Founder Series: Krista Clement of Helper Helper

Between classes, practices, games and studying, student athletes have a lot going on. Throw in community service, which is not only an encouraged piece...

11 Washington University Companies That Have Made an Impact on STL’s Startup Scene

As we all know, St. Louis' startup growth has been accelerating at record speed in the last five years. That said, some of our region's most successful...

The Joojoo App Launches Today, Looks to Make the Business of Recommendations More Personal

The most useful recommendations come from your friends, family and peers, not advertisers or strangers. The minds behind St. Louis' newest app are harnessing...

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

5th Annual Arch Grants Gala sees huge donations made to help startups relocate their companies to St Louis and make a difference.
Soozies Doozies

Soozie’s Doozie’s Isn’t Your Grandma’s Chocolate-Chip Cookie (And That’s a Good Thing)

Like the best cookies, the idea behind Soozie's Doozies is simple but delicious. Here's the story behind the all-natural, make-at-home cookie brand made in St. Louis.
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The Best of the Bourbon Friday Show 2019

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk to Austin Smith, Co-Founder and CEO of Mission Control.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Anatolij Gelimson from FastDemocracy

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk to Anatolij Gelimson, CTO of FastDemocracy.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Austin Smith from Mission Control

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk to Austin Smith, Co-Founder and CEO of Mission Control.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Olena Lazareva from Loro

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk to Olena Lazareva, COO of Loro.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Eric Laurent from Roo Storage

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk to Eric Laurent, Founder and CEO of Roo Storage.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Raj Singh from Connexio

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk to Raj Singh, CEO and Co-Founder of Connexio.

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.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Michael Seaman from SwipeSum

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk to Michael Seaman, CEO of SwipeSum

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.

Disrupting Foot Pain with Teen Entrepreneur Ehan Kamat

Ehan Kamat is a 15 year-old inventor and entrepreneur who has developed, patented and is currently selling a medical device called the Solemender for...
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Tishaura O. Jones, St. Louis City Treasurer

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk to Tishaura O. Jones, Treasurer for the City of St. Louis.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Marc Bernstein from Balto Software

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Marc Bernstein, CEO of Balto Software.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Samantha Lee from CreativeMornings St. Louis

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk to Samantha Lee, Host of CreativeMornings St. Louis.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Dan Parris and Bobby Herrera from the In Motion...

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Bobby Herrera, CEO of Gray Picture, and Dan Parris, Director of the In Motion Filmmaking Conference.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Erin Joy from Black Dress Circle

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk with Erin Joy, CEO and Founder of Black Dress Circle.
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Jenny Bristow from Anvil Analytics + Insights

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show, we had the opportunity to talk Jenny Bristow, CEO and Partner of Anvil Analytics + Insights.
Peter Esparrago FinLocker

FinLocker and the Digital Mortgage Revolution

How FinLocker is looking to revolutionize the mortgage process.
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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.

How Swizzle’s Founder Left—and Came Back to—St. Louis

In 2009, Nick Szabo looked around his hometown of St. Louis and didn’t see a lot of opportunity. The systems and personalities around entrepreneurship...

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...

Local Entrepreneurs Announce Launch of Geniecast

Entrepreneurs Keith Alper, David Stillman, Steve Trampe and Joseph Bowers announced the launch of Geniecast at an event Downtown tonight attended by Mayor Francis...
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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.

Chamillionaire and Mark Suster Visit STL and Talk Tech Startups, Investing & Snapchat

There are a few ways you can announce a launch, but when Grammy-winning rapper Chamillionaire shared that he'd founded his own tech startup via Mark Suster's...
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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).

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...

Founder Series: Blake Marggraff of Epharmix

Blake Marggraff is a name you probably already know. He launched his first company in just his second year in college, later receiving an Arch...

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

Five 'pet-centric' startups receive recognition and funding from pet care leaders at Purina.

SafeTrek Provides Personal Safety at the Touch of a Button

Everyone can remember a moment they felt unsafe. Perhaps it was late and you were walking alone. Maybe you were waiting for a train...
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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.
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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.

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.

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.

LockerDome Announces STL Expansion, Adds 300 Jobs

Governor Jay Nixon will join LockerDome CEO and Co-founder Gabe Lozano today at the company’s Downtown headquarters to announce a 2016 multi-million dollar expansion...
Givable

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.
lifepack

Lifepack’s Paper Products Help Sustainability Bloom

Most people see paper products as being inherently wasteful: Eat off them once, after all, and then it's into the trash. Lifepack aims to change that with an innovative approach to biodegradable paper products and an eye toward sustainability.

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...

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...
AirZaar

AirZaar Is Reinterpreting Drone Intelligence

It's no secret that drones are set to play a big part in our future, and St. Louis-based AirZaar is on the forefront of the new technology.

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...
Applied Particle Technology

6 WashU faculty-founded startups show velocity for university business creation

In late 2015, when asked what responsibilities universities have to the startup community, Associate Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at...

STL Startup Gift Guide: 13 Products (and Experiences) for Your 2016 Giving

Let's face it. The holiday season is so chock full of good things–traditions, family, get togethers, work events–it's easy to get caught up in the bustle. Support a startup and get your gifting organized with our guide to thirteen gifts from St. Louis startups.

PowerPost Is Converting Brands into Power Publishers

PowerPost's mission is to turn modern marketers into publishing powerhouses. They're doing something right.
Label Insight

Getting a Move on: How Label Insight Found its Path to Growth in Downtown...

Label Insight wasn't always a multi-located, 70+ employee company that creates strategic alliances with big names such as the FDA and Nielsen. Here's their growth story–which all happened in Downtown St. Louis.
Connor Hall

Founder Series: Connor Hall

Connor Hall graduated from the University of Missouri Columbia this May, but not before creating two businesses in line with his passion for gaming: EpidEd, a...
Kaiima

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.
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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.
Start Right Foods

Start Right Foods Wants to Start Your Morning Right

Breakfast, for most of us, is normally a bit of a scramble—if we get to it at all: a bowl of our kid's cereal, reheated leftovers, a scrambled egg or two if you have a precious five extra minutes. But Start Right's founders want to change that. Here's how.

Tomas Pena of S4 Finds a Home Away From Home in St. Louis

St. Louis is in the heart of the Corn Belt. It’s a perfect seat for AgTech companies looking to serve the U.S. market, and...

Meet The 5 New Startups Accepted Into Capital Innovators Fall Class

Capital Innovators, the St. Louis-based accelerator program that ranks as the ninth best in the country, has invested in five new early-stage companies.

How Romanian Startup Appticles is Finding Connections in St. Louis

Mobile devices are being used to access content by more and more people. As a result, publishers, companies, organizations and anyone with a website...

Arch Grants Announces Summer 2016 Global Startup Competition Recipients

Arch Grants, the non-profit that provides $50,000 equity-free grants and pro bono support services for startup companies bi-annually, has announced the recipients of their 2016 Summer...

Yield Lab Announces 2016 Portfolio Companies

More than 120 applications from 26 countries were submitted for the seven spots in Yield Lab’s 2016 class. The nation’s first and largest agriculture...

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...

Dabble Is Here To Help You Play With Your Curiosity

Dabble was founded on the idea that everyone has interests, skills and passions and we all long to connect. Here's how the company is doing now and where it's going next.

STL Civic Tech Startup CTY Joins Inaugural Class of NY Accelerator URBAN-X

MINI and HAX, a division of venture capital firm SOSV, announced the names of its first cohort of the URBAN-X startup accelerator program–and St. Louis' CTY was on...

Founder Series: Jim Eberlin of TopOPPS

Jim Eberlin is a serial success. Not only has he founded two successful companies that raised more than $200 million combined in institutional investment,...
Robin Rath, co-founder and CEO of Pixel Press

St. Louis Startup Pixel Press Partners with Mattel

Mattel to manufacture and distribute Pixel Press' new video game builder, Bloxels.
Lean Media

Lean Media Helps Agribusiness Advertise Effectively

When outside-the-industry consumers think of advertising, agribusiness probably isn't what springs to mind. But Lean Media is beefing up the ad industry for its customers: here's how.
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.
Olio City Team

Olio City Wants to Help Millennials and GenXers Discover the Best of Their Cities

How a trip to London that never happened led Ellen Prinzi straight to a problem worth solving.

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...

STL Startup Tiny Superheroes is On A Mission of Inclusivity

Four years ago, Robyn Rosenberger wanted something special to gift her nephew on his second birthday, so she pulled out the sewing machine she's...
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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.
Aunt Flow startup

Aunt Flow Helps Menstruators Have Dignified Periods

How a 19-year-old founder developed her buy-one-give-one subscription box of menstrual products and aims to be a hub for all things menstrual.
Abby Cohen Sparo Labs

Sparo Labs’ Abby Cohen on Getting FDA Clearance for Wing

Earlier this month, WashU-bred biotech company Sparo Labs, headed up by co-founders Abby Cohen and Andrew Brimer, learned their Wing device gained FDA clearance. Wing hooks...
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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.

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...

SafeTrek: Downtown’s Support System

How a partnership between Downtown STL, Inc. and St. Louis-based startup SafeTrek aims to keep city residents safer.
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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.

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...

Downtown STL, Inc Partners With SafeTrek To Sponsor Safety for Residents

SafeTrek has partnered with Downtown STL, Inc to keep residents safer. Downtown STL, Inc purchased a six-month license, granting access for all Downtown residents to use...

Arch Grants to Provide Equity-Free Funding to 5 Geospatial Startups in 2020

Arch Grants Announces 20 New Companies, 25% Increase in Overall Grants Going Forward, at 7th Annual Gala Bob Chapman Presented 2019 Entrepreneur Award.

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.

Yield Lab grows next crop of AgTech startups

Yield Lab, a St. Louis-based accelerator for Agricultural Technology companies founded in 2014, recently wrapped its first cohort in September. Seven companies went through the nine-month program, which Program Director Matt Plummer declared a resounding success.

STL Entrepreneurs Impress at SXSW

This is EQ’s fifth and last article about SXSW. Read previous stories here. Although South By South West is in the books, St. Louis has left a lasting...
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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.
Label Insight

Label Insight Uses Data To Tell The Real Story Behind Your Food

Sponsored Content: What's this?  Startup founders quickly realize that the work can be exhausting. For every euphoric crest, there’s a demoralizing crater along the way. Dheeraj Patri...

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.

Founder Series: Kevin Taylor of Hey Let’s Train

Kevin Taylor is co-founder and chief technology officer of Hey Let’s Train, where they’re building a platform to connect people to professional athletes they...

How Simplify Commerce is Heating Up Sriracha’s Online Sales

Sriracha’s popularity has boomed in recent years, going from a cult hit with college kids to a staple in almost 10 percent of household...

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.

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....

Arch Grants Awards $1M in Equity-Free Funding to 20 Startups Committed to Operating from...

Arch Grants Announces 20 New Companies, 25% Increase in Overall Grants Going Forward, at 7th Annual Gala Bob Chapman Presented 2019 Entrepreneur Award.

News: SixThirty Announces its Fall 2015 Accelerator Cohort

SixThirty, the St. Louis-based business development accelerator and venture fund has chosen the six companies for its Fall 2015 cohort.

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.
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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 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...

Founder Series: Tyler King of Less Annoying CRM

A talented entrepreneur is born in St. Louis, stays in town for college to attend Washington University, but then migrates west after graduation. Unfortunately, this...

Two St. Louis Student Startups Named Among Best 8 in the Country at SXSW

https://www.youtube.com/embed/A8b_nhmdBbU This is EQ's fourth dispatch from SXSW. Read the previous ones here. Student entrepreneurs made a major contribution to the mark St. Louis left on this year's edition of SXSW. For the...

Arch Grants Churns Out Accelerator Winners

Amit Kothari has achieved the status of bad ass. The technology entrepreneur steps out of a seminar in Silicon Valley hosted by 500 Startups,...

Why Values Matter To Founders and Entrepreneurs

The Olin Business School at Washington University hosted an important discussion on the importance of values and operating principles in entrepreneurship.

College Credit

For many, college is an extension of youth, but these students are utilizing their time in school to start thriving companies already gaining national...
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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...

Startup Connection Announces 70 Companies In The 2015 Venture Showcase Lineup

Startup Connection is now less than a month away and today marks the announcement of the 70 companies to be featured in its Venture Showcase.