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St. Louis Wins National Competition to Address Racial and Gender Equity in Entrepreneurial Startup...

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.
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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.
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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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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.
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Ginger Imster Joins the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership as VP of Innovation &...

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.

4 Hands to Release City Wide to Benefit St. Louis Non-Profits

On Monday, April 11, St. Louis craft brewery 4 Hands Brewing Co. will release its newest beer, City Wide, in support of four area...
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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.

The Joojoo App Launches Today, Looks to Make the Business of Recommendations More Personal

The most useful recommendations come from your friends, family and peers, not advertisers or strangers. The minds behind St. Louis' newest app are harnessing...
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.
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St. Louis Startups and Innovation Leaders Join Delegation to Ireland and France

Last summer, a group of 23 business and civic leaders traveled to Ireland on a trade delegation. It was upon the invitation of US...
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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.
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Capital Innovators Announces Its Spring 2017 Accelerator 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.
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8 St. Louisans Chosen as 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists

EY announced its finalists for the 2017 Entrepreneur Of The Year awards for the Central Midwest. Meet the eight big winners from St. Louis.
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Venture Café Expands Programming to 39 North and LaunchCode Mentor Center

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...

Local Entrepreneurs Announce Launch of Geniecast

Entrepreneurs Keith Alper, David Stillman, Steve Trampe and Joseph Bowers announced the launch of Geniecast at an event Downtown tonight attended by Mayor Francis...

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator Announces Fall 2016 Class

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs (PWE) announced the six women-led companies selected for their Fall 2016 cohort today including three local companies, as well as startups...
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CIC Launches Third Innovation Hub in the Cortex Innovation Community

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

St. Louis Business Leaders Announce Partnership with India, Bring T-Hub to St. Louis

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.

TechShop Sees Success with National Partnerships

We're still months away from the opening of TechShop St. Louis, but take a drive down Forest Park Avenue and you'll see progress is being...
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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.

Arch Grants Announces Summer 2016 Global Startup Competition Recipients

Arch Grants, the non-profit that provides $50,000 equity-free grants and pro bono support services for startup companies bi-annually, has announced the recipients of their 2016 Summer...

Prosper Institute Rebrands to BRAZEN, Announces New Membership Program

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.

STL Civic Tech Startup CTY Joins Inaugural Class of NY Accelerator URBAN-X

MINI and HAX, a division of venture capital firm SOSV, announced the names of its first cohort of the URBAN-X startup accelerator program–and St. Louis' CTY was on...

Capital Innovators Announces Fall 2016 Accelerator Class

St. Louis-based Capital Innovators announced at an event at CIC that the accelerator program has invested in six high-growth companies for its Fall 2016 cohort. The...

MTC Pledges $1 million to Arch Grants at 2015 Arch Grants Gala; Winter Class...

Tonight more than 800 people gathered at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown St. Louis for the 2015 Arch Grants Gala. The annual event gave...
St. Louis Startup Roadshow to Boston

19 STL Startups in Boston for STL Roadshow: Here’s What Happened on Day 1

On Tuesday evening, a group of 19 technology and bioscience startups from St. Louis jumped on a Southwest Airlines jet en route to Boston as part of...
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Obe, Creator of New Smart Pet Bowl, Wins First-Ever Pet Care Innovation Prize Powered...

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.
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Sparo Labs’ Wing Officially Launches Sales

Sparo Labs, a digital health startup based in Downtown St. Louis, officially launched sales this morning of its flagship product, Wing®. Wing is the...
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The University of Missouri-St. Louis launches Gateway Accelerate, first Midwest Program for International Entrepreneurs

The University of Missouri-St. Louis, in partnership with Civic Progress, the St. Louis Mosaic Project,  Global EIR Coalition and Arch Grants, announced the launch...

Accelerate St. Louis Awards $120,000 in Prizes at Startup Connection 2016

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...

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...
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SixThirty Launches SixThirty CYBER, St. Louis’ Latest Accelerator

St. Louis just got another accelerator. SixThirty, the St. Louis-based global financial technology (FinTech) venture fund and accelerator, just announced the launch of SixThirty CYBER,...
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What You Need To Know: House of Genius Arrives In STL

House of Genius, a curated monthly event with origins in Boulder, Colorado, arrived in St. Louis last week. The event brings in three entrepreneurs...

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...

Downtown STL, Inc Partners With SafeTrek To Sponsor Safety for Residents

SafeTrek has partnered with Downtown STL, Inc to keep residents safer. Downtown STL, Inc purchased a six-month license, granting access for all Downtown residents to use...
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Midwest Cyber Center Creates First Cyber Registered Apprenticeship Program in the St. Louis Region

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.

Cultivation Capital Leads $1.2M Financing Round in S4

Cultivation Capital announced this morning that they have made an investment in S4, a data gathering and analytics company that provides risk management solutions...

Arch Grants Announces 10 Global Startup Competition Recipients for its Winter Class

Arch Grants, a non-profit providing $50,000 equity-free grants and pro bono support services to entrepreneurs, announces today the 10 recipients of its 2016 Winter...
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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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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...

The Yield Lab St. Louis Announces 2017 Portfolio

Meet the four companies accepted into the third cohort of the AgTech accelerator.
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LaunchCode Announces Major Expansion as Part of U.S. Department of Labor TechHire Initiative

LaunchCode announced today it has been awarded support through 2020 as part of the U.S. Department of Labor grants in Seattle, WA and Portland,...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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John Burroughs School Robotics Team Qualifies for World Competition

The John Burroughs School 4211 robotics team advances as the only St. Louis team to qualify for the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championships.

STL Entrepreneurs Impress at SXSW

This is EQ’s fifth and last article about SXSW. Read previous stories here. Although South By South West is in the books, St. Louis has left a lasting...
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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.
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St. Louis Startup Pixel Press Partners with Mattel

Today St. Louis startup technology company Pixel Press announced it has joined the powerhouse of brands from Mattel. The two companies have formed a...

Accelerate St. Louis Challenge Awards $120,000 to Local Startups

After five months of rigorous competition, the winners of the 2015 Accelerate St. Louis Challenge were announced tonight at Startup Connection 2015 at Washington...
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Finalists Announced for 4th Annual St. Louis Regional Chamber Arcus Awards

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

Introducing TEQ Jobs

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the new TEQ Job Board on EQ. If you’re searching for your dream job or looking to...

Paul Singh the “Startup Savant” Rolls His Airstream into STL to Connect with STL...

Paul Singh has been criss-crossing America, connecting with startup entrepreneurs from Shreveport, Pittsburgh, Tulsa, Lincoln and, as of today, St. Louis. The veteran entrepreneur and VC investor will...

NGA Hosts First GEOx Geospatial Technology Showcase This Week at Cortex

The St. Louis-based National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) and EVNTUR event marketing firm are hosting  a "first-of-its-kind geospatial technology...

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...
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Rebooting Summer Camp: St. Louis Youth Learn to Code this Summer with 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.

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...
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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. 
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LaunchCode and St. Louis Community College Partnership Creates Path to Software Developer Degree

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.

Edward Jones partners with SixThirty to support financial technology startups

Financial services firm Edward Jones today announced a multi-year partnership with SixThirty, which invests in financial technology (FinTech) startups.
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Cultivation Capital Named The Most Active Tech Venture Capital Firm In Missouri By CBInsights

Startups based in Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston may account for most of the VC tech funding in the United States, but as we...
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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.

Microsoft Announces Move to Cortex Innovation Community

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...
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From Argentina to St. Louis: AgTech Company AgIdea Expands in Missouri

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.

Global VR/AR Association Launches in St. Louis

"I have this phrase that I've started using which is, 'VR is not just a thing, AR is not just a thing, VR and...
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Washington University Skandalaris Center announces new fund for startups

The Skandalaris Center at Washington University in St. Louis announced today that it has launched a new venture-capital seed fund aimed at helping to...

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...
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Instacart Launches One-Hour Grocery Delivery Service in St. Louis

The fast-growing retail delivery service announced it has expanded into St. Louis, its first city in Missouri, and will add 150 jobs.
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World Trade Center Announces Export Plan & $125,000 in Additional Accelerate St. Louis Grants

Today, World Trade Center St. Louis is releasing a regional export plan that assesses the current export climate of St. Louis, sets goals for...
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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...
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.
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SixThirty Announces Its Spring 2016 Cohort

SixThirty announced the five companies comprising their spring 2016 cohort last night at T-REX. The St. Louis-based business development accelerator and venture fund invests in...

Cultivation Capital Tech Fund I and Tech Fund II: Investment Update

Cultivation Capital released an update today on their two technology funds, Tech Fund I and Tech Fund II. Since the beginning of 2016, 12...
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Coolfire Solutions Adding 11 new jobs Downtown

Yesterday, the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) gathered with leadership of Coolfire Solutions, a St. Louis-based startup founded in 2010, to cut the...
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Assembly Payments Wins eBay Business, Will Power Gumtree Connect

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

T-REX and Partners Bring Attention to Cybersecurity Needs and Opportunities with “Cyber Awareness Day”...

The T-REX Innovation Center and its partners want the St. Louis region to recognize two things. First, there are ongoing existential cybersecurity threats 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...
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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...
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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...
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Five Pet Care Startups Selected as Pet Care Innovation Prize Finalists

A gaming, learning and social platform for dogs and pet owners. A smart bowl that helps ensure pets get the nutrition they need. Fitness...
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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...

Distributed: Trade Blockchain Conference Speakers Announced: Ernst & Young, t0, Gem and Fluent

BTC Media and SixThirty announce key speakers for the Distributed: Trade conference, the first event of its kind to focus on innovative blockchain solutions for both financial...

Cultivation Capital Hires New Principal for SixThirty CYBER

St. Louis-based venture capital firm Cultivation Capital announced the hire of Christian Taylor, who is coming on as Principal focusing on the SixThirty CYBER accelerator...

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.
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Sherpa Opens New Headquarters in Midtown Alley, Plans to Add 50 New Jobs

Sherpa, a two-year old local tech company that developed a CRM platform, is moving 20 jobs to St. Louis City as it establishes new headquarters...

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...

Savvy Kids Fosters Kids’ Natural Entrepreneurship Impulses

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.
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Next Stop, New York City: Normandy Freshmen Advance to National Finals in Youth Entrepreneurship...

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.

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...
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...

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...
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SafeTrek Makes National Startup List, GlobalHack Launches Summer Camps and More News

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”...

STL Startup News: Weekly Download – Dec. 4

Here’s a recap of STL startup news this week. Have news to share? Email us at editors@eqstl.com. Growth: St. Louis-based LaunchCode received a $350,000 grant last week to open a...
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RiverVest Closes $15 Million Biopharma Pre-Seed Fund, Says It Will Focus on Midwest Companies

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.

Local Universities, Organizations Partner with LaunchCode For Summer of Free Tech Training Classes

This summer LaunchCode is partnering with Harris-Stowe State University, Washington University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and OPO Startups, are partnering for the...
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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.
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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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Schlafly Beer Launches Smartphone Beacon Technology to Incentivize Fans

Schlafly Beer, Missouri's largest locally owned and independent craft brewery, announced today an industry-first marketing plan to utilize an exclusive on-premise beacon technology to engage the...
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.

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