6 Startup Events You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

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Plenty of opportunities to get out there and get your feet wet in the STL startup space this week. We’ve gathered some of the best events from all over the city to mark on your calendars.

Ann W. Olin Annual Lecture – Leadership by Design
Tuesday, Jan 19; 7-9pm
Farrell Auditorium, The Saint Louis Art Museum
The Saint Louis Art Museum is partnering with AIGA Saint Louis to present to present Maria Giudice as the Ann W. Olin Lecturer to celebrates the important role that the arts play in business and society. Giudice has pursued a vision of intelligent, elegant, people-centered design throughout her 25-year professional career.  In the lecture, Giudice will share her insights on how creative leadership skills will be a hallmark for the next generation of great companies and organizations.
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1 Million Cups
Wednesday, Jan 20 9-10am
Nine Network of Public Media, Midtown  

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. This week features APP2Speak. APP2Speak™ is an augmentative and alternative communication application for the iPad to help adults communicate their wants and needs when their speech is impaired.
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Wednesday, Jan 20; 6-8pm
LaunchCode’s Mentor Center, Central West End 
CoderGirl is building a network of support for aspiring female coders. Participants, ranging from beginners to long-time programmers, hone their skills alongside fellow aspiring developers and female mentors from companies like Boeing, MasterCard, and Enterprise.
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Startup Wednesdays at OPO Startups
Wednesday, Jan 20; 6:30pm-9pm
OPO Startups, St. Charles 
Third Wednesdays: Mentors. Hear from leading executive coaches and management consultants, entrepreneurs, and transformative business advisors. This week Scott Mosher, founder of Smart Care, discusses their matching funds strategies after receiving an investment from the Missouri Technology Corporation, IDEA Fund.
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The Venture Cafe Gathering
Thursday, Jan 21; 3-8pm
4240 Duncan Ave, Cortex
The weekly Thursday Venture Cafe Gathering of innovators and entrepreneurs. A place for serendipitous collisions to occur. Each week a series of breakout sessions are planned to engage your brain and share your thoughts. This week: Teen Think Tank from SLU’s Center for Entrepreneurship. The Teen Think Tank is a quarterly event at the Venture Cafe Gathering, that allows teens an opportunity to solve real world problems for local entrepreneurs.
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Kickoff Event: Legal Foundations Series with Thompson Coburn
Thursday, Jan 21; 5-7pm
7th Floor, TREX, 911 Wash Ave, Downtown
This kickoff event will start a group of presentations designed to help entrepreneurs and start-ups better understand the legal issues that are key to successfully launching, sustaining, and growing a new venture. The Thompson Coburn Legal Foundations Series launches with “IP 101: The Basics of Intellectual Property Protection.”
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Mary writes for EQ and previously contributed to ALIVE Magazine and worked in the digital marketing field as an account manager. A central Illinois native, she got her news-editorial journalism degree from the University of Illinois and then moved to St. Louis so she wouldn’t have to be around as many Cubs fans. Then she married one.