Capital Innovators

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

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

Disrupting Medicine with Dr. Henry Randall

Dr. Henry Randall is the Division chief, adult and pediatric transplantation at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and is bringing the Society of...
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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...
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Five Tech Events Happening This Week

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

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...
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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...

Two St. Louis Student Startups Named Among Best 8 in the Country at SXSW

https://www.youtube.com/embed/A8b_nhmdBbU This is EQ's fourth dispatch from SXSW. Read the previous ones here. Student entrepreneurs made a major contribution to the mark St. Louis left on this year's edition of SXSW. For the...

5 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...

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...

Q/A: Jacqueline Ko Matthews of Investment POD

SixThirty brought Jacqueline Ko Matthews and her company, Investment POD, to St. Louis, and Prosper Women’s Entrepreneurs Accelerator Program has kept her connected. Read...

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...
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How Saint Louis University Led the Entrepreneurial Education Revolution

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.
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Hot Jobs: These 5 Startups Are Hiring Right Now

By Colleen Liebig of Plugged In St. Louis Looking for your next move? Some of STL’s hottest startups are recruiting right now. Read on for...

Disrupting Genomics with Jarret Glasscock

After leaving the world-renowned Genome Center at Washington University in St. Louis, Jarret Glasscock co-founded Cofactor Genomics, which has been at the forefront of...
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Feature: A Tale of Two Districts

How two buildings and a handful of visionaries are pushing to make St. Louis a destination for innovation.

STL Startup News: Weekly Download – Mar. 25

Here’s a recap of STL startup news this week. Have news to share? Email us at editors@eqstl.com. CIC Leadership Changes St. Louis will lose a prominent...
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St. Louis’ Plant Science Innovation District to Be Called 39 North

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.

7 Startup Events You Can’t Miss This Week

We've gathered some of the best events from all over the city–mark your calendars now! Open Data STL Meetup Tuesday, Jan 26; 6:30m 7th Floor, TREX, 911...

Interview: Engineering Success

Washington University entrepreneurship chief Dedric Carter on St. Louis’ challenges and opportunities and the value in failure.

One Beta Tester’s Experience Finding Love Through Math

I’ve never been good at math. The one statistics class I had to take in college made my palms sweat. So when the opportunity...
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Hatchbuck Secures $4 Million In Series A Funding

The sales and marketing software company announced yesterday the completion of a $4 million Series A round of financing.
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So, What’s Your Startup Worth?

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

Jack Dorsey Returns To St. Louis To Kick Off Square’s ‘Let’s Talk’ Event Series

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square, will return to St. Louis to launch “Let’s Talk,” a new North American event series designed to bring business owners together to collaborate.

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...
STL Tech Map

Introducing STLTechMap: A New Interactive Ecosystem Map for St. Louis

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

5 Things We’re Reading this Week: July 22

Weekends are the perfect time to step away from the desk—standing or otherwise—and catch up on time spent with friends, family and all of...

7 STL Startup Events You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

St. Louis’ startup scene has another busy week of events. From global hackathons to events featuring some of your favorite St. Louisans and happy hours,...

From STL to Silicon Valley: Sam Altman

Sam Altman left his hometown of St. Louis to build businesses. Now, he helps other tech startups grow as president of Y Combinator, the most commercially successful accelerator in the country.

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...

Hot Jobs: Check Out These 8 Openings at Startups Right Now

Looking for your next move? TEQ Jobs is your path to employment in the St. Louis tech scene. Each week we’ll highlight opportunities you should...

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...

Savvy Coders Expands to St. Louis

St. Louis native Elaine Queathem caught the entrepreneurial bug at an unexpected place—the golf course at her grandfather’s country club. “My first attempt at shattering...

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...

Why You Should Attend Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator Demo Day

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

UMB To Partner With Accelerator SixThirty To Kickstart FinTech Startups

In May, Atul Kamra, managing partner of fintech business accelerator SixThirty, predicted that the big players in St. Louis’ sizable financial community were about to...

GiftAMeal Taps Applebee’s to Join the Fight Against Hunger in Greater St. Louis

Applebee's, the world's largest casual dining chain with approximately 2,000 locations, has partnered with GiftAMeal in the Greater St. Louis region with 32 of...

Enterprise Innovation: Debbie Barta, Global Platform Lead at Simplify Commerce by Mastercard

EQ caught up with Debbie Barta, Global Platform Lead at Simplify Commerce, a startup within the Mastercard corporation. You oversee all facets of Simplify Commerce's platform ownership,...
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7 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...

Downtown T-REX Hosts The First Peer to Peer Networking Symposium

Whether you're an entrepreneur, a small business owner or just considering the startup space, you now have plans for Tuesday afternoon. On November 3, from...

FinTech’s Data-Driven Evolution with Data Simply CEO Michelle Bonat

The FinTech sector is shifting more and more toward data-driven solutions. The reliance on computer systems to augment the human element is an important...
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Interview: Sheila Sweeney on St. Louis’ Emerging AgTech Corridor

It was one year ago this month when Sheila Sweeney took over as CEO of St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. The organization, formerly the...
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Rippleshot Wins ABA Endorsement

Rippleshot, a 2015 SixThirty accelerator grad, has been endorsed by The American Bankers Association for its unique card compromise detection tool, Rippleshot Sonar. Sonar beat network-issued...

Disrupting Manufacturing and Education: Bill Macy and 3D Printing

Everybody is talking about 3D printing these days, but Bill Macy has been working to bring its on-demand flexibility and mass customization to manufacturing...
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15 St. Louis Startups To Watch In 2015

Meet 15 of STL’s most recent startups.

Matt Menietti Of GlobalHack Discusses Civic Hackathon Project And Tech’s Positive Impact

GlobalHack, a quarterly hackathon competition created in late 2013 by Gabe Lozano, Drew Winshop, and Travis Sheridan to help companies turn ideas for solving...

Interview: Chris Motley’s Favorite St. Louis Spots & What’s Next For Better Weekdays

Chris Motley and his team at Better Weekdays have been getting a lot of buzz lately. The platform, which Motley has called "eHarmony for jobs, with a...

How Do You Build a Business Incubator? T-REX Shows Us The Way

For the past 10 to 15 years, startup incubators and co-working spaces have been expanding around the world. Entrepreneurs, freelancers and traditional businesses alike...

On Common Ground

“Dennis, is Cortex getting bikes?” asked David Hakanson, chief innovation officer of St. Louis University, pointing to a row of rentable bikes parked along...
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Founder Series: Tanya Hamilton of Independent Youth

Each week, EQ will feature local founders: The work they do, the goals they set and where they draw their inspiration.
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Avoid Startup Burnout: 8 Tips From LockerDome’s Gabe Lozano

It’s Saturday afternoon. Another week of the startup grind has taken its toll, and I’m struggling to find the energy to do more. Thankfully,...
Stadia Ventures Founders Tim Hayden (left) and Art Chou (right)

Stadia Ventures Announces Its First Accelerator Cohort Of Sports Startups

Several announcements were made tonight at St. Louis Regional Chamber's annual event No. 178, all speaking to the continued innovation and entrepreneurship in the...

Stadia Announces Its Spring 2016 Accelerator Class

Stadia Ventures announced the five sports startups accepted to its Spring 2016 Sports Accelerator program this afternoon during an event at T-REX.  The companies begin their three...

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...

In Tech: GlobalHack IV Takes Over @4240 This Weekend

The first of two GlobalHack hackathons scheduled to take place this year arrives this weekend.

Industrious STL is Redefining the Co-working Experience

Drawing everyone from freelancers and entrepreneurial startups to seasoned CEOs and Fortune 500s, co-working spaces are becoming a way to reinvent the work environment....
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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...

Disrupting Research Policy with Kendra Perry

Kendra Perry has a background in politics which comes in handy when she helps people like nanoscientists (scientist that studies really small materials) collaborate outside their...

Disrupting Shakespeare with Anupam Basu

You might think big data is all about tech, business and the NSA, but Anupam Basu is using these tools to better understand the foundations...
Ameren Accelerator

Ameren Launches Energy Technology Accelerator in St. Louis, Partners With Capital Innovators and UMSL...

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.

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...

Disrupting Love with Sandra Langeslag

Love isn't just a warm feeling to Sandra Langeslag. It's a neurological process that can be scientifically measured and impacts far more of our...
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Voices: Mark Bini of Express Scripts on Corporate-Startup Collaboration

It’s no secret that St. Louis’ size allows for unique collaborations. Startups are able to gain access to corporate leadership and big businesses can...

STL Startup News: Weekly Download – Jan. 15

Here’s a recap of STL startup news this week. Have news to share? Email us at editors@eqstl.com. Life After The Rams News of the Rams moving to Los...
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Downtown STL’s New President And CEO Missy Kelley On What Downtown Needs Now

Melissa “Missy” Kelley, a longtime local business, marketing and communications leader and executive was promoted to President and CEO of Downtown STL, Inc. (DSI), and...

Startup Scene: Hyde Launches Kickstarter, WUHack Applications Opening Soon

Hyde, which was featured in ALIVE's April issue, has just launched the Kickstarter campaign for their flagship product, The Wingman
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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...
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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,...
CEO2CEO 2017

CEO2CEO Returns with Blake Marggraff of Epharmix and Anthony Tersigni of Ascension

#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.

Disrupting Poor Health Literacy with Catina O’Leary

Healthcare can be very difficult to understand. No one knows this better than Dr. Catina O'Leary. As president and CEO of the nation’s largest...
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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.

Where to Pitch: 1 Million Cups

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

Shark Tank in Space: Space Business Pitch Competition To Be Held May 26 at...

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.
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The St. Louis Uber Update: Five Things To Know This Week

Have you been trying to follow the contentious ridesharing debate in St. Louis but had trouble keeping track of all the events and people...

7 Reasons to Attend Startup Connection

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 18 because you officially have plans: You're joining us at Startup Connection 2015. Presented by Accelerate St. Louis and serving...

Gallery: Distributed Trade Blockchain Conference

On Tuesday, June 14, SixThirty and BTC Media presented Distributed: Trade, a first-of-its-kind conference that focused on innovative blockchain solutions for both financial services and trade...

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...
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STL Startup News: Weekly Download – Feb. 5

Here’s a recap of STL startup news this week. Have news to share? Email us at editors@eqstl.com. Growth St. Louis County has begun work to develop...

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...

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 Tech News: Weekly Download – Nov. 20

Here's a recap of STL startup news this week. Have news to share? Email us at editors@eqstl.com. Contest Winners: MagBiosense, a medical device company developing a diagnostic device for heart...

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...

7 Reasons to Register for Capital Innovators Demo Day ASAP

Mark your calendars for May 17, when Capital Innovators turns their Demo Day into an open-to-all event you can't miss. This affair puts the accelerator’s...

Capital Innovators Demo Day 2016 Happening May 17 at the Pageant

Whether you're an investor, a founder or a startup voyeur, the annual Capital Innovators Demo Day is the place to be on May 17, happening at...

BlueStrata Creates 52 New Jobs in Creve Coeur

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.

Hot Jobs: These 5 Startups Are Hiring

By Colleen Liebig of Plugged In St. Louis Looking for your next move? Each week we'll list of some of STL’s hottest startups that are...

St. Louis Startup News: LaunchCode Going Ivy League?, Invisible Girlfriends and Bad News Bears,...

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

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...

Founder Series: Joseph Monahan of Confluence

When Pfizer left St. Louis in 2010, A small team of ex-Pfizer scientists with strong ideas for a new strategic approach to drug discovery research...
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St. Louis Firms Raise $290 Million of Venture Capital in 2016

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

Why This Year’s Ag Innovation Showcase Is A Big Deal For Startups And St....

The Ag Innovation Showcase, now in its seventh year, will take place Sept. 14-16 right here in St. Louis. Bringing together bright startups, established companies...

Disrupting Infection with Nanotechnology and Tom Cohen

Tom Cohen is founder of Nanopore Diagnostics, a St. Louis life science startup that's part of a new wave of companies bringing nanotechnology tools...
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Delivering Innovation, Driving Better Outcomes: Express Scripts

Something you might already know: Express Scripts is a national leader in the prescription medication industry. Something you might not know: This is due...
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Venture Café St. Louis Announces New Executive Director

Today, Venture Café St. Louis named entrepreneur and marketing veteran Tyler Mathews as its next executive director effective January 17.

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...

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...

Voices: Tracie Gildehaus of Maritz on Corporate-Startup Collaboration

It’s no secret that St. Louis’ size allows for unique collaborations. Startups are able to gain access to corporate leadership and big businesses can...

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.
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.

Arch Grants Announces 2014 Winners

Arch Grants has announced the 20 grant winners for 2014, each of whom will receive $50,000 non-dilutive grants, office space in T-REX, free services and access to mentors.