Key2Enable Launch Crowdfunding Campaign for Key-X Keyboard for Cerebral Palsy

Key2Enable, a Portfolio Company of Singularity University, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGogo to fund the large-scale production and distribution of their product,...

The “I’m No Different” Paradox

A man raised his hand during a talk I was scheduled to give. I hadn’t been back from Washington, D.C. a solid week yet,...

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

Whether you’ve been tinkering with your prototype, are ready to hit the global market, or just have a cool idea, you’ll want...
T-REX Impact Report

How Relocating to T-Rex Brought Engility Closer to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

This is not a cautionary tale of genetic engineering gone bad; it is a tale of how Engility recognized an opportunity to better partner...

Partnership for Economic Impact: Financial Empowerment and Sustainability

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), workforce development and entrepreneurial support programs, as well as distribution and marketing models are all examples of how social...

Social Entrepreneurs are Symbiotic With Traditional For-Profit Business

Symbiosis is the living together of unlike organisms-- think the plover that cleans the crocodile’s mouth or the clownfish seeking refuge with the anemone....

I Love This Radical Approach To Workforce Development

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be a judge for the first round of the UMSL Entrepreneur Quest, a University of Missouri System wide...

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...

Purchase with Purpose: Meet OneOddBird

Lori Samuels is the founder of OneOddBird, a unique women’s accessories brand that recently relocated to St. Louis from San Marino, California. Samuels is...

MADE Opens New Space to St. Louis’ Vocal Maker Community

Exactly one year after TechShop went dark in Cortex, the lights have be turned back on. The local maker community in St. Louis have...

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

This week sixty-six St. Louis startups attended Startup Connection, a showcase of local entrepreneurship held at The Globe Building in downtown St. Louis. A...

Butterscotch Shenanigans Crash Land Onto Nintendo Switch (In A Good Way)

The St. Louis based game development studio, Butterscotch Shenanigans (who's first taste of the limelight was at a Startup Connection event) have just published...

The Bourbon Friday Show with Dr. Cheryl Watkins-Moore from BioSTL

On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show we had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Cheryl Watkins-Moore, Director of Bioscience Entrepreneurial Inclusion at...

CentriCrude Is Latest Company to Seek Startup Funding via Nvested Crowdfunding Platform

As the St. Louis Startup Connection Venture Showcase kicks off, local crowdfunding platform Nvsted today launched a new investment campaign for technology startup CentriCrude...

PATHbinder Host #HackAutism Event to Solve Issues Around Autism Spectrum Disorder

While many St. Louisans held Halloween celebrations during the weekend of October 27, programmers came together for #HackAutism, a coding competition to develop tech...

The Next Frontier in Leadership Development

Attend "Optimize Your Brain For Leadership" and learn Neuro-Activation techniques and tools this Friday, December 7th, at Return to Your Power’s small group intensive...

Six People Confirm This Office is Haunted

Startups think about disruption all the time, but late night sprints at T-Rex – a coworking space in St Louis, Missouri – have seen...

Chaifetz Group Launches Competition to Offer $1 Million in Follow-on Capital to Arch Grant...

Arch Grants and Chaifetz Group have announced a partnership that will provide continued investments and support for St. Louis-based startups. The two organizations are...
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Heartland Hyperloop, Inc. Joins Missouri Hyperloop Coalition

The Missouri Hyperloop Coalition, the group leading efforts to bring Hyperloop technology to Missouri, is excited to announce that Heartland Hyperloop, Inc. led by...

3 Learnings from the “Old School Vs. New School” St. Louis Sales Accelerator Event

Pre-registration is now open for our next sales accelerator event on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM. I had the privilege...

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

Viral internet challenges seem to be exploding as of late. From the Drake inspired “In My Feelings” challenge, to the surprisingly tricky Deli Ali...

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...

Your Enemy Is Indecision: How To Reduce Sales Cycle Times & Increase Close Rates

When selling your product, your biggest competitor is always the decision to do nothing at all. Have you ever noticed how your organization is...

3 Ways (and 1 Huge Context) to Break the Investing Spiral that Works Against...

It was a sunny Saturday morning and five alumni of a program renowned nationwide for its progress in closing the technological gap were evaluating...

Arlan Hamilton of Backstage Capital to Speak in St. Louis

On Friday, October 19, 2018, the VISION conference returns to St. Louis. VISION 2018 is St. Louis' annual conference for women, minorities, immigrants and...

5 Things You’ll Get Out Of Participating in This Week’s GlobalHack

EQ readers can get a 25% discount on tickets to GlobalHack VII using the promo code: EQSTL3 Hackathons are exciting competitions that give programmers the...

Startup Talent Showcase Returns for Fall 2018

Not your typical job fair, the Startup Talent Showcase brings together innovative companies and top regional talent and connects the two via a pitch-style...
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The Bourbon Friday Show with Matt Menietti from GlobalHack

EQ readers can get a 25% discount on tickets to GlobalHack VII using the promo code: EQSTL2 On this episode of the Bourbon Friday Show...

5 Roles Every Hackathon Team Needs

EQ readers can get a 25% discount on tickets to GlobalHack VII using the promo code: EQSTL2 Programmers from around the world are drawn to...

Two Silicon Valley Heroes Share the Love for St. Louis

HuSTLing from Day One might just be paying off as it's been a summer of love for The City. Or at least really heartwarming...

“St. Louis Isn’t Just a City: It’s a Dream Laboratory,” Says Writer in Southwest...

The October in-flight edition of Southwest Airlines: The Magazine will feature an in-depth profile of St. Louis. Writer Miles Howard visited St. Louis over the...

HuSTLe From Day One: St. Louis Brand Manifesto Video Wins Fourth Accolade

The brand video designed for the Amazon HQ2 pitch took home another award, this time a 2018 Mid-America EMMY Award for Best Short Format...

What To Expect At This Year’s GlobalHack: A Step-by-Step Guide

EQ readers can get a 25% discount on tickets to GlobalHack VII using the promo code: EQSTL1 GlobalHack VII is just around the corner: This...

Integrity Drives Opportunity: It’s OK to Let Your Personal Values Influence the Direction of...

Starting a business is a long and difficult process, especially when going it alone. Erin Joy knows the difficult road of business ownership first...

2018 Marks a Year of Partnerships for Sling Health

Sling Health, a student-run non-profit, was founded in 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis as a biotechnology accelerator. After five years of operation,...

With SLU’s Big Ideas Challenge Our Minds Are Fixed On the Future of St....

SLU is currently engaged in a bold reshaping of its future. We firmly believe universities have the power to inspire transformative thinking that translates...
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Saint Louis University Becomes First in St. Louis Region to Achieve I-Corps Site Status

The Office of the Vice President for Research at Saint Louis University (SLU) has announced that SLU has become the first university in the...

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

Gremlin Social, a fintech startup in St. Louis, has acquired two companies as part of a strategic expansion: VidVerify, a video-based communication platform for...

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

EPSi, Allscripts (NASDAQ:MDRX) flagship budgeting, long-range planning, cost accounting and financial decision support platform, announced a partnership with Ilerasoft, Inc. to offer clients additional...

Here’s How Ameren Accelerator Made a Difference to Six Energy Technology Startups

Entrepreneurs from six startups, who came to St. Louis this summer to participate in the 2018 Ameren Accelerator, took part in a Demo Day...

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...

St. Louis’ Imposter Syndrome

When I first heard about Claim Academy’s idea to host a panel event at Covo STL, I thought, this could be good. The team from...

Steve Case at TechCrunch Disrupt: Partnerships Are Critical To The Third Wave Of Tech...

The Third Wave is Steve Case’s thesis (his book) that a new economy will emerge across the United States in cities that typically do...

J.D. Vance at TechCrunch Disrupt: Startups Don’t Have To Be in Silicon Valley

Last week, on the main stage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, J.D. Vance, managing partner of Rise of the Rest explained that the $150m...

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...

Steve Case at TechCrunch Disrupt: There’ll be an AgTech startup belt around St. Louis

Speaking on the main stage at TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco last week, the founding partners of the Rise of the Rest (ROTR)...

The Ag Innovation Showcase looks to the Future of Farming and Food

Farmers, researchers, government agencies and corporations from around the world have gathered in St. Louis this week for the Ag Innovation Showcase, now in...

Tech Workforce Development in the Region Approaching Crisis Level

Workforce development seems to be a topic on everyone’s mind in the economic development circles these days. In a recent commentary in the St. Louis...

Innovation and the Socio-Economic Benefits of a Connected Green City

According to a wealth of studies, the benefits of green spaces to Cities and their residents abound. Green spaces increase economic development and property...

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...

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...

T-Rex’s Geospatial Resource and Innovation Center Will Elevate An Existing Cluster

While the billion dollar NGA 2 headquarters won’t be finished until 2024, T-Rex and handful of forward thinking geospatial startups and companies are preparing...

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...

PGAV Eager to Re-Brand the City with Transformational Spaces

In the newly renovated offices of PGAV Destinations, Mike Konzen, the firm’s principal and chair, explained to me his concept of a St. Louis...

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...

Ameren Accelerator Provides a Multi-purpose Approach to Innovation and Education

August 31st marks the last week of the hands-on portion of Ameren Accelerator’s 2018 program. Since June, six “energy-focused” start-up companies have been participating...
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Here’s the List of Fastest Growing Companies in Greater St Louis Region

Hear ye! Hear ye! Here be the list of the fastest growing privately held companies in Missouri as ranked by Inc. 5000 for 2018. Needless...

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...

IoT in Agriculture Makes Heartland Tech Really Sexy

We tend to think of the tech revolution in sexy terms – the sleek new gadget, the impossibly cool Silicon Valley, the enigmatic tech...

The Real Epicenter of the Talent Crisis

If you’re reading any of the major business media outlets you’ve seen articles about the talent crisis. Whether you are a Founder/CEO or Human...

Go Fast. Go Far. Why Every Young Developer Should Attend a Conference

Join EQ for Happy Hour at Covo (Wednesday, August 15, 2018) from 5:30pm, where we will be moderating a discussion on Innovative Leadership: Register...

Bird Droppings A Deliberate Tactic For Electric Scooter Startup

After being removed briefly from the streets for operating without a permit, Bird Rides Inc. worked with local officials to make their electric scooters...
A map of the winning proposal for the Chouteau Greenway

Great Rivers Greenway is a Model of Regional Governance

The Chouteau Greenway is a vision for a connected central corridor from the St. Louis Arch to Forest Park. It is just one part...

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...

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...

St. Louis AgTech Accelerator Growing into Global Influencer

The Yield Lab, named this year as the World’s Most Valuable Accelerator in AgFunder’s 2018 Innovation Awards, is part of a growing regional AgTech...

Scrappy Marketing Tactics for Growing Your Bootstrapped Business

If you’ve ever tried starting a business from scratch, you know it’s no joke. In fact, 20% of new businesses fail within the first...

OPO Startups Members Have Raised $10M and Created a Combined Payroll of $12M. Here’s...

OPO is a co-working center for digital Startups located in the “Old Post Office” building on Main Street St. Charles. The 10,000 square foot...

Bourbon Friday “Innovate Giving” Event Explores How Social Entrepreneurs Are Changing Charitable Giving Through...

A special episode of the Bourbon Friday Show featured a live streaming of the Innovate Giving panel discussion on the intersection of Innovation and...

Investing in Apprenticeships In Cybersecurity Is A Safe Bet

Workforce development throughout all of Europe was once centered around apprenticeships. Their apprenticeship concept was a system of training the next-generation in a profession....

St. Louis Has An Incubator For Performing Arts: The .Zack

The Kranzberg Arts Foundation operates a handful of venues, galleries, and office space for nonprofits, including the Kranzberg Arts Center, The Marcelle, the Grandel...

St. Louis Has “Agglomeration” In AgTech, According To A Brookings Report, And That’s A...

The Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy think tank based in Washington, DC released a report on July 25 (2018) entitled “Rethinking Cluster Initiatives”...

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

Within the next few years, midtown St. Louis near SLU may well be the busiest 400 acres in St. Louis in terms of new...

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

Today, I’m pleased to release our 2017 annual impact report. Typically, annual reports for non-profits focus on quantitative data, such as financials, but this...
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AgTech Pioneer Benson Hill Biosystems Launches New Subsidiary

St. Louis-based Benson Hill Biosystems, a crop improvement AgTech company unlocking the natural genetic potential of plants, announced the formation of Saturn Agrosciences, a...

New Coders to Show Off Facebook Funded Projects at Demo Day on July 12

Earlier this year, St. Louis-based software developer bootcamp Claim Academy announced a partnership with Facebook Community Boost, which provided scholarship funds to students who...
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Local Startup Captures Anticipation and Nostalgia as the City Unveils the Renovated Gateway Arch...

The new park grounds, museum and Arch renovations represents decades of planning and years of design and construction and $380 Million in public and...

Stop Treating Your Failure Like it was the Ultimate Warrior

When I was a child, one of my heroes disappeared. Poof. Gone. No more. Like he never existed in the first place. It was 1992, and The...

From Science Research to IoT Device Design: Plant Analytics Startup Grows With Arch Grants

When Dr. Nadia Shakoor discovered the lack of availability and the prohibitive costs of plant data collecting devices on the market, she considered her...
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,...

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

IT buff and go-getter Geir Karlsen is on a lifelong mission to expand his knowledge — of everything from business acumen to cultural differences. “In...

Guide to Startup Pitch Events in St. Louis

With all the formats for “pitching” your company around St. Louis, how is an entrepreneur supposed to know where to pitch, and more importantly,...

GlobalHack’s 2018 Hackathon To Focus On Improving The Foreign Born Experience

GlobalHack’s biannual flagship hackathon event returns in 2018 to the Chaifetz Arena on October 12-14. If you’re new to the concept, know this: GlobalHack's hackathons...

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...

It Takes a Village (and Universities Directly Engaging the Startup Ecosystem) to Retain Talent...

On the subject of talent retention, every city finds it a challenge to compete with the bright lights of major tech centers like San...

Terrible Public Policy is Keeping the St. Louis Region from Achieving its American Dream

If you attend meetings with the region’s business and civic leaders, you’ll start to hear some consensus about what the metro area needs to...

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...

Universities in St. Louis Are More Engaged Than Ever In the Startup Ecosystem

At their recent event, Merge Summit, Emily Lohse-Busch, Executive Director of Arch Grants, discussed the role of solid research and support of entrepreneurship from...
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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...

Diagnostics Tool Developer Secures $1M in Funding to Detect GI Disease

For life sciences startup Geneoscopy, successful fundraising meant finding creative applications for their technology, accepting and implementing feedback, and lots of stool samples.

Video Streaming Startup Launches Product Aimed at Fast Growing Global Market Research Industry

FocalCast, a St. Louis-based technology startup incubated by Capital Innovators and 2016 Arch Grant Recipient, has announced the launch of their new product, Unity,...

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...

New Conference Aims to Prepare St. Louis Workforce to Transform Into A.I. Tech Hub

Among the legends within the St. Louis’ entrepreneur community, David Karandish and Chris Sims, have launched a non-profit called Prepare.ai dedicated to driving the...

Arch Grants Global Startup Competition Entrants: Get Ready for Transformative Feedback

Successful startups know the value of “failing faster” – that is, recognizing errors or opportunities for improvement early and course-correcting until they achieve their...