Louis region’s annual event focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, takes place on November 16 at Washington University. Today, event organizers announced...

Disrupting Aerospace Through Cubesats with Michael Swartwout

As the space industry enjoys a renaissance, entry level employees might have already designed and operated their own satellites. Michael Swartwout, co-director of Parks...

Integrity Drives Opportunity: Being Real Gets Real Business Results

When you’ve built a business centered around improving brands and reputations, and aligning business goals with marketing strategies, an outsider might think that the...

Stadia Ventures’ Tim Hayden Speaks and Judges at SXSW

This is the second of five EQ stories from SXSW. Read the rest here. It's never too early to start a company. Lachlan Johnson was only 12 years old when...
STL Startup Funding

STL Startup Funding Guide

Million-dollar ideas need more than sweat equity to transform into a successful product or service. From accelerators supplying seed-level startup cash and mentorship to...

Summary: “The New Magnetism of Mid-Size Cities”

A boomerang, as defined by Webster's Dictionary, is "a bent or curved piece of tough wood used by the Australian Aborigines as a throwing...

$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...
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St. Louis Regional Chamber Names Andrew Smith as New VP of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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.
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Winners Announced for St. Louis’ First Export Accelerator Awards

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...
Accelerate St. Louis Challenge 2015

Accelerate St. Louis Contest Finalists Announced, Winners to Be Announced During Global Entrepreneurship Week

Accelerate St. Louis, a regional entrepreneurship coalition created to accelerate the growth of St. Louis’ dynamic startup community through connections and resources, has selected...

Butterscotch Shenanigans Wants to Be the Midwest’s Most Famous Game Studio

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

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,...

How Arch Grant’s Recipient Hemadvance Attracted its Startup Dream Team

As the leading cause of mortality in the world—responsible for more than 30 percent of global deaths according to the World Health Organization—the magnitude...

Meet Tim Stern: General Partner of Cultivation Capital

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...

Nestlé Purina PetCare & Investment Partners to Award Pet Care Innovation Prize

Nestlé Purina PetCare along with Active Capital and Cultivation Capital announced today a competition to identify and support early-stage pet care companies in the...
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Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Hosts Accelerator Demo Day on March 29

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

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...

“Don’t Take Advice” & Other Startup Advice: 7 Lessons Learned From Champio & Farmplicity...

By Jolijt Tamanaha My name is Jolijt Tamanaha, and I’m a recovering entrepreneur. I’m the co-founder of Champio, software that helps the 70% of Americans who hate...

6 Startup Events You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

As you're planning out your week, you'll want to keep Thursday night open—Cortex Commons is hosting a party you just can't miss. That, plus...

Rent the Runway CEO Taps St. Louis for its Re-Emerging Garment District

Jennifer Hyman, the co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway, will deliver the 13th Annual St. Louis Business Journal Women’s Conference keynote on January...

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...
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Where To Live In Downtown St. Louis

It’s no secret that Downtown St. Louis is quickly becoming one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the metro area. Delivering on the live-work-play qualities that more St. Louisans are looking for, Downtown offers plenty of spots to hang your hat. Here are eight places urban dwellers will love, all within blocks of the Downtown innovation community.

Cortex CEO and LouFest Founder Join Forces, Create Festival to Celebrate Intersection of Art,...

Cortex CEO Dennis Lower and LouFest Founder Brian Cohen have come together to bring St. Louis a new reason to get excited about fall—and...

How to Create a Scalable, Human Culture for Startup Growth

6 Takeaways for Startups from the 2016 WorkHuman Conference Luke Fryer was new in town. In 2007, the serial restaurant entrepreneur had just moved to...

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...

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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Capital Ideas: Brian Kinman of St. Louis Arch Angels

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...

Founder Series: Kevin Taylor of Hey Let’s Train

Kevin Taylor is co-founder and chief technology officer of Hey Let’s Train, where they’re building a platform to connect people to professional athletes 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...
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SixThirty and St. Louis Recognized as Pioneering FinTech Community

SixThirty and St. Louis were recently recognized by Village Capital and VilCap Communities as a pioneering start-up community for our competitive advantage and work...
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Capital Ideas: Tom Hillman of Lewis & Clark Ventures

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...

St. Lous Startup News: GlobalHack and Olin Cup Winners, Topsy Turvy Big Top Job...

A compendium of St. Louis Startup news, celebrating America's most innovative entrepreneurs.

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...

Hive Network Offers Startups A Clear Path To Developing Their MVP

Startups bring the Hive Network their ideas and the network turns around a product. Chad Compton, founder of the Hive Network, enjoyed being a freelance...

Home Is Where The Capital Is

When it comes to deciding where to invest, St. Louis- based iSelect Fund keeps the region top of mind.