Downtown St. Louis

A Core Commitment: What’s Next for the Downtown St. Louis Innovation District

St. Louis has begun to make a name for itself in the world of high-tech and IT entrepreneurs. Here's the latest on the role Downtown St. Louis plays in propelling our city's innovation community forward.
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Choose Your City: Why These 7 Startups are Building Their Companies in St. Louis

For these seven startups, the Gateway City wasn't just a pit stop on the way to a coastal destination: It was a place to plant roots and grow.
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St. Louis Wins National Competition to Address Racial and Gender Equity in Entrepreneurial Startup...

Twelve St. Louis area nonprofit and governmental organizations are initial members of a collective that will receive $420,000 over two years from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to help female and historically underrepresented entrepreneurs of color in high-growth sectors.

The St. Louis Midtown Redevelopment Corporation Envisions An Innovation Corridor Stretching From Cortex to...

Quasi-public agencies like the St. Louis Midtown Redevelopment Corporation made up of SLU and SSM bring community development, corporate partnership, real estate activity, and academic rigor to the City's economic development plans.
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Cortex’s Evolution from a Life Science District to a Magnet for St. Louis Innovators:...

The Cortex Innovation Community is a center of gravity for St. Louis' startup ecosystem. EQ explores its past, present and future with an eye to impact.

Innovating Since 1894: Maritz’ Undertold St. Louis Startup Story

From its start inside a South City home to its creation of the incentives industry, we take a look at the innovative DNA of one of St. Louis' largest private companies.
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How Kansas City Startup Village Grew From the Arrival of Google Fiber to Thriving...

EQ invited our Kansas City peers at Startland News to write a feature story about one of the city's startup hubs, Kansas City Startup Village, on the heels of its fourth anniversary.

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

The building where the 1904 World's Fair was planned sat vacant for decades. Now, inspired by the history of St. Louis, a coworking startup from San Francisco plans to turn it into a destination downtown.
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Feature: A Tale of Two Districts

"How two buildings and a handful of visionaries are pushing to make St. Louis a destination for innovation."
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12 Fundraising Tips for BioTech companies from Cultivation Capital’s Life Sciences Fund

Bill Schmidt, Managing Partner of Cultivation Capital's Life Science Fund, shares tips for BioTech companies focused on fundraising.

That’s Not Your Boss Looking Over Your Shoulder: This Coworking Space Is Haunted

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.

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...
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The Best Cities in the Midwest for Venture Capital Funding in 2016

Brian Matthews of Cultivation Capital looks at how much venture funding was raised by startups in the top 15 Midwestern regions.

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...

Why Do We Let Political Fragmentation Hold Back Our Entrepreneurs?

St. Louis is home to world class universities, top-tier sports franchises, a powerhouse philanthropic community and an entrepreneurial ecosystem that rivals any in the...
Cortex

Conceiving Cortex: Cortex Special Feature, Chapter 1, 2000-2002

When it comes to Cortex's origins, it's like those of most startups: It all started with someone noticing a need, and jumping to fill it.

Facebook just announced major changes to its algorithm. Here’s what that means for your...

I was sitting aboard a plane last week when I read Mark Zuckerburg’s post announcing major changes to Facebook’s algorithm. He said the changes would...

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...

To Improve Healthcare, Washington University Makes a Big Bet on Big Data

An introduction at the 2017 GlobalSTL Health Innovation Summit turned into a multi-million dollar partnership between Washington University and Israeli Health Startup MDClone. Here's...

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...

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

Welcome back! Yep, 2018 has already started. Crack on!

Man in the Middle

How Cultivation Capital's Managing Director Brian Matthews is shaping St. Louis' startup ecosystem.

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...

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...

Two SixThirty Startups Raise $25 Million in Funding

2017 saw two SixThirty portfolio companies raise significant investment. Both companies are based in Israel and came to St Louis to work with SixThirty...

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...
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One Year in, the Ameren Accelerator Has Surpassed All Expectations

With one year under its belt, the Ameren Accelerator has exceeded expectations. Can your startup benefit from $100,000 in seed funding and unparalleled mentoring?

How T-REX Innovation Center is Creating a Cybersecurity Hub

Hacking, data breaches, and compromised systems and servers have necessitated that cyber security become a national (and global) priority. As cyber security becomes an...
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Venture Philanthropy: A People-Centered Approach to Economic Development

Venture philanthropy applies the principles of venture capital to address societal issues and transform communities. Here’s how Arch Grants puts these principles into practice...

From Madison to STL: Rebate Bus Sets the Standard for Job Creation Through Innovation

The Ameren Accelerator didn't just help Rebate Bus break into a highly competitive industry — it provided the support, guidance, and resources the company needed to become a mature, sustainable, and profitable venture.

Why 5 Israeli Startups Chose to Establish U.S. Headquarters in St Louis

This week, three delegations from St. Louis conclude trips to Israel. The delegations represent three industries that are not only among St. Louis’ fastest-growing, but...

St Louis Startup Boom Was 20 Years In The Making

"St Louis is really doing it! St Louis has more plant scientists than anywhere else in the world - I think people would be shocked to hear that."

Putting Startups on the Fast Track: Capital Innovators

How Capital Innovators became a nationally- ranked accelerator program, and why the St. Louis region stands to benefit.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Cybersecurity

It's an emerging issue that concerns essentially all business sectors. We take a look at what work is being done in St. Louis to keep information safe.

3 Reasons (Backed By Data) That 2018 is a Great Year to Start a...

You likely already have plans for what you’ll be doing in 2018. Maybe you’ve already bought tickets for an epic trip or committed yourself to...
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News Flash for Energy Startups: The Power of Partnering with an Accelerator is Real

Given their capacity to connect founders to relevant mentors, candidates, and technology capabilities, accelerators provide energy startups with the operational leg up they need...

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

EQ - The Arch Grants 2018 Global Startup Competition opens on February 1st. Here's what entrepreneurs need to know about the program.

Inside Need/Want’s Emerging Product Empire

How a Brit, a Texan and a New Yorker came together to build a unique product design company in the Midwest.

Funding Fashion: Simplify Commerce’s Collaboration With Saint Louis Fashion Fund

Saint Louis Fashion Fund, one of STL's newest nonprofits, cites Simplify Commerce as an integral part of its success.

Code Collaboration

How Washington University and LaunchCode are partnering to take on the tech talent gap in St. Louis.

Closing the Gap

"How Prosper Women Entrepreneurs is working to narrow the national gender gap in entrepreneurship."

Igniting A Movement

The ride-sharing debate has loomed large in St. Louis this year. Entrepreneur and MTC Commissioner Chris Sommers shares his thoughts on what St. Louis' fight for Uber means for our innovation community–and our city.

SentiAR Scored A Major Milestone In Federal Grant Peer Review Process

SentiAR, an augmented reality startup based in St. Louis, recently completed a rigorous peer-review panel that ended with a stellar score – and a $2.2M grant. SentiAR's success shows that the medical world is ready for AR, and their startup story shows what's possible when a city shares your vision.

STL Community Cast: Alderman Jeffrey Boyd on Reinventing North St Louis One Neighborhood at...

Jeffrey Boyd grew up in Hamilton Heights in North St Louis, a neighborhood he now serves as Alderman of the 22nd ward. Back in...

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...

Why Missouri Innovation Leaders Should Focus on AgTech and Autonomous Vehicles

I’m not originally from Missouri, so the first time I drove from St. Louis to Kansas City, I learned three things: Missouri has a...

Making Bold Moves

Arch Grants tackles one of the St. Louis region's biggest problems: talent attraction and retention.
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Why BioGenerator Works

Any entrepreneur can attest that the obstacles positioned between a brilliant idea and a successful, growing business are many. To startup founders working in the BioTech...

A River Runs Through It

How entrepreneur Randy Schilling is building a different kind of startup community in St. Charles.

How Simplify Commerce was Born Out of a Global Company, in the Heart of...

Complacency has no place at the table for companies crossing the 50-year mark. But how do corporations best encourage innovation? For Mastercard, it starts...

Energy startups compete for $100K and a spot in the 2018 Ameren Accelerator

Applications opened last week for the Ameren Accelerator, a public-private partnership between the University of Missouri System, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators that offers...

Last Week on The Bourbon Friday Show: Kathleen Bauer, Community Director at T-REX

As a major hub for the tech startup scene in St. Louis, T-REX plays a crucial role in the development of many startups. On last...

The Mars Evangelist: Dr. Sheyna Gifford’s Year on the Red Planet

  • St. Louis physician Sheyna Gifford spent a year (Aug 2015-Aug 2016) isolated with five other researchers in a 1,200-sq.-ft. geodesic dome perched on a remote Hawaiian volcano’s hillside as part of a NASA-funded program to explore the possibilities of human colonization of Mars.
  • The crew of the HI-SEAS IV, or Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, spent 12 months with no real-time contact, with people outside the dome, living in close quarters without access to outside air or fresh food aside from what they could grow. When they did venture outside, they wore analog "spacesuits."
  • Gifford summed up the job as, “Go to Mars, grow food, do science, don’t kill each other.”
  • Situated on Mauna Loa’s naturally barren, volcanic northern slope, the HI-SEAS habitation site closely replicated the inhospitable landscape of Mars.
  • Data gathered from the resulting crew interactions and behavioral patterns in these tests will be vital to planning actual missions to Mars in years to come. The 2016 project was the longest U.S. space simulation mission to date.
  • Gifford, a neuroscientist, practices medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and has been working on various space-exploration projects since 1997.

EQ and MDMC Partnership Promises Leadership in Regional Collaboration and National Attention

Admission to the EQ Leadership Labs is free to MDMC ticket holders and Pre-Agenda Super Early Bird tickets are offered through March 11, 2019 via EQ's new reader membership platform, the EQ Community Network. The EQ Community Network is free to join and opens up opportunities to network with other members, submit stories to EQ, post job offers, and access other regional collaboration tools.
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International Affair

How BioSTL's team is building a relationship with Israel's startups to grow St. Louis' ecosystem.

What To Do In St. Louis This Weekend (February 2nd)

This weekend really just consists of three things: pre-Mardi Gras festivities, the Super Bowl, and Comic Con. Your best bet is to head to...

FinTech’s Time

Financial technology is seeing explosive growth in investment–for good reason.

Home Is Where The Capital Is

When it comes to deciding where to invest, St. Louis- based iSelect Fund keeps the region top of mind.

That’s Life (Sciences)

We examine St. Louis' life sciences startup scene: a hotbed of innovation, growth and promise.