11 Startup And Innovation Events For Your Calendar This Week

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CoderGirl Speaker Series Featuring UI/UX Designer Chris Feix
Wed., Aug 26, 6pm
Business Strategist and Designer Chris Feix will give a talk called “Why UX #FAILS,” wherein he describes the differences between UX vs UI vs CX, discusses process, leadership, and team-building failures, and “how to win.”

Laser Night
Thurs., Aug 27
Arch Reactor | 2400 South Jefferson Ave., 63104
Learn how to use the laser cutter, talk about laser cutters, work on laser cutter projects and more.

Venture Cafe
Thurs., Aug 27 | 3-8pm
CIC@4240, 4240 Duncan Ave. | Cortex
Highlights this week include:

  • Office hours with LaunchCode’s Crystal Martin, Community Education Coordinator and CoderGirl Organizer.
  • A breakout called “Attract Funding: Standing Out in Front of St. Louis Venture Capitalists,” hosted by Rubin Brown
  • A session hosted by The World Cooking Project at 6pm, whose goal is to “create an international community through online preparation of dishes from around the world.”
  • Last but not least, EQ will have office hours from 4-6pm. Look for future office hour times with EQ founder Kelly Hamilton and sign up to share your story.

Sun., Aug 30 | 5-7pm
Death in the Afternoon, 808 Chestnut St. | Downtown
The sponsor this month is Blood & Sand. Even though applications to present your idea has passed, you can still participate. RSVP on Facebook to attend, or sign up to volunteer.


Arch Grants 
applications for fall 2015 are due August 30 at 11:59pm.

Prosper Accelerator applications open September 1. 


GlobalHack V
CIC@4240 | Cortex
This year,  GlobalHack teams will host its first civic hack. Teams will focus on creating technology solutions to make it easier for people to navigate the criminal justice system and resolve their issues faster. Winning teams win prizes from $5,000-$30,000. It’s never too late to create a new team or recruit more members. Advance registration ends the day before the event.

9/2, 8am-6pm
COCA | University City
Featuring a keynote by John Maeda and morning address by Sharon Price John of Build-A-Bear, followed by afternoon sessions facilitated by pairs of business pros and professional artists, COCAbiz SPARK’s #RiskCreativity mantra this year is packed with content for anyone looking for an inspired day away from the desk. Register at cocabiz.com.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Panel
9/10, 6-8pm
Washington University in St. Louis, Whitaker Hall, Atrium
With unprecedented opportunities for high-tech startups in St. Louis, learn what it takes to launch a successful business from some of the  region’s entrepreneurial leaders. Panelists include Dedric Carter, Associate Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Washington University; Jason Hall, Vice President for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, St. Louis Regional Chamber; Stephanie Leffler CEO, Crowdsource; Rob Cima
CEO, FeatherShark; and Travis Sheridan, Executive Director of Venture Cafe Foundation. Learn more at tlcenter.wustl.edu, emailing profedtraining@wustl.edu or calling 314.935.4444.

Creating Tomorrow Together: St. Louis Regional Chamber Annual Event
9/16, 5:30pm pre-event networking; 7pm program; 8pm reception
Peabody Opera House | Downtown
Approximately 1500 leaders gather for the Regional Chamber’s annual event, and this year’s focus on Innovation promises an exciting program. Tickets available online.

Startup Connection
11/18, 5-9pm
Washington University, Knight Hall
Tickets: $25 online
Considered the celebration of entrepreneurship in St. Louis, StartupConnection serves as the premiere event during Global Entrepreneurship Week happening November 16-22. Startup Connection brings together the entire startup community under one roof, to celebrate St. Louis’ top early-stage companies and showcase the region’s entrepreneur support organizations. Last year’s event drew over 1,200 people.

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Kelly is Cofounder/Managing Partner of EQ and Cofounder of ALIVE Media Group. After earning an M.A. in literature at Washington University in St. Louis, Kelly cofounded ALIVE in 2002. He believes becoming an entrepreneur can change not only the life of that entrepreneur, but also his/her community and the world, and that being able to tell stories of transformation like that is the best job one could have.