STL Startup News: Weekly Download – Feb. 26

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Here’s a recap of STL startup news this week. Have news to share? Email us at

Event Announcements

LouFest founder Brian Cohen and Cortex president and CEO Dennis Lower announced plans for a three-day festival to be held Sept. 23-25. The focus of the all-ages festival, named Murmuration, will be intersections of music, art, science and technology. It will feature ticketed and free events on indoor and outdoor stages in the Cortex district. Events will include concerts, speakers and a juried art competition. Read more of EQ’s coverage of Murmuration here.

St. Louis University will host and sponsor a $1 million GlobalHack competition in October. GlobalHack VI will be the largest programming competition the St. Louis-based nonprofit has organized. Since its first hackathon in 2013, GlobalHack has given away $275,000 in prize money to competitors. Event organizers say they expect more than 2,500 participants to vie for the $1 million prize this fall. To read more about GlobalHack VI, click here.

Kickstarter Launches

St. Louis-based Babyation launched a $50,000 Kickstarter campaign this week to help get its discreet, smart-phone enabled breast-pump prototype to market. Babyation won an Arch Grant last year and moved to St. Louis from Connecticut as  of the $50,000 non-equity grant. Making a donation of at least $350 to the campaign gets you a Babyation pump, which are expected to ship in March 2017. Check out the Kickstarter campaign here.

Opinion Wanted

Are you a woman and an business owner? Prosper Women Entrepreneurs, GlobalHack and LaunchCode want to gauge your interest about attending a hackathon for people who have never participated in one before. Organizers say the event could help business owners understand how to use technology to scale their businesses. Those interested can fill out a survey here.

Upcoming deadlines

Registration is still open for ProductCamp St. Louis 2016, held at Webster University on Feb. 27. Apply here.

Registration for Prosper Women Entrepreneur Startup Accelerator applications for Fall 2016 is open. Decisions will be made by late summer. Apply here.

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Brian Heffernan is St. Louis-based freelance journalist who has been published by Al Jazeera America, Riverfront Times and St. Louis Magazine. He also runs product and communications for Joojoo, a St. Louis startup that helps friends share recommendations about where to go, what to do and whom to hire. Brian earned both a master's and bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and loves corndogs.