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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.
Huga 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 will host its next Demo Day on Wednesday, March 29 at Washington University in St. Louis. Here are all the details.
Vicia Restaurant

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.
Ilerasoft

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.

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

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

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, 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.
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.
Mayoral Town Hall

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.
Cortex 3.0

An update on Cortex's latest phase of development–and what's to come after that.
SafeTrek

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”...
Dennis Lower Cortex Headshot

The moment in the story where everything changes: Cortex becomes a mixed-use district for innovators of all stripes.
The groundbreaking of Cortex 1

Chapter two in a series on Cortex’s development from a fledgling nonprofit to nationally known innovation district.
Cortex Innovation Community

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.
Financials Stock

Five lessons startups and entrepreneurs can glean from a veteran startup consultant.
ginger-imster-headshot-lindy-drew

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.

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...
Automation team 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

The fast-growing retail delivery service announced it has expanded into St. Louis, its first city in Missouri, and will add 150 jobs.
Cap Innovators Spring 2017 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.
Jamie Corley The Bridge

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

The St. Louis-based startup helps power leading enterprise video platform with recording and streaming of collaboration sessions.
Founders_Assembly Promise Pay

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

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.
Karen Frame, CEO and Co-founder of Makeena

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

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.
OR 360 at Cedars Sinai

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.

Meet the four companies accepted into the third cohort of the AgTech accelerator.
Tim Hayden and Art Chou of Stadia Ventures

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.
STL Tech Map

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

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

The sales and marketing software company announced yesterday the completion of a $4 million Series A round of financing.
AgIdea

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.
Midwest Digital Marketing Conference

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.
St Louis skyline

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

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...
Arcus Awards

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

Today, Venture Café St. Louis named entrepreneur and marketing veteran Tyler Mathews as its next executive director effective January 17.
SLU COOK MBA Classroom-15

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.
Ven cafe

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

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.
SQ1 program

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

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.
lifepack

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.

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

How a trip to London that never happened led Ellen Prinzi straight to a problem worth solving.
Homes for Hackers

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.
39 North Plant Science District

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.
Start Right Foods

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

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.
Lassonde Studios

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.
tedx-gateway-arch

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.
St Louis skyline

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.
Karen Gheesling Mullis

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.
Hexanika

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

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...
Sparo Labs

Sparo Labs, a digital health startup based in Downtown St. Louis, officially launched sales this morning of its flagship product, Wing®. Wing is the...
Hungry Turkey Run

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...

Phyllis Ellison, Director of Entrepreneur Services and Institutional & Corporate Partnerships at Cortex Innovation Community and five-time Managing Director of Startup Connection, was pleased...
Mastercard Venture Cafe

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...
Travis Sheridan Venture Cafe

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...

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...
Brown Smith Wallace valuation

How do you get potential investors to notice you in a crowded pool of startup investment opportunities? Developing a reliable valuation may be a...
Startup Connection 2015.

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...
Donald Danforth

It's Global Entrepreneurship Week this week, November 14-18, so start your week by planning to hit some of the big events listed in this guide....
Startup Connection 2015.

AirZaar captures visual intelligence from aerial maps with drones. PawFriction helps aging dogs keep their footing on smooth surfaces. Start Right Foods packs Belgian waffles with...
Mary Jo Gorman

In September, the Prosper Women Entrepreneur (PWE) Startup Accelerator received an Innovation Award at the 2016 Mayor’s Business Celebration Luncheon in St. Louis. Honorees were...
Global Entrepreneurship Week

It's back: Each November, people in 160 countries around the world organize a calendar of events and competitions to inspire entrepreneurship. Powered by the Kaufmann...
T-REX st louis cyber

The startup scene in St. Louis is a variegated one. Besides the startup businesses themselves, accelerators, incubators, investors and entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) make up...

On Wednesday, October 26, Express Scripts hosted a screening of the film "CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap" at University of Missouri St. Louis. Following the film...
BookaLokal CEO Evelyn White

Demo Days, Cortex Tours, Meetups oh my. Here is a handful of events to include in your plans this week. Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Accelerator Demo Day Wed.,...
Sherpa

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...

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...
Applied Particle Technology

In late 2015, when asked what responsibilities universities have to the startup community, Associate Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at...
Capital Innovators alumni

Capital Innovators is undeniably out to produce strong companies. Since the accelerator program launched in 2010, it's helped 70 companies get to the next level–with those portfolio companies...
skandalaris-center

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...
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From the annual Arch Grants Gala to WashU's premier hackathon, mark your calendar for five startup and tech events happening this week across the city.   LaunchCode...
Better Weekdays

With the Arch Grants annual gala coming up on Nov. 4, it’s a good time to look back over the last five years and...
Obe

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

Mark your calendar for these 11 startup and tech events from across the city happening this week. If you have events you’d like to see on EQ’s...

Since the Spring of 2015, the Prosper Women Entrepreneurs (PWE) Startup Accelerator has invested in women-led startups from across the globe with a focus on...
Accelerate St. Louis Challenge 2015

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

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

Since ITEN launched the Mock Angel program in 2009, ITEN startup companies and the startup ecosystem in St. Louis have both evolved and matured. Melissa...
startup connection 2016

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...
BioGenerator

Since its inception in 2013, Cultivation Capital’s Life Sciences Fund’s portfolio of 14 companies and one accelerator have raised $321M in total funding–with a...

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...
Startup Connection

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

Mark your calendar for these nine startup and tech events from across the city happening this week. If you have events you’d like to see on EQ’s...
Code documentary tech

On Wednesday, October 26, Express Scripts is hosting a free screening of "CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap" followed by a panel discussion, bringing together the...
Sheila Sweeney

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

Last week, RISE Collaborative Workspace, a female-focused co-working space founded by Stacy Taubman, announced it will open in January and that it's now accepting applications for...
Coolfire Solutions

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...
lil bub ringtone

Last week saw the release of a new app featuring Lil BUB, one of the world’s most famous cats. Lil BUB fans: get excited, because...
St. Louis Startup Roadshow to Boston

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...
Brian Dixon Capital Innovators

Last month, Capital Innovators named its 2016 fall cohort and the program began. But that's not the only news coming out of the accelerator. This summer...
data speed fiber optic

It's no surprise that the type of business internet connection you invest in is critical. Connectivity through phone lines–although it is the most widely...

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