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45 Companies from 15 States to Present at InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum

45 high-growth companies from 15 states have been selected to pitch their cases to prospective funders at the 2018 InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum on...
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BioGenerator Wins $300K Federal Grant to Build Bioscience Companies In St. Louis

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

Energy startups compete for $100K and a spot in the 2018 Ameren Accelerator

Applications opened last week for the Ameren Accelerator, a public-private partnership between the University of Missouri System, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators that offers...

Two SixThirty Startups Raise $25 Million in Funding

2017 saw two SixThirty portfolio companies raise significant investment. Both companies are based in Israel and came to St Louis to work with SixThirty...
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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.

J.D. Vance at TechCrunch Disrupt: Startups Don’t Have To Be in Silicon Valley

Last week, on the main stage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, J.D. Vance, managing partner of Rise of the Rest explained that the $150m...

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...

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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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...

Elaine Queathem Joins ITEN as Lead EIR for Corporate Innovation Program

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

STL Startup News: Weekly Download – Mar. 4

Here’s a recap of STL startup news this week. Have news to share? Email us at editors@eqstl.com CEOs-for-Hire St. Louis-based Capital Innovators announced a new platform...

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...

St. Louis Startup News: Prosper Partners With Golden Seeds, RoverTown Roving, T-REX Nixes Little...

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

Diagnostics Tool Developer Secures $1M in Funding to Detect GI Disease

For life sciences startup Geneoscopy, successful fundraising meant finding creative applications for their technology, accepting and implementing feedback, and lots of stool samples.

City Backs Manufacturing Hub Supporting Entrepreneurs

Brick City Makes will be St Louis' first entrepreneur support center for manufacturing - essentially a co-working space dedicated to manufacturing. The six story,...

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...

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.

STL Fashion Startup Scene Gathers Momentum: Another Designer Chooses St Louis

Designer and maker Brandin Vaughn is opening his first-ever brick-and-mortar boutique on Cherokee Street this Friday, February 2nd. The opening marks a milestone for the...
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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...

18 Startups Win $50,000 Each To Locate Their Business In St Louis

Arch Grants has awarded $900,000 in grant funds to 18 new startups and early-stage businesses. The winners were announced at the 5th annual Arch...

Brazen St. Louis Wins $90,000 Grant To Support Diversity Program For Women Entrepreneurs

Brazen St. Louis, an organization dedicated to helping growth-seeking women entrepreneurs advance their businesses, announced today that it has been awarded a $90,000 grant...
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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.

St. Louis Startup Scene: Capital Innovators Fund Five, DreamfundMe Makes It Personal, T-Rex Parties

From rapid expansion to a rooftop end-of-summer blowout, the St. Louis startup community moves onward and upward.

St Louis Bioscience Startup Acquired at $100 Million Valuation

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

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...
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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.

STL Startup News: Weekly Download – April 1

Here’s a recap of STL startup news this week. Have news to share? Email us at editors@eqstl.com. Tiny Arms, Big Toast T-REX celebrated two years in...

STL Startup News: Weekly Download – Dec. 18

Here’s a recap of STL startup news this week. Have news to share? Email us at editors@eqstl.com. Braggin' Rights: St. Charles County ranks best in...
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SentiAR Awarded $2.2 Million Federal Grant to Advance Augmented Reality Device for Cardiologists

SentiAR will receive $2.2 million of non-dilutive milestone installments to advance its platform. Using the SentiAR technology, through the Microsoft head-up display, physicians can...
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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.

St. Louis Startup News: BioGenerator Gets International Nod, Arch Angels Flying High, Appistry’s Samson...

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

Brazen Global Expands Into Six U.S. Cities

Brazen Global, a membership organization for women entrepreneurs, is opening in six new markets: Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fort Worth and Philadelphia. Brazen is...

Startup Scene: Epharmix Raises $765,000, Farmplicity Launches New Platform

Read on for more information on how Washington University students stood out in innovation news this week.

Lewis & Clark Ventures Leads $3.8M Series A for “Medical Ridesharing” Platform

Lewis & Clark Ventures announced its investment in Kaizen Health, Inc., a healthcare-logistics and NEMT (non-emergency medical transportation) technology platform. The Chicago-based company is...

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.

World Wide Technology Announces Partnership with SixThirty

World Wide Technology (WWT), a market-leading technology solution provider, has announced a multi-year partnership with SixThirty, a venture fund and startup accelerator that invests...

ITEN Appoints New Executive Director, Mary Louise Helbig

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

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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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...

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...

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.

St. Louis Sets its Sights on Becoming a Gigabit Community with Broadband Fiber RFI

Announced this morning, Downtown STL, Inc., the City of St. Louis, St. Louis Development Corporation and St. Louis Economic Development Partnership have released a...

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...

Arch Grants Announces Summer 2015 Global Startup Competition Recipients

Last night Arch Grants introduced the first 11 recipients of its Global Startup Competition, nine of which are minority- or woman-led.

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...
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Local Startup Captures Anticipation and Nostalgia as the City Unveils the Renovated Gateway Arch...

The new park grounds, museum and Arch renovations represents decades of planning and years of design and construction and $380 Million in public and...
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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...
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Perficient Appoints Brian Matthews to Board of Directors

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.
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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.

GlobalSTL Formalizes Business Development Agreement with French AgTech Accelerator

A Memorandum of Understanding formalizes a new business relationship focused on AgTech and FoodTech between St. Louis and Dijon, France. The international partnership connects...

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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Pushup Social Moves To CIC St. Louis As Lab 1500 Closes

Lab1500 co-founders Dan Lohman and Jan Andersen are shifting concentration to their growing tech startup, Pushup Social, and in that shift, have made the...

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...

SixThirty Taps Reinsurance Group of America Partners to Help Develop FinTech Startups

Last week, Reinsurance Group of America Inc (RGA), announced that its subsidiary, RGAx, LLC, is partnering with FinTech accelerator, SixThirty, on selecting FinTech startups that participate in the...
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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.

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...

St. Louis Fashion Incubator Announces Inaugural Class

The Saint Louis Fashion Incubator (SLFI), a project through the Saint Louis Fashion Fund and led by executive director, Eric Johnson, selected its first...

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...
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St. Louis Startup Connection Accepting Applications

Beginning today, St. Louis Startups can apply at www.startupconnection.org/venture-showcase.html to showcase their company and their products and compete for cash and in-kind prizes. The...

GlobalHack and Monsanto Fund Team Up to Bring CS First to Middle Schools

GlobalHack, a St. Louis-based nonprofit that drives social impact through technology, announced today an award of $40,000 from the Monsanto Fund to fund computer...

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.
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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.

This Friday: SLU Hosting Masterclass on Self Management and Shared Leadership

Doug Kirkpatrick from The Morning Star Company will be presenting at the The Age of Self-Management & Shared Leadership event, hosted by the Richard...
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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...

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...
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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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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.
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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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Local Immunotherapy Startup Attracts $3 Million Investment

St. Louis-based startup Unleash Immuno Oncolytics, which has developed viral-based biologics to attack cancerous tumors, has attracted a major investment from publicly-traded Japanese company...

$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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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...
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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.
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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.

STL Startup News: Weekly Download – Jan. 8

Weekly Download returns this week from a holiday break. Here’s a recap of STL startup news since we've been gone. Have news to share? Email...

Startup News Roundup: GlobalHack Outlines Civic Hackathon, STL Named Entrepreneurial Hotspot

Head to COCA tonight for a preview of SPARK, COCAbiz’s Sept. 2 creativity conference.

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...

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.

Epharmix Teams Up with Provident on Suicide Prevention Tools

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

Betabox Hosts Pop Up Today at The Science Louis Science Center

Have some time this afternoon and looking for a great way to dip your toe into the maker movement? Betabox is hosting a free...

BacterioScan Receives FDA Clearance for Rapid Infection Detection System

BacterioScan, Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a 510(k) Premarket Notification clearance for its 216Dx Urinary Tract Infection...

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...

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...

Cortex-based Affigen Announces $17 million Series A Led by Black Beret Life Sciences

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...
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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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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.

VentureCafe Launches EdHub Fellowship

Venture Café St. Louis is launching the region’s first Education Innovation Hub in St. Louis (EdHub STL). Known for their weekly and monthly Gatherings...
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Lean Media Closes $500K in Seed Funding from Missouri Investors

Lean Media, an audience-first programmatic media company serving the agriculture industry and businesses targeting rural audiences, has announced the successful closure of an oversubscribed...

St. Louis Startup Scene: Gabe Lozano Hacks, Girls Ask Guys (Guys Say Yes), Sparo...

A compendium of St. Louis Startup news, celebrating America's most innovative entrepreneurs.
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New Digital Literacy Program Brings Coding to the Community

​LaunchCode, a national nonprofit focused on creating pathways to careers in technology, has announced the Discovery program, made possible by a partnership with Facebook’s...

Danforth Center Awarded $16MM to Enhance Sorghum for Bioenergy

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

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...

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...

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...

St. Louis Startup News: Mod Notebook in Sync with the Cloud, Bonfyre is Hot,...

A news compendium of the nation's most exciting startups and innovative entrepreneurs.

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...

Award-Winning Conference Brings Top Midwest Women Business Owners to St. Louis

The Midwest Women Business Owners’ Conference (MWBOC), a semi-annual event presented by business consulting and coaching organization, Black Dress Partners, and premier accounting firm...

STL Startup News: Weekly Download – Mar. 18

Here’s a recap of STL startup news this week. Have news to share? Email us at editors@eqstl.com. New Digs Square hosted a grand opening this week for...
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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.

Why 5 Israeli Startups Chose to Establish U.S. Headquarters in St Louis

This week, three delegations from St. Louis conclude trips to Israel. The delegations represent three industries that are not only among St. Louis’ fastest-growing, but...

STL Startup News: Weekly Download – Apr. 8

Here’s a recap of STL startup news this week. Have news to share? Email us at editors@eqstl.com. Leadership Hires RiverVest Venture Partners, a Clayton-based venture capital...

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