STL Startup News: Weekly Download – Jan. 29

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

Iconic Investments

The CityArchRiver Foundation has met its campaign goal to raise $250 million in private funding to renovate the Gateway Arch. Of that money, $221 million will be put towards construction costs for the $380 million project, and the remaining $29 million will help maintain and operate the park, according to a statement by the foundation. The Arch grounds renovation also received $90 million in public money, funded through revenue from Proposition P, a ballot measure approved by St. Louis City and County voters in 2013.

Local Boy Does Good, Tells How

Sam Altman, St. Louis native and president of Y Combinator, one of the world’s most prestigious startup accelerators, will give a lecture at Washington University on Feb. 11 about “what it’s really like to start a startup.” Altman will be joined by Wash U alum Dave Messina, chief operating officer of Cofactor GenomicsRegister to attend the talk here.


Pipeline, a Kansas City business development program, named St. Louis entrepreneur Tom Hillman the recipient of its Entrepreneurial Leadership Award. Hillman is a former executive of Answers Corp., and currently the managing partner of FTL Capital Partners and managing director of Lewis and Clark Ventures.


Skejul, a St. Louis startup that developed a meeting scheduling tool, will soon be used to make arranging home-service healthcare appointments easier and more time-efficient. New Hampshire-based forms processing and automation company ChartaCloud announced this week that it would implement Skejul into its healthcare and business field service sectors.


St. Louis AgTech accelerator Yield Lab announced seven startups that were accepted into its second round of portfolio companies. The cohort includes two St. Louis-based companies, Nanoguard Technologies and APSE. The other five are: Agribody Technologies (San Diego, Calif.) AgVoice (Atlanta, Ga.), BayoTech (Denver, Colo.), Cryoocyt (Boston, Mass.) and Till (Los Gatos, Calif.) The companies receive up to $100,000 in funding in exchange for equity, along with specialized curriculum and one-on-one mentorship from the 9-month program. 

Upcoming deadlines

Applications for Arch Grants’ Spring 2016 cohort is Feb. 15. Apply here.

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

Stadia Ventures Accelerator applications for Spring 2016 are open through Jan. 31. 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.