STL Partnership Annual Meeting

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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Missouri Venture Forum Brings Together 36 Speakers for Its Free Investor and Entrepreneurship Conference...

In one of the largest local efforts to link the St. Louis startup community with leading experts, Missouri Venture Forum has landed more than 35 speakers for its second annual "Roadmap to Entrepreneurship" conference.
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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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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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IT Staffing Company Envision Plans to Add More than 100 jobs at St. Louis...

Today, the Missouri Department of Economic Development announced that Envision, an IT staffing and computer programming company, plans to create 132 new jobs in St. Louis.
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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.
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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CoderGirl Applications for Summer 2017 Cohort Close June 5

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

One Day To Sell STL: 12 Israel AgTech Companies Visit St. Louis on Spring...

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

The Center for Space Commerce and Finance (CSCF) has announced finalists for the 2017 St. Louis Regional NewSpace Business Plan Competition. Here are the five finalists who will be competing for a cash prize this Friday.
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#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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7 Startup and Tech Events Happening This Week

From BBQ birthday parties to a Demo Day on The Pageant stage, here are seven events to keep you busy this week.
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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.

PWE Accelerator Attracts CEOs from all over: Spotlight on Brooklyn-based Humblee

Zuley Clarke, co-founder and CEO of Humblee, is a Spring 2017 graduate of Prosper Women Entrepreneur’s (PWE) Startup Accelerator. Her B2B company, based in Brooklyn, New...
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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.

Cortex Rolls Out a Full Summer Calendar of Outdoor Events

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

Opera Theatre St. Louis Engages Startups With Special Events Geared Toward Innovation Community

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

STLVentureWorks’ 5 Innovation Centers Help Grow Businesses From All Industries

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

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

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.
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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.
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.

Sling Health Hosts 5th Annual Demo Day at Cortex on April 28

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

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.

Take a Hint (or 5): How to Get the Most out of Attending Capital...

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

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.
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Online Auto Retailer Carvana Launches in St. Louis

Carvana, an eCommerce platform for buying used cars, announced its expansion into St. Louis with plans to hire up to 10 staff.
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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.
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5 Downtown St. Louis Developments To Get Excited About Right Now

Downtown St. Louis continues to grow and thrive as an inviting environment for both businesses and residents. Here are five of the newest developments you’ll want to keep an eye on.
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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.

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.
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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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.
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.

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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Hůga Bar Showcases South American Flavors in a Delicious (and Nutritious) Granola Bar

It seems like everyone has their go-to healthy granola bar these days. Meet STL-based Huga Bar, a newer competitor on the market offering up gluten-free, GMO-free, and Kosher bars that blend the founders' own heritage with top-quality ingredients for delicious—and nutritious—snacking.
Prosper Women Entrepreneurs

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs 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.
Vicia Restaurant

Much-Anticipated Vicia Restaurant Opens in Cortex District

Vicia, the buzzy St. Louis restaurant project of husband-and-wife team Michael and Tara Gallina, opens today in the Cortex Innovation District at 4260 Forest Park Avenue, also home to TechShop.
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How Arch Grants–and St. Louis–Helped These Companies Grow

Arch Grants recently launched applications for its 2017 class of Arch Grants recipients. We reached out to five companies who have already been through the process to see what they had to say about being a part of Arch Grants and building their companies in St. Louis.

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.
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12 Fundraising Tips for BioTech companies from Cultivation Capital’s Life Sciences Fund

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

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...

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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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.
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St. Louis Mayoral Tech Town Hall Brings Candidates to Venture Cafe

Last Thursday, February 23, eight mayoral candidates convened at Cortex during Venture Cafe for a St. Louis Mayoral Town Hall focused on technology and innovation. Here were the main takeaways.
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Cortex Looks Ahead: Cortex Special Feature, Chapter 4, 2017 and Beyond

An update on Cortex's latest phase of development–and what's to come after that.
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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”...
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Cortex Shifts Focus: Cortex Special Feature, Chapter 3, 2010-2016

The moment in the story where everything changes: Cortex becomes a mixed-use district for innovators of all stripes.
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The Creation of Cortex: Cortex Special Feature, Chapter 2, 2002-2009

Chapter two in a series on Cortex’s development from a fledgling nonprofit to nationally known innovation district.
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Cortex’s Evolution from a Life Science District to a Magnet for St. Louis Innovators:...

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

Five lessons startups and entrepreneurs can glean from a veteran startup consultant.
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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.

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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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.
Instacart

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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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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TheBridge Is Linking D.C. and Silicon Valley’s Biggest Minds

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

FocalCast Now Integrates With Qumu, Leader in Enterprise Video

The St. Louis-based startup helps power leading enterprise video platform with recording and streaming of collaboration sessions.
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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.
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A Core Commitment: What’s Next for the Downtown St. Louis Innovation District

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

PowerPost Is Converting Brands into Power Publishers

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

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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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.

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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Stadia Ventures Announces Move into Cortex Innovation District

Stadia Ventures, the two-year-old sports-focused business development firm and accelerator that helps early stage sports startups connect with investors, announced it is moving its headquarters into the CIC@4240 building in the Cortex Innovation District next month.
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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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The Best Cities in the Midwest for Venture Capital Funding in 2016

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

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.
AgIdea

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.
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Midwest Digital Marketing Conference 2017 to Include Startup Pitch Competition

Calling all digital marketing startups: pitch your ideas in front of potential users and customers and be eligible to win a cash prize of $2,500, sponsored by Purina.
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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.
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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...
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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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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.
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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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Five Tech Events Happening This Week

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

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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Applications Open for CET’s Square One Ignite Program 2017

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

AirZaar Is Reinterpreting Drone Intelligence

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

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

2 Months In, A Look at St. Louis’ TechShop Makers

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

Olio City Wants to Help Millennials and GenXers Discover the Best of Their Cities

How a trip to London that never happened led Ellen Prinzi straight to a problem worth solving.
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How Kansas City Startup Village Grew From the Arrival of Google Fiber to Thriving...

EQ invited our Kansas City peers at Startland News to write a feature story about one of the city's startup hubs, Kansas City Startup Village, on the heels of its fourth anniversary.
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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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Start Right Foods Wants to Start Your Morning Right

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

4 Year-End Tax Planning Tips for Startups

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

Every day, companies in St. Louis and around the world are focused on increasing innovation in their organizations. CannonDesign walks us through several organizations that have been designing their workplaces to make it happen.
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What’s Happening This Week in STL Tech

Amidst the endless stream of holiday parties and squeezing an extra day (or three) into your holiday-filled month, let yourself be inspired at this week’s mix of talks, meetups and happy hours.
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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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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.
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Hexanika Looks to Lead the RegTech Revolution

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

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...
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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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9 Events This Week: The Holiday Edition

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

Startup Connection 2016 Increases Startup Participation and Attendance

Phyllis Ellison, Director of Entrepreneur Services and Institutional & Corporate Partnerships at Cortex Innovation Community and five-time Managing Director of Startup Connection, was pleased...
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Mastercard hosts NXT@4240: Celebrating Women in Tech and in Business

Mastercard sponsored NXT@4240 at Venture Cafe this week with the theme, "Women in Tech/Women in Business." Venture Cafe launched NXT@4240 this past spring as...
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Interview: Travis Sheridan on Venture Café’s Global Expansion, Innovation’s Role in Social Justice Movements

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