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The Bourbon Friday Show with Mary Louise Helbig from ITEN

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Mary Louise Helbig, Executive Director of ITEN.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Ellen Chisa from Dark

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Ellen Chisa, CEO and Co-Founder of Dark.

It was a Global Journey Through Entrepreneurship that Landed ThermoAI in St. Louis

2018 Arch Grant recipient, ThermoAI, is an energy company that operates in the time between today and total renewable energy future, in which we are still dependent on combustion for energy.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Darcella Craven from the Veterans Business Resource Center

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Darcella Craven, President of the Veterans Business Resource Center (Vet Biz).

EQ Podcast: It’s OK to Pivot Your Startup

Full Interview with Adam Hoffman, Founder and CEO of Qstodian

Boat Planet Joins Tech Wildcatters For Their Fall 2019 Cohort

Boat Planet joins B2B accelerator and plans for nationwide expansion.

CRM and Email Marketing SaaS Providers, Hatchbuck, Benchmark, Merge

The combined company, Benchmark, will enable businesses to flourish with powerfully simple sales and marketing tools.

Balto Software Raises $3 Million in Seed Funding

An additional $3 million has been invested in Balto's artificial intelligence software for real-time call guidance and coaching for sales people.

SwipeSum Introduces AI-Powered Processing Statement Reading Software “STAITMENT”

New Software for Credit Card Processing Professionals to Become Available January 2020.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Mark Tatgenhorst from Geosaurus

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Mark Tatgenhorst, Program Director of Geosaurus.

Why We Rebranded Our Digital Marketing Agency

Anvil recently rebranded their full service digital marketing agency to Anvil Analytics + Insights, choosing to lead with the service offering that they got the most business referrals for: helping their clients understand their marketing data and path to ROI.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Adam Stumpf from Stumpy’s Spirits Distillery

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Adam Stumpf, Owner and Distiller at Stumpy’s Spirits.

Capital Innovators Welcomes Fall 2019 Class to St. Louis

Six startups from across the nation join the local accelerator's portfolio companies.

Not a Crap Idea: Qstodian Platform is Well-Positioned to Keep Developing Ingenious Solutions for...

For the St. Louis startup community, the story of Hoffman’s journey through entrepreneurship and the decisions behind the pivot from CheckTheQ to Qstodian should serve as an important reminder that the customer really is king. It’s no great secret —we all know that instinctively— but it’s the secret that a lot of first-time entrepreneurs forget.

On Innovation City: Qstodian Discusses Listening to the Marketplace

Meet Adam Hoffman, CEO of Qstodian. Adam sits down with the team to discuss launching his new venture: Qstodian, the importance of listening to the marketplace, being welcomed by St. Louis’ startup community, and much more!

Qstodian Helps Venues Flush Custodial Costs Down the Drain

At any pitch event, you’ve probably met someone person who said, “the reason I’d invest in this company is that it’s a boring business.” What they really mean is that boring industries usually have consistent demand, and where there’s a stable market, there’s usually predictable revenue. Elon Musk loves this investment thesis so much he named an entire company after it. Well, now St. Louis investors can get behind this philosophy too.

CheckTheQ Pivots Product, Re-brands as Qstodian After Actively Listening to Customers

The ChecktheQ team’s original focus was on wait-time tracking in large venues such as airports or stadiums. But it was conversations with their founding clientele that led them to discover an almost invisible and unmet need within the industry: custodial services management.

On Medium: CheckTheQ Founder Introduces Qstodian

CheckTheQ was founded two years ago with the goal of using real-time data to improve staffing at airport security and manage traveler expectations around waiting times. Now, we are announcing Qstodian, a new custodial workforce management system developed, like many pivots, from listening to the marketplace.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Charli Cooksey from WEPOWER

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Charli Cooksey, Founder and CEO of WEPOWER.

2019 Ameren Accelerator Focuses on Smart Cities and Connected Communities

Program designed to attract energy-focused startups and jobs to St. Louis announces 2019 cohort.

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Taking A Job At A Startup

Got grit? Ready to roll up your sleeves and tackle tough problems? Consider joining a startup.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Ola Ayeni from Claim Academy

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Ola Ayeni, Founder and Chief Idea Officer of Claim Academy.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Dr. Chris Ho from Drug Design Methodologies

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Chris Ho, Owner and CSO of Drug Design Methodologies.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Janna Westbrook from Provider Pool

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Janna Westbrook, CEO and Founder of Provider Pool.

Get Your Product In Front of 1000 People: Startup Connection 2019 Venture Showcase Applications...

Startup Connection ’19 will take place Wednesday, November 6, at The Globe Building at 710 N. Tucker in Downtown St. Louis, running from 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Michael Powers from Tower Grove Pride

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Olamide Adeboye, CEO and Founder of Wakava.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Olamide Adeboye from Wakava

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Olamide Adeboye, CEO and Founder of Wakava.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Tony Bryan from CyberUp

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Tony Bryan, Executive Director of CyberUp.https://www.facebook.com/EQSTL/videos/496218731121751/ CyberUp—New Collar Approach When most...

nativeMsg Launches RCS Style Solution that Works on iOS Devices

New Patent Pending Messaging Solution Provides RCS Fallback across all Mobile Operating Systems
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Charlie Walch from Pluton Biosciences

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Charlie Walch, CEO of Pluton Biosciences.Looking for Good Bugs There...
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Kiley Summers from SpenDebt

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Kiley Summers, Founder of SpenDebt.https://www.facebook.com/EQSTL/videos/338082890186572/ SpenDebt—Saving by Spending In America there’s...
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Lindsay Van Quaethem from City Block

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Lindsay Van Quaethem, Founder and CEO of City Block.https://www.facebook.com/EQSTL/videos/639953919811717/  City...

Clever Real Estate Raises $3.5M To Disrupt Outdated Real Estate Agent Commission Model

In just two years, Clever Real Estate has successfully tapped every cornerstone of the St. Louis Startup Ecosystem, to source $5M in funding from investors committed to midwest regional development.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Ronke Faleti from korédé

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Ronke Faleti, Founder and CEO of korédé.https://www.facebook.com/EQSTL/videos/331312217585240/ korédé—Bringing Goodness Like many...
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The Bourbon Friday Show with James Forbes from Good Life Growing

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with James Forbes, Co-Founder and CEO of Good Life Growing.https://www.facebook.com/EQSTL/videos/1238417586329229/ Good...
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Rebecca Brian Pan from Covo

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Rebecca Brian Pan, Founder and CEO of Covo.Covo—Supporting All...

On Silicon Prairie News: Strayos AI Transforms Jobsite Insights

Ravi Sahu, Founder and CEO of Strayos, was not initially intending to start a company.

St. Louis Investor Commits $100,000 to Expand VoiceXP Platform

This week, on May 1st, a prominent South Korean investor based in St. Louis, signed a term sheet to commit to investing $100,000 in...
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Lisa Kuntz from Startup Grind

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Lisa Kuntz, Co-Director for the St. Louis chapter of...
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Michael Lamb from nativeMSG

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Michael Lamb, President and Co-Founder of nativeMSG.https://www.facebook.com/EQSTL/videos/827683094265965/ nativeMSG—Simplifying Communication Channels For...

Regavi’s Journey Through Entrepreneurship in St. Louis

Two graduate students at Washington University are turning business networking into an app-based network as entrepreneurs.

#STLmade Video Games Won’t Cause the Disintegration of Society

EQ has been keeping a closer eye on video game development in St. Louis ever since attending GameJam at the St Louis Science Center,...

Forgotten Your Business Cards? Regavi Streamlines Making In-Person Connections

You are at a networking event. You don’t have business cards...haven’t had them for a few jobs now. Or you ran out. Or you...

GiftAMeal Selected as Top 25 for Startup of the Year SXSW Competition

GiftAMeal to compete in Austin against top startups from around the world.

St. Louis Voice Tech Company Teams Up with Multi-Platinum Rapper to Win National Award

Chingy and VoiceXP took first place in the national Alexa Awards competition, beating out other major brand name finalists Tide Stain Remover, Good Housekeeping, and Fitbit.

St. Louis Startup Milestones Reached in 2018

As the St. Louis region’s startup ecosystem matures, the measurable successes of the companies are getting bigger and more exciting. 2018 milestones for startups...

National Competition Awards Young Entrepreneur Fellowship to 3 MO Startup Founders

Non-profit organization, Future Founders, who "believes every youth can become an entrepreneur," has selected eighteen entrepreneurs to participate in its 2019 Fellowship program, three...

Text Messages Are Getting A Major Upgrade

With RCS, those futuristic cyberpunk dreams of bite-size AIs and a persistent mobile web become evenly distributed.

Pairing a Strong Social Mission with Strong Customer ROI Proves to be a Profitable...

The last quarter of 2018 saw GiftAMeal pick up nearly a quarter of a million dollars in awards and funding.

SwipeSum Raises A Cool Million

St. Louis FinTech startup that offers a credit card processing marketplace to eliminate merchant fees is backed by notable angel investors.

STL Entrepreneurs: Don’t Miss “For Creators By Creators” on December 12th

These guys want to help you turn your product idea into a product reality.

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

Clever Real Estate has now raised a total of $1.5M in venture capital.

20 Startups Commit to St. Louis to Level Up Our City

Arch Grants has awarded $1,000,000 in grant funds to 20 new startups and early-stage businesses from across the country and around the globe. The...

GiftAMeal Wins Two Awards at Startup Connection

GiftAMeal takes away $12,500 in prizes.

Which Startup Will Make it Big starting at Startup Connection’s Tenth Anniversary event?

Startup Connection is celebrating 10 years of connecting the city to the next great companies that call St.Louis home.

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...

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

These founders won't be shy if you ask them to "show me WatchUGot?"

NappyMe, An On Demand App for Textured Hair Stylists Launches in the US

NappyMe, a "digital hair salon," will debut in Atlanta in a few weeks to meet the needs of African-American women and their curly hair....

Edwardsville Entrepreneur Develops Touch Screen Purses (As Preventative Measure Against Breast Cancer)

A line of touch screen purses designed to give women a safe place to keep their phones has exceeded $1 million in sales in...
Coolfire Solutions

Data Management Platform Raises a Cool $11.5 Million in Series B Funding

St. Louis software company to aggressively accelerate sales, marketing and product development for commercial industries.

Gremlin Social Acquires Two Companies, VidVerify and Insight CRM, to Expand Social Marketing Product...

Gremlin Social has acquired VidVerify and Insight CRM to offer a more comprehensive social media marketing product suite for clients in compliance-heavy industries.

Allscripts-EPSi Announces Partnership with Ilerasoft, an Arch Grant Recipient

Adds innovative software technology for hospital capital budgeting to EPSi Platform.

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...

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

The MTC is a state-funded co-investment fund. Despite budget cuts in early 2018, the MTC continues to provide grants and direct investment to Missouri startups.

ITEN’s CIP Program Jumpstarts Corporate Innovation

ITEN’s Corporate Innovation Program (CIP) capitalizes on a growing trend in which corporations are sponsoring innovation showcases or demo days. Just as trade shows...

Hive Network Offers Startups A Clear Path To Developing Their MVP

Startups bring the Hive Network their ideas and the network turns around a product.Chad Compton, founder of the Hive Network, enjoyed being a freelance...
Guy Weitzman Atomation

Meet Me in St. Louis: Maintaining Team Cohesion Between the Midwest and the Middle...

Globalism has changed so much, including how we conduct business every day.

We’ve Funded 114 Startups to Make a Difference in St. Louis

The Arch Grants Annual Report follows the economic impact of startups who receive $50,000 grants in equity free funding and relocate to St. Louis.
Startup Showcase at Startup Connection

St. Louis Startup Connection Accepting Applications

Beginning today, St. Louis Startups can apply at www.startupconnection.org/venture-showcase.html to showcase their company and their products and compete for cash and in-kind prizes.The...
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Local Startup Captures Anticipation and Nostalgia as the City Unveils the Renovated Gateway Arch...

Just in time for the 4th of July and Fair St. Louis, the City unveils the new and improved Gateway Arch Museum and Visitor Center today.

From Norway to St. Louis: An Entrepreneur’s Journey

Geir Karlsen from AppsCo opens up about the valuable resources that have helped him lift his tech startup to international heights.
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The Bourbon Friday Show: Tyler Kelley On Doing Something Bigger

The purpose of telling your story is to connect your story with another human being's story, and when that happens, magic happens.

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

MakersValley connects fashion designers to Italian artisans and manufacturers who can bring their visions to life. It's also helping to re-establish St. Louis as one of the nation's most competitive fashion centers.

Fly to the Aid of a Local Startup On National Superhero Day

Today is National Superhero Day (April 28th). Which the internet seems to be divided in opinion as to what the day is about. One...

How this Powerlifter is Running a Startup in Four Countries from a Desk at...

When it comes to the way we work, almost everybody seems to be shifting toward the open-plan office. But powerlifter-turned-entrepreneur Avi Silverberg is is putting a new mode of work into practice: remote teams.

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

Personal checks were written by prominent venture capitalists in the St. Louis area to close out the funding round.

Mission Driven Startup Radically Thought Through Business Model to Reach Sustainable Business Goals

Sustainability is on the rise in the world of business, but many companies mistakenly believe that reducing their carbon footprint is the only foundation of a sustainable business. But authentic sustainability initiatives do more than just help the environment – they build stronger communities.
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Local Immunotherapy Startup Attracts $3 Million Investment

BioGenerator-supported Company to Advance Cancer Therapies.
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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

Suzanne shares her story on how she transitioned back into working at startups after a one year break at a traditional job.

Christina Hawatmeh On Founding Scopio And Storytelling Through User Generated Content

Whether you're getting someone to buy something, or experience something, or donate to something, user generated content is generally what's powering that decision making process.

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...