Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of EQ. He is also the President and Co-founder of Longneck & Thunderfoot (L&T), a brand publishing company incubated at the Columbia University Startup Lab in NYC. After winning an Arch Grant, he moved to St Louis in the summer of 2016.

InvestMidwest Appoints Phyllis Ellison as New Executive Director, Transfers Management Role to Cortex

InvestMidwest has appointed a new Executive Director. Chris Walsh, InvestMidwest’s first and only executive director, is passing the torch to Cortex’s Vice President of Partnerships and Program Development Phyllis Ellison, who will serve as...
Investment Growth STL

Here’s the List of Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in the Greater St Louis...

The Inc. 5000 is a list ranking of the fastest growing privately held, independent, U.S.-based companies that is released each year.

Get Your Product In Front of 1000 People: Startup Connection 2019 Venture Showcase Applications...

Startup Connection ’19 will take place Wednesday, November 6, at The Globe Building at 710 N. Tucker in Downtown St. Louis, running from 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The Future of Retail Banking is Showrooms: Commerce Bank Connect Launches In Central West...

New concept in Central West End is company’s latest investment in St. Louis community.

T-REX Announces Program Director to Lead New Geospatial Center

NGA’s Mark Tatgenhorst to head Geosaurus, slated to open later this year.

Finalists for Cortex Garage Artwork to Present Initial Concepts Tomorrow at Venture Cafe

Three finalists have been selected to present their concepts for the Cortex Garage Artwork project tomorrow, at Venture Café‘s Thursday Gathering on August 1st at 4240 Duncan Avenue.The three finalists have developed concept...

MOSourceLink Publishes Regional and Statewide Entrepreneur Ecosystem Guide Map

MOSourceLink has released its statewide Resource Rail, a map of the resources available to entrepreneurs and business owners across the state of Missouri, region by region.Available in a physical version as well as a...

Building Your Thought Leadership Brand Is More Than Writing Articles

Thought Leadership starts with getting comfortable with your unique voice and perspective. Much harder than it sounds!

Oakland Capital Partners Announces Former Wind Capital Group CEO Tom Carnahan As Partner

Clayton-based Oakland Capital identifies and partners with businesses with significant potential for growth.

This July St. Louis Restaurants Team Up To Fight Hunger Locally

Dine out and do good this July! Over 90 St. Louis restaurants have banded together to participate in Operation Food Search’s 9th Annual Tomato Explosion event. The event will raise money to help connect...

Advocado Hires Chief Revenue Officer to Build Out National Sales Team, Targeting 210 TV...

Former Sales Director of the largest cable TV and internet service provider in the US will power Advocado's revenue growth.

The Best Tweets From That Day When St. Louis Brought the Stanley Cup Home

Go Blues! Drawing gigantic crowds for the Stanley Cup Finals, the city's Twitter's game was strong too.

Clever Real Estate Raises $3.5M To Disrupt Outdated Real Estate Agent Commission Model

In just two years, Clever Real Estate has successfully tapped every cornerstone of the St. Louis Startup Ecosystem, to source $5M in funding from investors committed to midwest regional development.

Lyft Announces New LGBTQ+ Inclusion Features in St. Louis

One of Lyft’s core values is to ‘be yourself,’ and to that end, Lyft has announced new initiatives and product features as part of our ongoing commitment to inclusivity and the St. Louis LGBTQ+...

Coolfire Studios Unveils New Downtown Creative Co-Working Space

Members get a 25% discount on digital video studio and gear rentals, in addition to post-production capabilities.

On St. Louis Business Journal: Gremlin Social Joins FIS Fintech Accelerator Program

Gremlin cements change in direction from social media compliance to sales-enablement tool for the financial services industry.

Memorial Day: Time Train Project Invites Public to Draw Street Art at Cherokee Caravan

A group of artists from are installing a 32 feet long painting, entitled the Time Train, at today's Memorial Day celebration at the 2nd annual Cherokee Caravan.A livestream of the project in...

Cortex Expands with Re-invention of Historic 4340 Duncan Building

The $44 million, 15-month renovation of 4340 Duncan in the Cortex Innovation District is nearly complete, and demonstrates the connection, collaboration and community partnership taking place around innovation and entrepreneurship in the St. Louis...

Coming May 16th 2019: TEDxGatewayArch Chapter to Host Healthcare Focused Mini-Conference

Local and National Healthcare Experts Present Experiential Findings

EQ, St. Louis Post Dispatch, and, Join Forces on #TaxDay to Discuss Media’s...

Our new session at #EQLeadershipLabs offers an extremely rare opportunity to sit down with established media organizations and media literacy experts to dig into the underpinning philosophy of media and the role it plays in society.
Ameren Accelerator

2019 Ameren Accelerator Seeks Startups to Develop Smart Community Tech and Clean Energy Solutions

Now in its third year, the program is helping meet evolving customer needs and expectations and attract companies and jobs to the St. Louis region.

Arts and Education Council Names 5 Finalists in stARTup Creative Competition

The Arts and Education Council has named five finalists in the third annual stARTup Creative Competition. A partnership with the PNC Foundation, the competition encourages the development of great ideas with art at their...

Tomorrow: Join SLU and the NGA for the Geo-Resolution 2019 Conference

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and Saint Louis University (SLU) are co-sponsoring a new geospatial conference in St. Louis to bring together the government, academic and industry partners who are growing the Geospatial Ecosystem...

First CORTEX Restaurant Week Kicks Off Today

The first Cortex restaurant week debuts on Monday, April 1st to Sunday, April 7th. Today Saturday, March 30th IKEA will kick off the celebration with free Swedish Meatballs tastings at in their store from...

EQ Leadership Dojo Examines the Role of Influence in Leadership

Influence. Do you attain it by being recognized as a leader or is it a prerequisite of successful leadership? Of course, that’s a false dichotomy, the answer is, “Yes, both.”But how do you...

The New EQ Town Hall: An Open Forum for You to Be Part of...

Back in the early 1600s Town Hall meetings were a way for residents to have a voice in the important issues of the day. Which makes it highly appropriate for EQ to refer to...

GiftAMeal Selected as Top 25 for Startup of the Year SXSW Competition

GiftAMeal to compete in Austin against top startups from around the world.

Calling all Digital Marketing and Media Startups! MDMC Hosting Pitch Competition

The Midwest Digital Marketing Conference (MDMC19) and EC@UMSL are inviting local digital media or marketing startups to apply for the 2019 Midwest Digital Marketing Conference Digital Media Startup Pitch Competition.Startups can compete against...

EQ has Partnered with MDMC to Create a New 1-Day Conference Celebrating St. Louis’...

It is with great pleasure and pride that I announce EQ's next adventure! We've had a number of amazing partners sprinting on this project for the last three months and we'll be highlighting...

New Event Series: First EQ Leadership Dojo Today; 3:30pm at Venture Café

Leadership is changing. And I believe that media has a responsibility to inform and support that change.Which is why EQ was a sponsor for the Return to Your Power “Brain Optimization Workshop Series” last...

Crowdfunding Microbes that Eat Mosquito Larvae to Slow Spread of Disease is Latest Campaign...

St. Louis' regional crowdfunding platform adds two new campaigns in 2019, looking for investments in Pluton Biosciences and CAD Trailer Designs.

St. Louis Regional Chamber Launches Diverse Business Accelerator

Diverse Business Accelerator is a long term project and, "a first for the Chamber."

Startup Resolutions: Here’s What You’re NOT Chasing in 2019

Last weekend saw "the most depressing day of the year," come and go. January 12th (in the UK it’s today, January 21st, known as #bluemonday) is statistically the day when most people give up...

How St. Louis Activism Made Lemonade in 2018

We're almost a month into 2019 already, but with New Year's day falling on a Wednesday, this year got more of a gentle start than most. So, EQ's 'Member Berries' series that recaps all of the cool stuff that happened in 2018 is definitely a little late but we've got plenty of reasons to be cheerful.

How St. Louis Made Tech Headlines in 2018

While economic development organizations have always known this, recognition that Tech companies have an important role to play in the economic development of a city has been growing steadily among the investor community. As Tech investors grapple with an increasing sense of social responsibility, they have been looking to inspiration from cities outside of their traditional purview. Remarkably, St. Louis' startup ecosystem was often on their radar. In 2018, after years of stealthy bus tours to the Midwest, prominent investors started acting on their meditations, putting St. Louis at the center of many conversations.

Ten Semi-Finalists Announced for $1,000,000 Pitch Competition

But only five go through to the finals; where they'll pitch live in a shark tank style event on January 28, 2019, at Chaifetz Arena.

National Competition Awards Young Entrepreneur Fellowship to 3 MO Startup Founders

Non-profit organization, Future Founders, who "believes every youth can become an entrepreneur," has selected eighteen entrepreneurs to participate in its 2019 Fellowship program, three of whom hail from Missouri.“The 2019 Fellows are some of...

Text Messages Are Getting A Major Upgrade

With RCS, those futuristic cyberpunk dreams of bite-size AIs and a persistent mobile web become evenly distributed.

Wellston Business Center Helped Bella Lavish Decorations Take Passion Project Full Time

Radiology technologist-turned-balloon decorator finds mentorship and room to grow at the STL Partnership Business Center @ Wellston.

SwipeSum Raises A Cool Million

St. Louis FinTech startup that offers a credit card processing marketplace to eliminate merchant fees is backed by notable angel investors.

Conversational AI Platform nativeMsg Powers RCS Campaign for Farm Journal

Farm Journal Media, the nation’s leading business information and media company serving the agricultural market, has announced the launch of Rich Communication Services (RCS) messaging utilizing the nativeMsg platform and leveraging the award winning...

Applied Particle Technology Wins $100,000 in NASA Earth and Space Air Prize Competition

St. Louis cleanTech startup just won their ticket to the moon.

SensrTrx Partners With Jitterbit to Deliver API Integration Platform Capabilities

SensrTrx, a cloud-based manufacturing analytics application, 2016 Arch Grants recipient and 2017 Ameren Accelerator alum has announced a partnership with Jitterbit, an API transformation company providing agile, cloud-based integration.The SensrTrx platform provides visibility...

Key2Enable Launch Crowdfunding Campaign for Key-X Keyboard for Cerebral Palsy

Key2Enable, a Portfolio Company of Singularity University, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGogo to fund the large-scale production and distribution of their product, Key-X, a keyboard designed for those with Cerebral Palsy.The Key-X...

STL Entrepreneurs: Don’t Miss “For Creators By Creators” on December 12th

These guys want to help you turn your product idea into a product reality.
Brown Smith Wallace St Louis

Monetery Summit in Des Moines to Discuss Building Midwest Tech Ecosystems

Monetery, a tech summit in the Midwest which is organized and produced by Dwolla, a digital payment platform similar to Square has announced dates for its second year. The conference is to be held...

I Love This Radical Approach To Workforce Development

Entrepreneur Quest Student Accelerator Competition, the first ever collaboration of universities statewide, got off to a phenomenal start.

Clever Real Estate Raises $1M From Spirit of St. Louis Fund

Clever Real Estate has now raised a total of $1.5M in venture capital.

The Yield Lab Launches Venture Fund and Accelerator Program in Asia Pacific

The Yield Lab opens agrifood tech venture fund and accelerator program in Singapore.
launchcode expansion

Boeing Awards $165,000 Grant to Enable Over 600 LaunchCode Students

Boeing has awarded a $165,000 grant to LaunchCode to support free training and job placement for more than 600 aspiring technologists in St. Louis. The goal of the grant funding is to provide driven...

Project Planning Begins On Chouteau Greenway, Community Input Requested

Great Rivers Greenway (GRG) and partners have completed the final phase of the Chouteau Greenway International Design Competition, a 1-year public-private partnership to imagine a greenway focused on connectivity, economic opportunity, equity and sustainability...

MADE Opens New Space to St. Louis’ Vocal Maker Community

Exactly one year after TechShop went dark in Cortex, the lights have be turned back on. The local maker community in St. Louis have been invited back into a new, larger makerspace on Delmar...

20 Startups Commit to St. Louis to Level Up Our City

Arch Grants has awarded $1,000,000 in grant funds to 20 new startups and early-stage businesses from across the country and around the globe. The winners were announced at the 6th annual Arch Grants Gala...

GiftAMeal Wins Two Awards at Startup Connection

GiftAMeal takes away $12,500 in prizes.

Butterscotch Shenanigans Crash Land Onto Nintendo Switch (In A Good Way)

The St. Louis based game development studio, Butterscotch Shenanigans (who's first taste of the limelight was at a Startup Connection event) have just published a new game. Crashlands, their crafting-adventure game with RPG elements...

CentriCrude Is Latest Company to Seek Startup Funding via Nvested Crowdfunding Platform

St. Louis-area crowdfunding platform Nvsted opens the door for investors nationwide to invest in technology platform CentriCrude that repurposes unused crude oil.

PATHbinder Host #HackAutism Event to Solve Issues Around Autism Spectrum Disorder

While many St. Louisans held Halloween celebrations during the weekend of October 27, programmers came together for #HackAutism, a coding competition to develop tech solutions for PATHbinderTM, a web application and companion binder KIT...

Six People Confirm This Office is Haunted

Halloween Special: Startups think about disruption all the time, but late night project sprints at T-Rex – a coworking space in St Louis, Missouri – have seen startup founders getting their own work disrupted. By a ghost.

Chaifetz Group Launches Competition to Offer $1 Million in Follow-on Capital to Arch Grant...

Arch Grants announces inaugural Chaifetz STLaunch pitch competition to win $1,000,000 equity investment from Chaifetz Group.

Adults with Developmental Disabilities to be Taught Salesforce to Create Employment Opportunities

The BCI Skills Center is proud to announce the launch of an innovative program to teach adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities the skills needed to gain employment in roles that require knowledge of...

Heartland Hyperloop, Inc. Joins Missouri Hyperloop Coalition

The Missouri Hyperloop Coalition, the group leading efforts to bring Hyperloop technology to Missouri, is excited to announce that Heartland Hyperloop, Inc. led by Travis H. Brown and Steven Tilley have joined the Coalition....

The Coworking Guide to St. Louis

Let EQ guide you through all the shared office space amenities available to startups interested in coworking in St. Louis.

GiftAMeal Raises $165,000 From Angel Investors

St. Louis startup, GiftAMeal, has successfully raised its second round of seed funding. Their product empowers restaurant marketing while feeding the hungry.GiftAMeal is a mobile application that helps provide a meal to someone in...
Stadia Ventures

Hatcher+ And Stadia Ventures Announce Multi-Year Partnership To Invest In SportsTech Startups

Stadia Ventures and Hatcher+ announce partnership to co-invest in early-stage companies accepted into the Stadia Accelerator program.

St. Louis Startup “WatchUGot” Looks to Bring Challenges and Charities Together As One

These founders won't be shy if you ask them to "show me WatchUGot?"

NappyMe, An On Demand App for Textured Hair Stylists Launches in the US

NappyMe, a "digital hair salon," will debut in Atlanta in a few weeks to meet the needs of African-American women and their curly hair. CEO & co-founder of NappyMe, Ange Bouable, is teeing up...

Edwardsville Entrepreneur Develops Touch Screen Purses (As Preventative Measure Against Breast Cancer)

A line of touch screen purses designed to give women a safe place to keep their phones has exceeded $1 million in sales in its first year.Save the Girls Touch Screen Purse Company was...

Arlan Hamilton of Backstage Capital to Speak in St. Louis

On Friday, October 19, 2018, the VISION conference returns to St. Louis. VISION 2018 is St. Louis' annual conference for women, minorities, immigrants and anyone interested in starting or growing a business in science,...

5 Things You’ll Get Out Of Participating in This Week’s GlobalHack

Whether you're a world-class hacker or a programming novice, there's something valuable to be gained for everyone who takes part in GlobalHack VII.

UMSL Business Invites 40 Companies to Attend UMSL Marketing Intern and Job Fair

UMSL Business are hosting the UMSL Marketing Career Fair. The career fair is 100% dedicated to just marketing jobs and will feature recent UMSL graduates and current students.If you're a company looking to make...

Startup Talent Showcase Returns for Fall 2018

Not your typical job fair, the Startup Talent Showcase brings together innovative companies and top regional talent and connects the two via a pitch-style format.Registration to attend the all-day event is now open,...

5 Roles Every Hackathon Team Needs

Successful hackathon teams are made up of more than just coders. Here are five roles that every hackathon team will need to compete.

Two Silicon Valley Heroes Share the Love for St. Louis

Two prominent figures in the Silicon Valley tech scene recently made public displays of affection for our city.

What To Expect At This Year’s GlobalHack: A Step-by-Step Guide

Never attended a GlobalHack hackathon before? We'll walk you through the process.

Geniecast Is Transforming Access to Experts

As a startup founder and business owner myself, I have to admit to exhaling a sigh of relief when Keith Alper - the definition of a serial entrepreneur in St. Louis - levels with...

Steve Case at TechCrunch Disrupt: Partnerships Are Critical To The Third Wave Of Tech...

The Third Wave is Steve Case’s thesis (his book) that a new economy will emerge across the United States in cities that typically do not attract much venture capital. The pattern of venture funding...

J.D. Vance at TechCrunch Disrupt: Startups Don’t Have To Be in Silicon Valley

Last week, on the main stage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, J.D. Vance, managing partner of Rise of the Rest explained that the $150m fund doesn't seek to take a specifically “anti Silicon Valley”...

Steve Case at TechCrunch Disrupt: There’ll be an AgTech startup belt around St. Louis

Are certain regions better equipped to handle certain type of startups?

A “No” from Arch Grants Isn’t a “No” to Your Business

Once you've had a chance to take advantage of St. Louis's other startup resources, talk with your mentors, and strengthen your application, you should definitely consider re-applying the following year.

Network Density And Resilient Ecosystem All Help Startup Cities Attract Catalytic Capital

With venture capital funds such as Rise of the Rest standing by, there's no reason regional cities and local startup communities have to go it alone says Revolution partner David Hall.

From Collaboration to Product Validation: An Interview with SentiAR CEO Jim Howard

Medical software company SentiAR is bringing innovation in augmented reality (AR) technology to the healthcare world. CEO Jim Howard opens up about the St. Louis-based connections that have helped mobilize his vision for the future of medicine.

A Key Goal for Nevada’s Entrepreneurial Blueprint: Resilience in Tech

At the Venture Beat BLUEPRINT conference earlier this year, EQ contributor Luke Babich conducted a short interview with the Governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval. We discussed his vision for a “New Nevada” based on...

From Science Research to IoT Device Design: Plant Analytics Startup Grows With Arch Grants

Dr. Nadia Shakoor is pioneering the future of agriculture and plant research with an IoT-enabled phenotyping and data collection device. She opens up about her debut in the business world.

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

Geir Karlsen from AppsCo opens up about the valuable resources that have helped him lift his tech startup to international heights.

GlobalHack’s 2018 Hackathon To Focus On Improving The Foreign Born Experience

Until June 8th, all available tickets for GlobalHack 2018 are 50% off. This year's hackathon represents the 7th flagship event for GlobalHack.

Heartland Hyperloop Could Create New Megaregion In Missouri

Are you ready to travel, magnetically suspended in a vacuum tube, hurtling at speeds upwards of 700 MPH?

It Takes a Village (and Universities Directly Engaging the Startup Ecosystem) to Retain Talent...

Two student entrepreneurs share how they made their way through University to founding a startup.

Universities in St. Louis Are More Engaged Than Ever In the Startup Ecosystem

Universities in St. Louis are becoming startup incubators themselves.

Diagnostics Tool Developer Secures $1M in Funding to Detect GI Disease

For life sciences startup Geneoscopy, successful fundraising meant finding creative applications for their technology, accepting and implementing feedback, and lots of stool samples.

What “Jedi Mind Tricks” Have Helped In Your Professional Career? #StarWarsDay

Today is May 4th, as in "May the 4th," as in "May The Force," aka #StarWarsDay. Hell yeah. It's like an internet thing.Probably the first time any of of us saw "The Force," in...

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