9 STL Startup Events To Keep On Your Radar This Week // Aug. 17-21

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Venture Cafe


Startup Wednesdays at OPO
Wed., Aug 19 | 6:30pm
119 South Main Street | St. Charles
As part of the weekly event series at OPO Startups, the startup incubator in St. Charles, it’s “Mentor Night” this week with Dr. Tom Hill from Arete. Enjoy drinks, snacks and connecting on Main Street. Details online.  

Venture Cafe
Thurs., Aug 20 | 3-8pm
CIC@4240, 4240 Duncan Ave.
Highlights this week include:

  • Office hours with Influence & Co., a marketing firm that specializes in helping individuals leverage their expertise to create content platforms.
  • A breakout on “The 21st Century Transportation Revolution” (7pm), where facilitators guide a conversation to answer questions like “Can bicycling become an everyday alternative to motoring?” and “How do we move beyond the distrust that so many cyclists and motorists feel for each other?”
  • A session on “Emotional Intelligence in Entrepreneurship” (5:30). We’re partial to this one because our name, “EQ” was inspired as much as a need for an acronym (Entrepreneur Quarterly) as our regard for Emotional Intelligence (EQ=”emotional quotient”). We look forward to this session that promises to “explore Emotional Intelligence on a personal, social, and business level while providing participants with usable techniques and strategies for increasing their personal EQ and the EQ of their business.”
  • 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.

Accelerate St. Louis Ballpark Village Friday Meeting
Fri., Aug. 21 | 4-6pm | Free
Ballpark Village | Downtown
Join Accelerate St. Louis for its “Friday Meeting” at Howl at the Moon in Ballpark Village. Network with St. Louis startups and investors, and enjoy complimentary appetizers and beer courtesy of the Ballpark Village Beer Man. The event will also feature a pitch contest where three selected startups will have the opportunity to give a two-minute pitch in front of judges from the St. Louis startup ecosystem and local media. The winner will receive a Ballpark Village prize package. If you want to pitch, simply register as a pitching company with your RSVP and the Accelerate team will be in touch to inform you if you have been selected. RSVP online in advance.


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

Prosper Accelerator applications open September 1. 


GlobalHack V
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.

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
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.