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

When political leaders, corporate executives, and startups founders poured into Reno, Nevada for VentureBeat’s BLUEPRINT 2018 Conference, they were congregating to discuss burgeoning economic...

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....
VentureBeat’s BLUEPRINT 2018 Conference

Blueprints for an Entrepreneurial Future in America’s Heartland

The big question of 2018 is: how can America’s heartland -- especially cities that have been overlooked in the recent obsession with Silicon Valley...

Consumer Trends Drive AgTech Industry Development Slowly But Surely

Ultimately, technology, international trade, and generational changes in consumer behavior could bring about a farming industry that aligns with the Millennial values of trust,...

Brazen Elevator Pitch Event Winner: Shayba Muhammad On Being In Flow

People are often told that in order to be successful, one must put aside anything and everything that does not directly serve your creative...

Building a Fair Trade Clothing Brand in St. Louis: Meet Beautiful Mexicana

Fabiola Pasquel Chalini runs Beautiful Mexicana, a sustainable women's clothing brand 100% handmade by artisans in Mexico. Chalini moved to St. Louis from Mexico...

Redeveloped Downtown St. Louis Garment District Aims to “Turn Young Fashion Designers Into Successful...

In January the St. Louis Fashion Fund, Downtown STL and St. Louis Development Corporation announced the "re-development" plan for the St. Louis Garment District, a...

Farmers Aren’t Just the Backbone of America. They’re People Too.

Everyone from advertisers to food security experts would do well to remember that farmers are people — just like the rest of us. They...

Agriculture Is A Bellwether Industry; AgTech A Bellwether Of Change In The Heartland

Davos on the Delta just hosted its second three-day conference last week (May 15-17) at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. The AgTech conference is...
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Davos On The Delta Connects Farmers, Distributors, and Buyers, to Spur Innovation in AgTech

For the founders of iSelect Fund, Craig Herron and Carter Williams and their partners, holding a conference like Davos on the Delta around the...

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...
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The Bourbon Friday Show Featuring Lisa Hu: Founder and Designer of Lux & Nyx

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show we had the opportunity to talk with Lisa Hu, Founder and Designer of Lux & Nyx,...

Creator Platform for Private Label Fashion Designers is Reclaiming Threads of St. Louis’ History

Most entrepreneurs would not launch a company with two businessmen from different corners of the globe and little industry experience. Tiffany Chimal is not...

How Allison Mitchell Made the Leap from Philosophy Major to Fashion Designer

As Richard Branson once said, “In the end, you have to say ‘Screw it. Just do it.’” That means ignore the naysayers, outwork the...
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After Making $5,000 in One Day, She Opened Her Own Boutique

Lia Glynias runs LAUNCH, a fashion boutique in The Hill neighborhood of St. Louis. Her career has taken her from her hometown of St....

Facebook Partners With Claim Academy in St. Louis

Facebook has announced a workforce development program called Facebook Bootcamp and partnered with Ola Ayeni, founder of the coding bootcamp company, Claim Academy.As...
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New Digital Literacy Program Brings Coding to the Community

​LaunchCode, a national nonprofit focused on creating pathways to careers in technology, has announced the Discovery program, made possible by a partnership with Facebook’s...
VentureBeat’s BLUEPRINT 2018 Conference

7 Awesome Moments from VentureBeat’s #BLUEPRINT2018 Conference

Urban centers along American coastlines may have helped usher the new, digital economy into maturity, but they won’t be the only ones pushing the...

Homegrown Men’s Fashion Week Concept Follows In Footsteps Of Global Trends

Many consider fashion to be a female-focused industry. You can argue it either way -- but Dwight Carter and the team behind Gent won’t...

St. Louis Fashion Fund Reveals Plans to Reach “Critical Mass” in Downtown Garment District

St. Louis-based real estate firm Tower Real Estate Group will collaborate with the St. Louis Fashion Fund, Downtown STL, and Saint Louis Development Corporation to...

Drop By Drop: How Rapid Growth Killed My First Startup

Houston, we have a problem.Our small group of beta testers for Drizzle SMS had gone viral. In a matter of hours, we had 10,000...

Startup Growth: Slow and Steady — Or Fast and Furious?

At Startup Connection 2017, EQ set up a live video studio at The Globe Building in Downtown St. Louis.The Globe Building is home to lightning-fast...

STL Fashion Startup Scene Gathers Momentum: Another Designer Chooses St Louis

Designer and maker Brandin Vaughn is opening his first-ever brick-and-mortar boutique on Cherokee Street this Friday, February 2nd.The opening marks a milestone for the...

Want to Supercharge Your Startup? Apply for Arch Grants’ 2018 Startup Competition

The Arch Grants team is thrilled to announce the 2018 Arch Grants Global Startup Competition. The competition opens on February 1st to startups around...

Tips On Pursuing a Career in Entrepreneurship: Finding a Startup That Works For You

Finding the right fit at a startup is a process that can be challenging, exciting, self-reflective, and empowering. Check out Suzanne’s story and her...

5 Fashion Designers That Will Make You Feel Like A New Person In 2018

We’ve all been thinking about our 2018 New Year’s Resolutions.Aside from starting 2018 at the newly opened Shake Shack here in St. Louis (ok...

Rewind 2017: A Year of STL Community Cast

2017 was a good year for St Louis. Admittedly, I’m biased. I probably feel that way because I go out of my way to...

Rent the Runway CEO Taps St. Louis for its Re-Emerging Garment District

Jennifer Hyman, the co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway, will deliver the 13th Annual St. Louis Business Journal Women’s Conference keynote on January...

5 Reasons Students And Job Seekers Should Participate At The Upcoming Startup Talent Showcase

We all know that looking for a job is a full-time job. As a student, finding the perfect summer internship is a difficult task...

Is Blockchain the Future of Real Estate?

Blockchain technology could revolutionize real estate by streamlining transactions, heightening transparency, and increasing efficiency across the board.As more people and industries become aware of...

5 Reasons Why Your Company Will Not Want To Miss The Upcoming Startup Talent...

Let's face it, the hiring process can be grueling. Most startups don't have an HR person or a formalized hiring process and need alternative...

Startup Resolutions: Here’s What You’re Chasing In 2018

What's Your Startup Resolution for the New Year and Why?We invited members of the St Louis Startup Ecosystem to respond to that question. Their...

Maxine Clark on Bridging the Delmar Divide with Social Entrepreneurship

Maxine Clark, the well known philanthropist and creator of Build-a-Bear Workshop, is leading a redevelopment project to transform an old hospital on Delmar into...

What Would You Do With A 900 Meg Upload Speed?

This year's Startup Connection was hosted at The Globe Building which is known for crazy fast internet speeds.The potential of a 900 meg...

The Truth About Tax Incentives

With some adjustments to the city’s tax abatement system, real estate developers can pursue successful projects that benefit all of St. Louis.Most of us...

Dustin McKissen On Our Regional Advantages For Risk-Takers

"It's such a strong selling point for this region that the cost of living allows people to take a risk. The average age of...

Disruption Is Not Covo’s M.O. And That’s Really Exciting

San Francisco-based startup Covo recently acquired the historic Mississippi Valley Trust building in downtown St. Louis as part of their global expansion plans.The...

Christina Hawatmeh On Founding Scopio And Storytelling Through User Generated Content

Remember life before memes? It feels like so long ago. Today, unoriginal content accounts for over 90% of what we share in our networks....

The Rise of the Millennial Buyer in St. Louis

As the St. Louis innovation community grows, an influx of younger home buyers are coming to the city. Here’s how real estate agents can...

Why the St. Louis Region Should be Proud of the Startup Scene (and it...

When I first became involved with the startup scene here in St. Louis, I heard one phrase get used a lot: St. Louis needed...

Meet the Next Generation of Job Creators Winning in St. Louis

St. Louis’ Innovation Community gave the region's top startups the chance to present their companies to a packed house of entrepreneurs, investors, and other...

St Louis Startup Boom Was 20 Years In The Making

St Louis’ current position as a global leader in plant science and BioTech, didn’t happen overnight.Instead, careful planning over the course of two...
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Zach Winkler of SafeTrek on Dealing with Uncertain Decisions

What started as an idea for a college contest has become a promising platform for personal security and wellness.In my conversation with Zach...

Announcing PluggedIn Partnership On EQ

I’m pleased to welcome Colleen Jenkins as a new author on EQ. She’s the founder and CEO of Pluggedin, a job listings portal for...

Today In Global Entrepreneurship Week Connect With Top STL Startups Under One Roof At...

Tonight, Startup Connection, the biggest celebration of St. Louis’ Innovation Community, will show off more than 60 of the top startups in St. Louis...

Why Every Company in St. Louis Should “Save the Raise”

Companies in St. Louis are no longer required to pay their minimum-wage employees $10 an hour. Here’s why they should do it anyway.If you...

One of the St. Louis Region’s Most Successful Young Founders Launches New Startup

At the recent Arch Grants gala, a phrase was used throughout the evening to describe one of the most important goals of the St....

Brazen St. Louis Wins $90,000 Grant To Support Diversity Program For Women Entrepreneurs

Brazen St. Louis, an organization dedicated to helping growth-seeking women entrepreneurs advance their businesses, announced today that it has been awarded a $90,000 grant...

5 Pet Care Industry Startups Win $10,000 Each to Push Into $60BN Pet Care...

Five startups targeting the $60bn pet industry have each won $10,000 and are now competing for the grand prize to win the 2018 Pet...

Startups Take Home $50,000 at St. Charles Demo Day, GrabMe Delivery Lands Top Prize

More than 220 attendees watched five startups compete to take home a combined $50,000 in cash prizes, along with additional in-kind services, at the...

18 Startups Win $50,000 Each To Locate Their Business In St Louis

Arch Grants has awarded $900,000 in grant funds to 18 new startups and early-stage businesses. The winners were announced at the 5th annual Arch...

San Francisco Coworking Startup’s HQ2 Will Be In St. Louis

Rebecca Brian-Pan, coworking pioneer and founder of the coworking startup, Covo, is poised for global expansion. She’s chosen St. Louis, Missouri, as the next...

The Division Between the Communities of the Metro Area is Holding us Back, but...

I learned how divided this region is during my first week living here—but I’ll go into that a bit later.For a little background, my...

Ameren Accelerator Results Boost Energy Startups In St. Louis

The seven startups who came to St. Louis to participate in the Ameren Accelerator delivered a showcase of their innovative solutions and new energy...

Matt Homann From Filament On Making Unreasonable Requests

Most meetings we're accustomed to - I think most of us would agree - are ordinary, at best.By contrast, Filament, a radically different...
Sarah Schlafly and Christian Johnson, co-founders of Multipass, a coworking marketplace for day-passes to cool workplaces across the country.

For The Love Of Coworking, New Founders Want to Share Values Across the Midwest

This summer, two strangers met in a coworking space. Hung out. Played ping pong. And then — inspired by their own experience of finding...

Daniel Fogarty From LaunchCode On Giving People Access to Tech Jobs

LaunchCode is one of the founding companies of the STL tech ecosystem.There are 50,000 tech graduates every year. Yet, it is predicted that there...

Ben Burke on Commitment and Creativity at Arch Grants

Arch Grants could be considered the linchpin of the St Louis startup community. Without it, the innovation community itself, and the publication for which...
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BioGenerator Wins $300K Federal Grant to Build Bioscience Companies In St. Louis

BioGenerator, the investment arm of BioSTL, has won a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to capitalize on its retooled investment strategy....

Shared Experience Helps Ameren Accelerate And Build Culture of Innovation

Programmed by the University of Missouri System, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators, the Ameren Accelerator program is the first of its kind.The 12-week...

New Private Equity Firm Sets Sights On Companies Making Economic Impact In St Louis

Lewis & Clark Holdings (recently rebranded from FTL Capital), the investment office of the Hillman family, has announced the launch of Lewis & Clark...

Brian Dixon On Human Capital And The Most Powerful Technology In The World: The...

How do you go from unpaid intern to COO at a nationally-ranked accelerator? If you ask Brian Dixon, who did just that at Capital...
Dan Lauer

Dan Lauer On Disrupting Higher Education to Foster Innovation

Dan developed a simple idea for a children’s doll into one of the best selling toys of the 1990s. His secret to success? Process....

Why Values Matter To Founders and Entrepreneurs

Most startup founders are mission-driven: their entrepreneurial sense helps them identify a critical need no one’s thought to address, or a potential solution to...
AgIdea

Biotech Crop Startup Plastomics Raises Investment For Early Seed Round

Plastomics, a biotechnology startup making crops hardier through chloroplast engineering, is pleased to announce the closing of an early Seed Round. Their technology will...

Startups Compete for $50,000 in Prize Money at St. Charles County Demo Day

Two years ago, CareerHacker, my idea for a startup that helped students build professional online presences, was the first company to pitch at the...
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Andrew Smith On Role of Regional Chamber to Bridge the “Valley of Death”

A Regional Chamber Board member describes Andrew in one word: Savant.Andrew Smith recently joined the Regional Chamber as head of Entrepreneurship and Innovation....

Announcing STL Community Cast Partnership On EQ

I'm pleased to welcome Andrew Davis as a new author on EQ. He's the producer of STL Community Cast, a regular podcast that features...

Jonathan Allen, Digital Storyteller on STL Community Cast

“We’re used to companies being a single voice. But to succeed in digital, you have to become a social company now. You need everyone...

SafeTrek Closes $3.2 Million Seed Round To Develop Personal Safety App Into A Platform

SafeTrek, a personal safety technology company, has closed $3.2 million in new funding from four venture capital firms.Since moving their product development team...

$5 Million Committed to Fill Valley Of Death Seed Round Funding Void

St Louis Regional Chamber has created The Spirit of St. Louis Fund I to address strategic capital investment issues that could help successfully growing...

A Student Journey through UMSL Accelerate: Meet Yaniv Dudaie

UMSL is transforming education's role in entrepreneurship with UMSL Accelerate. EQ got a chance to sit down with one UMSL student who has embraced...

Join 500 Startups Partner On Whirlwind Tour of St. Louis and St. Charles

Paul Singh, one of the original three partners of 500 Startups, is on a nationwide tour and will be visiting St Louis and St...

Why Culture Should Eclipse Technology In St Louis

"St Louis is the new Berlin." That was the opening gambit from Art Hack Day Eclipse co-organizer, Jon Phillips. "But the difference between St....

5 Reasons To Build Your Startup in St. Louis

My company, Longneck & Thunderfoot (L&T), won an Arch Grant in summer 2016 and I moved to St Louis from New York that July....
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Kickstarter Campaign to Re-Think Children’s Stories (And Kids’ Screentime)

Hugmonster Sound founder, Adam Frick, is launching a Kickstarter campaign to produce a podcast for children’s stories, called Fablist. Essentially produced as audio books,...

100 Makers to Showcase Creations to Celebrate First Year of TechShop

TechShop is celebrating their first anniversary since opening a maker space in St Louis. One hundred local 'makers' will showcase their creations from the...

How Confluence Acquisition Will Work For Aclaris In St. Louis

Yesterday, BioGenerator's first co-working lab tenant, Confluence Life Sciences, got acquired by Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc at a valuation of $100MM.On the acquisition, Confluence's...

St Louis Bioscience Startup Acquired at $100 Million Valuation

Confluence, a locally-grown company that was elevated, accelerated and incubated by BioGenerator, the investment arm of BioSTL, has been acquired by east coast biopharmaceutical...

6 Affordable Office Spaces for Entrepreneurs in St. Louis County

One of the biggest line items on a startup company's balance sheet is its office space, so it's a goal to keep that as...

Arch Grants’ New Executive Director on Why Startups Should Choose St. Louis

Arch Grants recently announced Emily Lohse-Busch as its new Executive Director. EQ had the opportunity to have a candid chat with her about what brought her back to St. Louis, her vision for Arch Grants and her thoughts on the growth of entrepreneurship in St. Louis.
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Downtown St. Louis Garment District Continues to Grow with Search for New Placemaking Services

Significant investments in Downtown St. Louis over the last two decades have transformed former desolate areas like Washington Avenue into a thriving dining and entertainment destination. Now, In order to leverage opportunities for continued growth of the district, Downtown STL, Inc., in partnership with the Saint Louis Fashion Fund and others, is seeking proposals for placemaking services for the Historic Garment District in Downtown St. Louis.

Reonomy Launches CRE Tech Platform in St. Louis

Commercial real estate (CRE) data startup Reonomy has already taken off in New York, and now they’re launching their powerful, deal-driving platform in St. Louis.In...

GlobalSTL Attracts International Healthcare Innovators by Focusing in on St. Louis Strengths

Thirteen Israeli and Irish companies are working to launch business deals with St. Louis healthcare systems and corporations following the inaugural GlobalSTL Health Innovation Summit.
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STL VentureWorks South County Paves the Way for Retail Startups to Grow

Jane Sueme started beekeeping as a hobby in 2004 and as a business in 2009. In 2013, she was ready to take Isabee’s Beekeeping Equipment and Supplies to the next level. Enter STL VentureWorks' South County location, an incubator for retail businesses like hers.
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NRGene Is Racing Against Time to Solve Hunger

After moving to St. Louis several months ago, the St. Louis Mosaic Project helped founders settle in St. Louis and build connections."We need to...
AgIdea

Argentina-Based AgIdea Is Bringing Cutting-Edge Ag-Tech Innovation to America

AgIdea has been in the business of innovation for a while now — it's been 11 years, to be exact, since it was founded in Pergamino, Argentina. But the AgTech company, which aims to add value at the intersection of science and agribusiness, is new to St. Louis, where it's already making an impact.
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SixThirty Co-Hosts Second Annual Distributed: Trade Conference in St. Louis, Draws Financial and Supply...

SixThirty and BTC Media will co-host the 2nd annual Distributed: Trade conference at Washington University in St. Louis on Monday, July 24. An intersection of finance and trade, Distributed: Trade is building on its conversation from last year about optimizing blockchain technology across entire industries. They are expecting over 50 speakers from around the world with a large number of local St. Louis experts in the mix.
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Cultivation Capital’s Rick Ryan on Trends in Life Science Innovation

Cultivation Capital’s Life Sciences team monitors trends in the categories of therapeutics, medical devices, research tools and diagnostics, medical devices and health care IT to inform their decisions on investments in early-stage life sciences companies. We sat down with Rick Ryan, General Partner at Cultivation Capital, to talk trends in the field.

39 North Innovation District Promises Continued Investment in St. Louis’ AgTech Sector

39 North is a 10-year effort to transform a 600-acre area in Creve Coeur into a new agriculture technology innovation district. Here's how the development came to be and an update on the project.
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Israeli AgTech Startup Kaiima is Blooming in St. Louis

"Kaiima" is a Hebrew word that means "sustainable" or "long-lasting." For Kaiima-the-company, the name reflects its commitment to developing agricultural solutions for growers to improve their crop productivity in a sustainable way. Meet the Israel-based company that has been growing its US operations rapidly out of the Helix Center in St. Louis County.

Expert Roundtable: St. Louis Business & Political Leaders Sound Off on Socioeconomic Inequality

4 honorees and a host of tonight’s NAACP Freedom Fund Leadership Dinner give their takes on the state of race relations and economic inequality...

Big News: EQ Has Been Acquired by Longneck & Thunderfoot

Today, I’m thrilled to announce that EQ has been acquired by Longneck & Thunderfoot, LLC. I want to take a moment to personally introduce them and share more about how this exciting moment came to be.
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Meet EQ’s New Publishers

Today we're excited to introduce EQ's new publishing team: Jonathan Allen and Cooper Pickett, the co-founders of Longneck & Thunderfoot, LLC.

One Product Development Hack Every Startup Needs to Know About

For young companies, the prospect of entering the product development stage can be daunting: after all, the costs associated with this labor- and time-intensive...
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Maritz Improves Business Performance with Innovative Behavioral Science

At its core, Maritz is a people-centered company. Over its more than 120-year history, Maritz has honed and developed its expertise in the science of human behavior. Now, the company is innovating even further with the appointment of its first Chief Behavioral Officer, Charlotte Blank.
Greetabl founders Zoë Scharf and Joe Fischer

Greetabl Raises $1.5M Funding Round to Expand Platform and Break into New Markets

Greetabl, the St. Louis-based e-commerce gifts and greetings startup, announced today it has oversubscribed its $1.5M Series Seed II fundraising to launch new platform features, hire key employees, and expand its marketing, including breaking into new markets.
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The Whether powered by Better Weekdays Receives $200,000 from Helix Fund

The Whether, a platform powered by St. Louis startup Better Weekdays that helps employers more easily attract, engage and hire job seekers, will receive a $200,000 investment from the Helix Fund, it was announced today at the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership's Annual Meeting.
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Givable Aims to Inspire a New Generation of Donors

For just 25 cents per day and the click of a button, you can start making a big difference in the lives of St. Louisans. Here's how Givable, a startup non-profit launched earlier this year, is inspiring a new generation of donors with crowdsource philanthropy platform.
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How to Strengthen and Grow Your Startup Ecosystem

On Monday, May 15, the eve of Capital Innovators Demo Day, the St. Louis-based accelerator hosted a panel discussion at T-REX with Cultivation Capital, Venture for America, and PluggedIN titled, “How to Strengthen and Grow Your Startup Ecosystem.” Here are takeaways from the thought-provoking discussion.

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