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Startup Connection, the St. Louis region’s annual event focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, takes place on November 16 at Washington University. Today, event organizers announced the 70+ startups selected to participate in this year’s Venture Showcase. These companies will have the opportunity to pitch to members of the innovation and business community and in front of an expected audience of more than 1,300.
As the region’s largest startup event, Startup Connection highlights the breadth of innovation in St. Louis across various industry sectors. The 70+ early-stage startups represent industries ranging from biotechnology and advanced manufacturing to consumer products and tech. The event also features a Resource Fair for organizations that provide resources, services and connections for startup companies.
“Startup Connection is a great event to attend to see what’s new in St. Louis’ startup community,” said Startup Connection Managing Director Phyllis Ellison, director of entrepreneur services and institutional & corporate partnerships at the Cortex Innovation Community. “We have an exciting group of companies this year that really emphasizes the variety of technology and innovation happening in the region.”
Attendees can hear companies’ 60-second pitches, meet the ventures and browse the Resource Fair on Wednesday, November 16 at Knight Hall on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis from 4:30 until 9pm. New this year is a student competition.
Accelerate St. Louis is returning as the title sponsor for the event, and Simplify Commerce and Washington University in St. Louis are returning as Venture Showcase sponsor and Resource Fair sponsor, respectively.
Here is the list of the 70 startups selected to participate in Venture Showcase:
Applied Particle Technology
Blue Line Technology
Displays That Pay
Eat Kid Friendly
Impact Control Wheel
International PROOF Systems
Less Annoying CRM
Longneck & Thunderfoot
Riley’s Premium Pet Products
Roy Learning Company
Send Well Wishes
Start Right Foods
The Call List
Where Do You Nom
Startup Connection ’16 is organized by Arch Grants, BioSTL, Cortex Innovation Community, Eagle Bank and Trust Co., GlobalHack, ITEN, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, St. Louis Makes and the St. Louis Regional Chamber. Started in 2008 as an effort to connect IT startups with corporate talent, Startup Connection has grown to be a collaboration of the St. Louis entrepreneur support organizations, civic entities and investment community. This year included the addition of a Host Committee focusing on outreach, comprised of Eagle Bank and Trust Co., Anders CPA + Advisors, Cultivation Capital, Full Circle, and MasterCard.
Tickets to Startup Connection are $25 and are available online.