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

The FinTech sector is shifting more and more toward data-driven solutions. The reliance on computer systems to augment the human element is an important...

Thinking Inside the Box

Chico Weber’s hand runs along the colorful, 3-D-printed objects lining the shelves in his company’s Central West End office before settling on a chain...

Dustin McKissen On Our Regional Advantages For Risk-Takers

"It's such a strong selling point for this region that the cost of living allows people to take a risk. The average age of...

Disrupting the Gig Economy with Stephanie Leffler

Companies like Uber, Airbnb and Instacart are participants in the gig economy—connecting people with spare time or unused stuff with those who need them....
Brian Kinman

Capital Ideas: Brian Kinman of St. Louis Arch Angels

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...

Sam Altman: “We Want To Hire More St. Louis Startups.”

Y Combinator, one of the most prestigious startup incubators in the world, wants to invest in more St. Louis startups. That’s according to the...

Founder Series: Steven Hanley of MediBeacon

MediBeacon is a name to know in the STL BioTech sector. The makers of proprietary, non-invasive, real-time monitoring systems for kidney function, gastrointestinal permeability...
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U.S. CTO Megan Smith on the Power of Tech at SXSW

This is the first story of EQ's SXSW coverage. Check out the rest here. Civic engagement and technology used as a force for good were two of...

Q&A: Jay DeLong, Managing General Partner of SixThirty CYBER

Jay DeLong is managing general partner of SixThirty CYBER. He also is a cofounder of Active Capital, SixThirty FinTech Accelerator, T-REX and former VP of...

Brazen Elevator Pitch Event Winner: Shayba Muhammad On Being In Flow

People are often told that in order to be successful, one must put aside anything and everything that does not directly serve your creative...

Lewis & Clark Ventures On Investing $100M In Heartland Startups

Scott Bernstein is a Principal at Lewis & Clark Ventures, the first “$100,000,000+” tech venture fund in St. Louis. Before joining Lewis & Clark, Scott...

Disruption Is Not Covo’s M.O. And That’s Really Exciting

San Francisco-based startup Covo recently acquired the historic Mississippi Valley Trust building in downtown St. Louis as part of their global expansion plans. The...
Mary Jo Gorman

Interview: Mary Jo Gorman of PWE on Leading Change in STL Entrepreneurship

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...

Christina Hawatmeh On Founding Scopio And Storytelling Through User Generated Content

Remember life before memes? It feels like so long ago. Today, unoriginal content accounts for over 90% of what we share in our networks....

Creating an Inclusive Ecosystem: Diana Zeng of Full Circle

Nationwide, the need for increased diversity and inclusion in the startup space has (rightfully) gained more attention. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal...

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

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

Accelerator Program Alumni Becomes Resident Adviser to Future STL Startups

The St. Louis-based venture firm, Capital Innovators, is adding an entrepreneur-in-residence position (EIR) to their nationally recognized startup accelerator program. Devin Turner, CEO of...

Team Spotlight: LockerDome’s Ryan Allen Went From Intern To Working With Some of The...

As part of EQ's mission to strengthen connections within St. Louis' growing startup community through storytelling, EQ is rolling out a series of profiles on companies, spaces and people in the ecosystem. Enjoy our first Talent Spotlight on Ryan Allen of LockerDome.
Jim McKelvey Square St. Louis

Why St. Louis Is The Best Location For Square’s Newest Office

Square, the credit card payment processing system that was founded by St. Louisans Jim McKelvey and Jack Dorsey in 2009 and was originally headquartered here...

College Credit

For many, college is an extension of youth, but these students are utilizing their time in school to start thriving companies already gaining national...

Creating an Inclusive Ecosystem: Patricia Hagen of T-REX

Nationwide, the need for increased diversity and inclusion in the startup space has (rightfully) gained more attention. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal...
Ginger Imster

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.

How Swizzle’s Founder Left—and Came Back to—St. Louis

In 2009, Nick Szabo looked around his hometown of St. Louis and didn’t see a lot of opportunity. The systems and personalities around entrepreneurship...

Founder Series: Krista Clement of Helper Helper

Between classes, practices, games and studying, student athletes have a lot going on. Throw in community service, which is not only an encouraged piece...

Gerard Craft Talks Business Strategy Behind Closing Niche

Chef Gerard Craft has forged his place in St. Louis cuisine, one successful restaurant at a time. He made headlines earlier this month when...

Tomas Pena of S4 Finds a Home Away From Home in St. Louis

St. Louis is in the heart of the Corn Belt. It’s a perfect seat for AgTech companies looking to serve the U.S. market, and...

Disrupting Brand Experience with Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin

Design led by business strategy and intuitive usability are part of the equation for Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin. Reshma is CEO of B/C Designers, a...
Brian Dixon Capital Innovators

Transitioning Growth: Brian Dixon On How Capital Innovators Stays Poised for What’s Next

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...

STL Community Cast: Alderman Jeffrey Boyd on Reinventing North St Louis One Neighborhood at...

Jeffrey Boyd grew up in Hamilton Heights in North St Louis, a neighborhood he now serves as Alderman of the 22nd ward. Back in...

Creating an Inclusive Ecosystem: Yomi Toba of PushUp Social

Nationwide, the need for increased diversity and inclusion in the startup space has (rightfully) gained more attention. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal...

Voices: Abby Cohen of Sparo Labs on Corporate-Startup Collaboration

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

Capital Ideas: Peter Reinecke of Arsenal Capital Management

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...
suzanne magee

Voices: Suzanne Magee of Bandura on Corporate-Startup Collaboration

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

Carter Williams: Innovation is Not Random

By Carter Williams, President, CEO and Investment Committee of iSelect Funds My great privilege in life is growing up in an entrepreneurial country, receiving a...
Brian Clevinger EQ Prolog

Capital Ideas: Brian Clevinger of Prolog Ventures

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...

5 Things Startup Entrepreneurs Can Learn from a Chef

The food scene in St. Louis has been buzzing locally—and nationally—for years. This was not the case back in 2005, when a young chef...

Interview: Engineering Success

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

Innovator to Know: Diana Zeng

Diana Zeng chose to move to St. Louis— she just didn’t intend to be here longer than four years. A Boston-bred WashU student pursuing...

Cliff Holekamp: Startup Founder, Educator, Connector, Evangelist

As co-founder and general partner at Cultivation Capital, director of the Entrepreneurship Platform at Olin Business School and senior lecturer in and academic director...

Disrupting Beer with Stan Hieronymus

A writer recently characterized as doing "more to advance our understanding of beer than anyone in the past decade" calls St. Louis his home....
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Life Sciences in St. Louis: Q/A with Rick Ryan, General Partner of Cultivation Capital

What's happening in the Life Sciences sector and where is it headed next? We sat down with Rick Ryan to find out. Rick Ryan is...

From STL to Silicon Valley: Sam Altman

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

Voices: Francis Chmelir of ITEN on Corporate-Startup Collaborations

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

On Last Week’s “Bourbon Friday Show” – Erik Lutenegger of Tenacity, and the “New...

Over the last two weeks, myself and a few other entrepreneurs at T-REX decided to organize a live-stream show on social media. In honor of...

St Louis Startup Boom Was 20 Years In The Making

St Louis’ current position as a global leader in plant science and BioTech, didn’t happen overnight. Instead, careful planning over the course of two...
Sheila Sweeney

Interview: Sheila Sweeney on St. Louis’ Emerging AgTech Corridor

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

Creating an Inclusive Ecosystem: Dr. Cheryl Watkins-Moore of BioSTL

Nationwide, the need for increased diversity and inclusion in the startup space has (rightfully) gained more attention. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal...
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Blue1647’s Emile Cambry Recognized for Community Empowerment at SXSW

This is the third of five EQ stories from SXSW. Read the previous ones here. They say good things are worth waiting for. After skipping SXSW for a whole...

Arch Grants Churns Out Accelerator Winners

Amit Kothari has achieved the status of bad ass. The technology entrepreneur steps out of a seminar in Silicon Valley hosted by 500 Startups,...

Catching up with Capital Innovators’ Judy Sindecuse

Judy Sindecuse can be described in many different ways, but resolute may be the most apt description, and her resolve has paid off for...

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

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

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...

5 Startup Events You Can’t Miss This Week

We’ve gathered some of the best events from all over the city to mark on your calendars. If you have events you’d like to see...
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Voices: Amit Kothari of Tallyfy on Corporate-Startup Collaboration

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

Creating an Inclusive Ecosystem: Jennifer Ehlen of Prosper Institute and PWE Startup Accelerator

Nationwide, the need for increased diversity and inclusion in the startup space has (rightfully) gained more attention. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal...

Founder Series: Tyler King of Less Annoying CRM

A talented entrepreneur is born in St. Louis, stays in town for college to attend Washington University, but then migrates west after graduation. Unfortunately, this...

The Bourbon Friday Show Featuring Lisa Hu: Founder and Designer of Lux & Nyx

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show we had the opportunity to talk with Lisa Hu, Founder and Designer of Lux & Nyx,...

Knowledge Drop Recap of 2018 Midwest Digital Marketing Conference

The 2018 Midwest Digital Marketing Conference (MDMC) was full of “gold nuggets and knowledge bombs left and right,” according to Stephanie Liu, one of...
Travis Sheridan Venture Cafe

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...
Brian Matthews

Capital Ideas: Brian Matthews of Cultivation Capital

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...

Holiday Gift Guide: Giving The Gifts Of St. Louis Startups

Making the effort to shop local can be harder with limited time and busy schedules—to cut down on the excuses we’ve gathered a list...

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...

Creating an Inclusive Ecosystem: Dalychia Saah of Arch Grants

Nationwide, the need for increased diversity and inclusion in the startup space has (rightfully) gained more attention. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal...
Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith On Role of Regional Chamber to Bridge the “Valley of Death”

A Regional Chamber Board member describes Andrew in one word: Savant. Andrew Smith recently joined the Regional Chamber as head of Entrepreneurship and Innovation....

3mbassy Helps Early-Stage Startups Build Their Brands

Located at OPO Startups, 3mbassy is a full service agency for startups who have less than 12 months under their belts. With a desire...

Jonathan Allen, Digital Storyteller on STL Community Cast

“We’re used to companies being a single voice. But to succeed in digital, you have to become a social company now. You need everyone...
John Hamer

Capital Ideas: John Hamer, PhD of Monsanto Growth Ventures

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...
STL Fashion Incubator

After Making $5,000 in One Day, She Opened Her Own Boutique

Lia Glynias runs LAUNCH, a fashion boutique in The Hill neighborhood of St. Louis. Her career has taken her from her hometown of St....

Interview: Vin Ko, Program Manager of St. Louis Mosaic Project

Vin Ko is the program manager of the St. Louis Mosaic Project, a program that connects international St. Louis residents. What’s kept you in St....

Arch Grants’ New Executive Director on Why Startups Should Choose St. Louis

Arch Grants recently announced Emily Lohse-Busch as its new Executive Director. EQ had the opportunity to have a candid chat with her about what brought her back to St. Louis, her vision for Arch Grants and her thoughts on the growth of entrepreneurship in St. Louis.

Voices: Ginger Imster of Arch Grants on Corporate-Startup Collaboration

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

Zach Winkler of SafeTrek on Dealing with Uncertain Decisions

What started as an idea for a college contest has become a promising platform for personal security and wellness. In my conversation with Zach...

Voices: Tracie Gildehaus of Maritz on Corporate-Startup Collaboration

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

Capital Ideas: Jay Schmelter of RiverVest

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...

Capital Ideas: Jerry Katz of Billiken Angels Network

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...

Last Week on The Bourbon Friday Show: Kathleen Bauer, Community Director at T-REX

As a major hub for the tech startup scene in St. Louis, T-REX plays a crucial role in the development of many startups. On last...

How Allison Mitchell Made the Leap from Philosophy Major to Fashion Designer

As Richard Branson once said, “In the end, you have to say ‘Screw it. Just do it.’” That means ignore the naysayers, outwork the...
Tracie Gildehaus Maritz

Disrupting Data-Driven Business with Tracie Gildehaus

Data-driven business performance has strong St. Louis roots. Industry giant Maritz has been a leader in the space for decades, and today is dialing...
natacha alpert

Voices: Natacha Alpert of Caleres on Corporate-Startup Collaboration

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

Chicago Social Entrepreneur Emile Cambry Brings Education And Tech Opportunities to St. Louis

If Emile Cambry were to describe his mission in one sentence, it would be "bringing education and economic development together in a cool package." Luckily for St. Louis, he's bringing that mission to the Gateway Center this month with the opening of two facilities.

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...

Disrupting Marketing with Influencers and Nick Szabo

As COO of Swizzle Labs, Nick Szabo wants to help brands and YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat stars understand and build their audiences. Although...

Meet the Underground Storyteller Creating Windows to the Soul (of the City)

Underground culture plays an important role in shaping a community, and one Florissant native is working to reshape how others view Saint Louis. More...

Disrupting the Food Conversation with Vance Crowe of Monsanto

Food is changing, and if we're to feed the world sustainably, all the stakeholders need to talk. Vance Crowe is director of millennial engagement...

Founder Series: Joseph Monahan of Confluence

When Pfizer left St. Louis in 2010, A small team of ex-Pfizer scientists with strong ideas for a new strategic approach to drug discovery research...

Founder Series: Jim Eberlin of TopOPPS

Jim Eberlin is a serial success. Not only has he founded two successful companies that raised more than $200 million combined in institutional investment,...

Why Culture Should Eclipse Technology In St Louis

On Saturday (19th August) from 7pm, international art and tech event series, Art Hack Day, will display an art installation at Cortex that represents...
Mark Bini

Voices: Mark Bini of Express Scripts on Corporate-Startup Collaboration

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

Commentary: Travis Sheridan on St. Louis’ Ecosystem Growing Pains

At my school, students took a test in the third grade to determine if they were “gifted” or not. If a student hit the...

Toi Box Couture’s CEO on the Importance of Inspiring Work Spaces

Three years ago St. Louis native Toi Hall was working two jobs just to make ends meet. Now she is CEO and designer for...

From Norway to St. Louis: An Entrepreneur’s Journey

IT buff and go-getter Geir Karlsen is on a lifelong mission to expand his knowledge — of everything from business acumen to cultural differences. “In...

Spotlight: Crystal Martin on What Entrepreneur Means to Her

Crystal is the St. Louis community engagement manager for LaunchCode. A Michigan native, coding captured her attention and kept her in St. Louis. How did you...

Creating an Inclusive Ecosystem: Christy Maxfield of CET

Nationwide, the need for increased diversity and inclusion in the startup space has (rightfully) gained more attention. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal...

Interview: Kevin O’Malley, US Ambassador to Ireland and St. Louisan

An interview with US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley during the recent delegation to France and Ireland. EQ had the chance to interview Ambassador O’Malley jointly with...

One of the St. Louis Region’s Most Successful Young Founders Launches New Startup

At the recent Arch Grants gala, a phrase was used throughout the evening to describe one of the most important goals of the St....

BlueStrata EHR: The Unique Realities of Late-Stage Entrepreneurial Success

Tony Coco, President BlueStrata EHR, an electronic health records software provider, has entrepreneurship and success in his genes as his family has owned many...

Capital Innovators’ Brian Dixon: The Best Is Yet To Come For Tech In STL

"In the coming years, tech positions will become the most sought-after positions in the city"
Matt Badler

Capital Ideas: Matt Badler of Twain Financial Partners

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...
Atul Kamra

Voices: Atul Kamra of SixThirty on Corporate-Startup Collaboration

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

How A News Producer Found Her Place in the St. Louis Startup Ecosystem

In today's culture it's not uncommon for a person to have more than one career. Gone are the days of our parents and grandparents...

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