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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St. Louis Firms Raise $290 Million of Venture Capital in 2016

2016 was another very good year for St. Louis startups receiving venture capital. Brian Matthews of Cultivation Capital walks us through the numbers.
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STL Startup Funding Guide

Million-dollar ideas need more than sweat equity to transform into a successful product or service. From accelerators supplying seed-level startup cash and mentorship to...
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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.
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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.

Clever Real Estate Closes $500K in Seed Funding from Leading Midwest VCs

Clever Real Estate, a tech startup that connects consumers with top real estate agents in their area who help sell their home for as...

Lewis & Clark Ventures On Investing $100M In Heartland Startups

Scott Bernstein is a Principal at Lewis & Clark Ventures, the first “$100,000,000+” tech venture fund in St. Louis. Before joining Lewis & Clark, Scott...

Man in the Middle

How Cultivation Capital’s Managing Director Brian Matthews is shaping St. Louis’ startup ecosystem.
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Meet Barry Sandweiss: General Partner at Cultivation Capital

If you’re looking to build a business, you want Barry Sandweiss on your side. We caught up with this successful entrepreneur and partner at Cultivation Capital.

2015 St. Louis Capital Report: Brian Matthews Outlines Funding From Angels and Venture Capitalists

From a number of perspectives, 2015 was the best fundraising year for the St. Louis region since 2004. Notable numbers include: $258 million raised...

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...
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2016 Was a Very Big Year for New Venture Funds Launched in St. Louis

2016 was the best year for launching new venture funds in St. Louis history. Read on for this and more highlights from the year from Cultivation Capital's Brian Matthews.

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

Clever Real Estate, a tech platform that connects home-sellers with top local real estate agents who help sell their home for fees as low...

Arch Grants Announces 10 Global Startup Competition Recipients for its Winter Class

Arch Grants, a non-profit providing $50,000 equity-free grants and pro bono support services to entrepreneurs, announces today the 10 recipients of its 2016 Winter...
Chris Danforth

Meet Chris Danforth: General Partner Cultivation Capital Life Sciences Fund

Chris Danforth has his hand in a wide variety Life Sciences investment and non-profit activity throughout the region. Meet the general partner in St. Louis-based venture firm Cultivation Capital’s Life Sciences Fund and Managing Director of The Yield Lab.

Capital Innovators Demo Day 2016 Happening May 17 at the Pageant

Whether you're an investor, a founder or a startup voyeur, the annual Capital Innovators Demo Day is the place to be on May 17, happening at...

Cultivation Capital Leads $1.2M Financing Round in S4

Cultivation Capital announced this morning that they have made an investment in S4, a data gathering and analytics company that provides risk management solutions...
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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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Cultivation Capital Named The Most Active Tech Venture Capital Firm In Missouri By CBInsights

Startups based in Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston may account for most of the VC tech funding in the United States, but as we...

Paul Singh the “Startup Savant” Rolls His Airstream into STL to Connect with STL...

Paul Singh has been criss-crossing America, connecting with startup entrepreneurs from Shreveport, Pittsburgh, Tulsa, Lincoln and, as of today, St. Louis. The veteran entrepreneur and VC investor will...
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Washington University Skandalaris Center announces new fund for startups

The Skandalaris Center at Washington University in St. Louis announced today that it has launched a new venture-capital seed fund aimed at helping to...

The Agile Mission of BioGenerator’s Grants Program

An idea is the start of a beautiful thing. But if you don’t have the means to test a theory, build a prototype or find out if there is even a market for your idea, how much good can it actually do? Enter BioGenerator's Grant Program.

3 Strategies for Midwest Entrepreneurs Looking for Startup Funding

Do you dream of launching your own startup? If so, finance probably comes high on your list of priorities. As a founder myself, I’ve...

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...
Matt Badler

Capital Ideas: Matt Badler of Twain Financial Partners

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...

Cultivation Capital Tech Fund I and Tech Fund II: Investment Update

Cultivation Capital released an update today on their two technology funds, Tech Fund I and Tech Fund II. Since the beginning of 2016, 12...
Brian Dixon Capital Innovators

Transitioning Growth: Brian Dixon On How Capital Innovators Stays Poised for What’s Next

Last month, Capital Innovators named its 2016 fall cohort and the program began. But that's not the only news coming out of the accelerator. This summer...
Lean Media

Lean Media Closes $500K in Seed Funding from Missouri Investors

Lean Media, an audience-first programmatic media company serving the agriculture industry and businesses targeting rural audiences, has announced the successful closure of an oversubscribed...
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SixThirty Announces Its Spring 2016 Cohort

SixThirty announced the five companies comprising their spring 2016 cohort last night at T-REX. The St. Louis-based business development accelerator and venture fund invests in...
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...
Blair Garrou EVLS

80 Emerging Venture Capitalists Gather in Downtown St. Louis for Leadership Summit

Over the last two days, almost 80 individuals from 27 venture funds from around the US gathered at the T-REX Innovation Center Downtown for the Emerging...
Stadia Ventures

Stadia Ventures Announces Fall 2016 Cohort in Sports Business Accelerator

After receiving over 200 applications from around the world, Stadia Ventures announces its Fall 2016 cohort for the Stadia Sports Business Accelerator today. Stadia Accelerator helps sports...
BioGenerator Lab

Breaking Down BioGenerator

What is BioGenerator?  The short answer: A subsidiary of the non-profit organization BioSTL that was formed in 2003 to create, grow and invest in life...
SentiAR

SentiAR Awarded $2.2 Million Federal Grant to Advance Augmented Reality Device for Cardiologists

SentiAR will receive $2.2 million of non-dilutive milestone installments to advance its platform. Using the SentiAR technology, through the Microsoft head-up display, physicians can...

Stadia Announces Its Spring 2016 Accelerator Class

Stadia Ventures announced the five sports startups accepted to its Spring 2016 Sports Accelerator program this afternoon during an event at T-REX.  The companies begin their three...
Brian Matthews

Capital Ideas: Brian Matthews of Cultivation Capital

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...
BioGenerator

Cultivation Capital’s Life Sciences Fund Finds Sweet Spot

Since its inception in 2013, Cultivation Capital’s Life Sciences Fund’s portfolio of 14 companies and one accelerator have raised $321M in total funding–with a...
Karen Gheesling Mullis

RiverVest Closes $15 Million Biopharma Pre-Seed Fund, Says It Will Focus on Midwest Companies

Life sciences venture capital firm RiverVest Venture Partners today announced the closing of Archer Seed Fund, LP, at $15 million. Here's more about the firm's investment strategy.
BioGenerator

Local Immunotherapy Startup Attracts $3 Million Investment

St. Louis-based startup Unleash Immuno Oncolytics, which has developed viral-based biologics to attack cancerous tumors, has attracted a major investment from publicly-traded Japanese company...
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Applications Now Open for SixThirty FinTech Accelerator Fall 2016 Class

SixThirty, the St. Louis-based FinTech accelerator recently recognized as a pioneer in the industry, is accepting applicants for its Fall 2016 cohort. Applicants should apply online here and are...

Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) Closes $58 Million Equity Investment from HB Reavis

Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) has announced that it has closed a $58 Million equity investment from European partner HB Reavis. CIC will use the...

Carter Williams: Family Offices Aren’t Investing Like They Used To

By Carter Williams, Managing Director of iSelect Fund The family office is changing. Rather than turn assets over to managers, today’s family offices increasingly prefer to invest...

St. Louis Venture Capital Investment Report Spotlights Overall Success but Warns of Critical Inflection...

Over the last 5 years, there’s no doubt that St. Louis has cemented a reputation for hosting a thriving and dynamic startup community. In...
Pete Reinecke

Capital Ideas: Peter Reinecke of Arsenal Capital Management

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...

$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...
John Hamer

Capital Ideas: John Hamer, PhD of Monsanto Growth Ventures

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...

3 lessons your city can learn from the St. Louis startup boom

With more than $1 billion in bets placed on startups in just the last few years, St. Louis has rightly earned a reputation as...

Capital Ideas: Jerry Katz of Billiken Angels Network

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...
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Capital Ideas: Tom Hillman of Lewis & Clark Ventures

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...

Lewis & Clark Ventures Raises $20 Million for Agriculture Technology

Lewis & Clark Ventures announced today $20 Million of new capital to drive agriculture innovation focusing on companies that improve plant yield, increase energy...

Applications Open For Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs (PWE) announces that applications are open for its PWE Startup Accelerator Program, designed for women business leaders who want to take...
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Life Sciences in St. Louis: Q/A with Rick Ryan, General Partner of Cultivation Capital

What's happening in the Life Sciences sector and where is it headed next? We sat down with Rick Ryan to find out. Rick Ryan is...
Brian Kinman

Capital Ideas: Brian Kinman of St. Louis Arch Angels

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...

Despite Cuts in its Budget, the MTC Continues to Support MO Startups and Ecosystem

The good news for startups and ESOs statewide is that despite budget cuts the state-run investment funds at the MTC are still around. The...

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

August saw the finalist pitch day of the Arch Grants Global Startup Competition, which constitutes the final round of selection where an external panel...

New Second Fund from SixThirty Makes Four New FinTech Investments

SixThirty, a global FinTech seed fund and business development program, has announced a second fund, SixThirty 2.0. The first set of investments from the...

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

Viral internet challenges seem to be exploding as of late. From the Drake inspired “In My Feelings” challenge, to the surprisingly tricky Deli Ali...
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Video: Jim McKelvey’s 2-Minute Advice On Fundraising for Startups

Our friends over at Accelerate St. Louis recently ran into Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square, at Third Degree Glass Factory. When the conversation turned...

Capital Ideas: Carter Williams of iSelect Fund

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...

Extra Help from Higher Education Could Help Unrust the Rust Belt

Several recent reports on ecosystem growth and health have connected direct investment into early-stage pipelines with a region’s overall capital investment numbers, job growth...
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Capital Ideas: Brian Clevinger of Prolog Ventures

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...

Regulation Crowdfunding Platform, Nvsted, Proves Effective at Crowdsourcing Investors for St. Louis Startups

In the world of crowdsourcing there is a continuum, Ched Wagner, Manager of Nvsted explains. On one side are the GoFundMe types, giving-based platforms that...
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OPO Demo Day Applications are Live!

OPO Demo Day is a competitive, live pitch competition for entrepreneur's in the technology field. Application entries open September 5, 2018 and close October 17,...

Cortex-based Affigen Announces $17 million Series A Led by Black Beret Life Sciences

Affigen, a biotechnology company based in the Cortex Innovation Community that develops therapeutics targeting cell lineage-specific tumor proteins, today announced the closing of a $17...
Jay Schmelter

Capital Ideas: Jay Schmelter of RiverVest

As the St. Louis region continues to cultivate innovative founders, ideas and companies, the need for additional funding sources grows. We asked 10 St. Louis-based...
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45 Entrepreneurs Present at InvestMidwest Event

The 17th annual InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum kicked off last night at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, concluding today with a full day...

Holekamp Seed Fund Will Provide $1000 to Entrepreneurial Wash U Students

Cliff Holekamp, Co-founder and General Partner of venture fund Cultivation Capital and Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship at Washington University, has given a $500,000...

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.

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...

Rise of the Rest at TechCrunch Disrupt: Heartland Tech Companies Represent A Great Investment...

At last week’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Steve Case, former co-founder of AOL and current partner at VC Firm, Revolution, took to...
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US Entrepreneurs Report Increased Access To Capital In Last 6 Months

Entrepreneurs' Organization, a global business network founded in 1987, released its latest report on US and global entrepreneurism in March of 2015. Released every six...

Galera Therapeutics Raises $150 Million to Advance “Breakthrough Therapy” for Debilitating Cancer Side Effect

Galera Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage drug discovery company, whose research and development is based in St. Louis, has announced that it has secured $150...

BioGenerator and Kingdom Capital Lead $2.4 Million Series A Round in Canopy BioSciences

Canopy Biosciences closed a $2.4 million investment to develop new research tools, commercialize its cutting-edge products, and hire additional employees. BioGenerator, the investment arm...

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