The Coworking Guide to St. Louis

Looking to rent affordable office space? If you're new to the concept of "co-working," you’ll love our guide to coworking spaces in St. Louis....

5 Downtown St. Louis Developments To Get Excited About Right Now

Downtown St. Louis continues to grow and thrive as an inviting environment for both businesses and residents. Here are five of the newest developments you’ll want to keep an eye on.
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St. Louis Startup Ecosystem Map

It takes a city to raise a startup. From organizations focused on building tech talent to some of the best accelerator programs in the country, St....
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Downtown STL’s New President And CEO Missy Kelley On What Downtown Needs Now

Melissa “Missy” Kelley, a longtime local business, marketing and communications leader and executive was promoted to President and CEO of Downtown STL, Inc. (DSI), and...
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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.

$50 Million Investment in St Louis from Microsoft Follows Opening of New Building at...

The new 4220 Duncan building represents the next phase of development in St. Louis at the Cortex Innovation Community, which will see the opening...

Varsity Tutors Opens $5.9m Headquarters in Clayton; Looks to Add 150 Jobs

Varsity Tutors, a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement, has opened a new 20,000 square-foot, $5.9 million...
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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 Normal Brand is Making Life in the Middle Look Good

More often than not, "flyover territory" is influenced by coastal trends. But earlier this year, recognizing the need for "The Middle" to define a style as...
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IKEA Launches Its First Program for Startups: a 3-Month IKEA Bootcamp in Sweden

IKEA has announced it is inviting entrepreneurs all over the world to participate in IKEA Bootcamp, its new startup program developed in collaboration with Rainmaking, a global cooperative of entrepreneurs with experience building innovation programs and bringing startups and corporates together.
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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...

STL Sitter Allows You To Book A Babysitter Instantaneously: Date Night, Anyone?

In March of this year, Clark, a 26-year-old St. Louis native, launched a local, full-service babysitting agency with comprehensive online capabilities—a first in the...
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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. In this feature series, we explore its past, present and future with an eye to impact.

The Pikazo App Transforms Your Photos Into Masterpieces (No, Really)

If you've ever wondered how Picasso would paint your mood or how Van Gogh's brush strokes would depict the St. Louis skyline, you'll soon...
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St. Louis Startup Accelerator Guide

We lay out the startup accelerator and startup incubator options for entrepreneurs based in St. Louis and those looking at what our city has...
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Introducing STLTechMap: A New Interactive Ecosystem Map for St. Louis

A new crowdsourced mapping system has arrived in St. Louis’ startup scene: STLTechMap.com.
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Cortex Looks Ahead: Cortex Special Feature, Chapter 4, 2017 and Beyond

An update on Cortex's latest phase of development–and what's to come after that.

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...
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Cortex Shifts Focus: Cortex Special Feature, Chapter 3, 2010-2016

The moment in the story where everything changes: Cortex becomes a mixed-use district for innovators of all stripes.

One of the St. Louis Region’s Most Successful Young Founders Launches New Startup

At the recent Arch Grants gala, a phrase was used throughout the evening to describe one of the most important goals of the St....
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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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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.

Get to Know T-REX Community Director Kathleen Bauer

Walk the halls of Downtown T-REX and you might find yourself gazing at some slightly unusual wall decor. Maybe you spot an 18th century...
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CIC Launches Third Innovation Hub in the Cortex Innovation Community

The Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) announced it will open a new 41,000-square-foot space in the Cortex Innovation Community.
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Disrupting The Tech Talent Gap With Rosa Mayer

If you're in the startup community, you know Rosa Mayer. Rosa moved to St. Louis in 2009 to work with College Bound. When that...

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...
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Venture Café St. Louis Announces New Executive Director

Today, Venture Café St. Louis named entrepreneur and marketing veteran Tyler Mathews as its next executive director effective January 17.
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Ginger Imster Joins the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership as VP of Innovation &...

The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership announced today that Ginger Imster will join the organization as Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Imster will be moving to the post from her position as Executive Director of Arch Grants.
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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.

What’s New with TechShop St. Louis

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Kirkwood High School students and staff had the day off in preparation for the holiday weekend. But rather than...

4 Hands to Release City Wide to Benefit St. Louis Non-Profits

On Monday, April 11, St. Louis craft brewery 4 Hands Brewing Co. will release its newest beer, City Wide, in support of four area...
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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...
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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.

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...

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

San Francisco-based startup Covo recently acquired the historic Mississippi Valley Trust building in downtown St. Louis as part of their global expansion plans. The...
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5 Ways For Tweens and Teens to Get Involved in Coding this Summer

We’ve gathered some of the best events from all over the city to mark on your calendars. If you have events you’d like to see...
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T-REX Startup Incubator Releases First Impact Report, Announces Boundless as New Tenant

T-REX, the Downtown St. Louis innovation center dedicated to helping technology startups thrive, today delivered its first report highlighting the organization’s economic impact on the St. Louis community since its founding in 2011. Presented in an interactive digital format, the report details the success T-REX has had. Here are some highlights.

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

Arch Grants has awarded $900,000 in grant funds to 18 new startups and early-stage businesses. The winners were announced at the 5th annual Arch...

Matt Homann is Making Meetings Interesting (Finally) with Filament

We’ve all been in one of those meetings where the speaker is droning on, reading aloud each bullet from his Power Point presentation while...

When St. Louis Innovators Go To Ireland and France: What Happened and What’s Next

Thirty St. Louis innovation leaders, including representatives from St. Louis economic development agencies, elected officials, entrepreneur support organizations, startup companies and multi-national corporations, wrapped...
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Where To Live In Downtown St. Louis

It’s no secret that Downtown St. Louis is quickly becoming one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the metro area. Delivering on the live-work-play qualities that more St. Louisans are looking for, Downtown offers plenty of spots to hang your hat. Here are eight places urban dwellers will love, all within blocks of the Downtown innovation community.

St. Louis Startup Resources At A Glance

St. Louis has the one of the fastest growing startup scenes in the country, thanks to a supportive business culture that nurtures new tech...

Ten Semi-Finalists Announced for $1,000,000 Pitch Competition

Chaifetz Group has announced that ten companies have advanced to the semi-final round of the inaugural Chaifetz STLaunch investment pitch competition. Over the next...

How Express Scripts Fosters a Culture of Innovation

A national leader in the prescription medication industry, Express Scripts has stayed ahead of the curve by focusing on innovation and using data to...
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Interview: Travis Sheridan on Venture Café’s Global Expansion, Innovation’s Role in Social Justice Movements

A fixture in St. Louis’ innovation scene, Travis Sheridan is known as a community builder. Whether it’s through his work at Venture Café, where...
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Capital Innovators Announces Its Spring 2017 Accelerator Class

Capital Innovators Spring class includes companies serving industries in Fitness Technology, Sports Technology, EdTech, Crowdfunding, and Consumer Packaged Goods. See who joined the program.

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

Update: Happy Halloween 2018! To celebrate, we've launched a new EQ Director's Cut of this story. Use this short URL http://bit.ly/EQhalloween to share the...

New CRM Software Startup Promises to be Next Unicorn from St. Louis

The St. Louis startup community already has several CRM software companies helping to build the local tech scene. The most well-known is Less Annoying...

Big News: EQ Has Been Acquired by Longneck & Thunderfoot

Today, I’m thrilled to announce that EQ has been acquired by Longneck & Thunderfoot, LLC. I want to take a moment to personally introduce them and share more about how this exciting moment came to be.
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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.

How Sling Health Grew from a Washington University Organization to a National Model

In January 2013, their second year of the M.D.-Ph.D. program in biomedical engineering at Washington University, Stephen Linderman and his classmates made two critical...
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How CTY’s Flagship Product Numina Can Change The Way Cities Interact

St. Louis-based technology company CTY has had a busy summer. After winning a $35,000 grant from the Knight Foundation in April, founders Tara Pham and Martin McGreal and their team...
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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.

Founder Series: What Drives Serial Entrepreneur Bob Lozano?

In 1991, Bob Lozano stood in a Southwestern Bell boardroom presenting ideas to a table full of high-level executives. Lozano and his team, part...
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St. Louis Startups and Innovation Leaders Join Delegation to Ireland and France

Last summer, a group of 23 business and civic leaders traveled to Ireland on a trade delegation. It was upon the invitation of US...

15 FinTech Startups Chosen for the St. Louis Startup Roadshow in New York City

Accelerate St. Louis, Thomson Reuters and the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s Financial Forum announced today in a release that 15 startups have been chosen to...

2 Months In, A Look at St. Louis’ TechShop Makers

October 22 was  a big tadoo. TechShop held its grand opening and hosted a weekend of making. After TechShop opened its doors, makers with...

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...

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...

Meet The Winning Team Of GlobalHack V: Inveo

Next time you get caught speeding in a neighborhood other than your own, you might have some helpful hackers to thank for making the...
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8 St. Louisans Chosen as 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists

EY announced its finalists for the 2017 Entrepreneur Of The Year awards for the Central Midwest. Meet the eight big winners from St. Louis.

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...

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...

This App Makes Life Easier for STL Transplants

Being the new kid on the block is never easy. You have to find a place to live, places to shop, new bars to frequent,...

Meet Tim Stern: General Partner of Cultivation Capital

Timothy Stern, a General Partner at Cultivation Capital, knows what it takes to build a company. He also believes that innovation and a focus on technology...

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...

Spotlight: Crystal Martin on What Entrepreneur Means to Her

Crystal is the St. Louis community engagement manager for LaunchCode. A Michigan native, coding captured her attention and kept her in St. Louis. How did you...
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The TenantLoop App Aims to Improve Landlord-Renter Communication (Finally!)

Rental property managers and landlords are all too familiar with how difficult it is to contact renters and hear back in a timely manner....
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St. Louis Regional Chamber Names Andrew Smith as New VP of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The St. Louis Regional Chamber today announced its new Vice President, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Andrew Smith. Smith will lead Chamber initiatives that increase regional capacity to support entrepreneurs with the capital, infrastructure and networked relationships.

Innovation Hall is Emblematic Of All Our Achievements In Building The St. Louis Startup...

The opening of Innovation Hall in the Cortex Innovation District represents a new phase for the St. Louis startup community. In just ten years,...

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...
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How Tom Brutnell Balances Research and Application

As the global population increases, agricultural yields must increase to feed the world’s population. Compounding the explosive population growth is the decreasing available tillable...

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...
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Ginger Imster on Diversity in Tech, Making St. Louis a Startup Magnet & Upcoming...

Imster has been tasked with promoting our region to startups in the US and around the world. We sat down with her to catch up on the Partnership's upcoming initiatives around innovation and entrepreneurship.

Regional Business Council Announces 28 New Members of the Young Professionals Network Leadership...

The St. Louis Regional Business Council welcomed 28 new leaders to the 2016-2017 Young Professionals Network (YPN) Leadership 100 last night at an induction dinner...

Venture Cafe St. Louis to Open Innovation Hall at Cortex

Scheduled to open mid-2018, Venture Café’s Innovation Hall will be the first civic innovation center in the Midwest geared toward entrepreneurs and innovators. Innovation...

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,...

San Francisco Coworking Startup’s HQ2 Will Be In St. Louis

Rebecca Brian-Pan, coworking pioneer and founder of the coworking startup, Covo, is poised for global expansion. She’s chosen St. Louis, Missouri, as the next...
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Venture Café Expands Programming to 39 North and LaunchCode Mentor Center

For over two years, Venture Cafe has been a mainstay of St. Louis' innovation community. Its centerpiece, the Thursday Weekly Gathering, is an event that...

A White Lie At Venture Cafe’s Thursday Gathering Led to a White Wedding at...

Venture Cafe’s Thursday Night Gathering is founded upon the philosophy that bringing people together creates "serendipitous collisions," which can lead to completely unpredictable positive...

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...

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...

Could St. Louis Become the Next Startup Nation?

When Atomation, my Internet of Things company, moved its headquarters from Tel Aviv to St. Louis last year, the choice likely puzzled some. Wouldn’t...

An Introduction to Regulation Crowdfunding

Until recently, 90 percent of Americans were banned from making private investments in startup companies. That’s because prior to legislation approved in May 2016,...
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Downtown St. Louis Garment District Continues to Grow with Search for New Placemaking Services

Significant investments in Downtown St. Louis over the last two decades have transformed former desolate areas like Washington Avenue into a thriving dining and entertainment destination. Now, In order to leverage opportunities for continued growth of the district, Downtown STL, Inc., in partnership with the Saint Louis Fashion Fund and others, is seeking proposals for placemaking services for the Historic Garment District in Downtown St. Louis.

Meet the Underground Storyteller Creating Windows to the Soul (of the City)

Underground culture plays an important role in shaping a community, and one Florissant native is working to reshape how others view Saint Louis. More...
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Missouri Venture Forum Brings Together 36 Speakers for Its Free Investor and Entrepreneurship Conference...

In one of the largest local efforts to link the St. Louis startup community with leading experts, Missouri Venture Forum has landed more than 35 speakers for its second annual "Roadmap to Entrepreneurship" conference.
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Why STL Innovators Should Attend “Downtown Online” on June 15

St. Louis’ Downtown has seen a tremendous amount of growth over the last few years. To celebrate this growth and to share updates with the public, Downtown STL, Inc. will host its annual event, “Downtown Online,” on June 15. Here's why you should be there.

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...

Interview: Engineering Success

Washington University entrepreneurship chief Dedric Carter on St. Louis’ challenges and opportunities and the value in failure.

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...

Man in the Middle

How Cultivation Capital’s Managing Director Brian Matthews is shaping St. Louis’ startup ecosystem.
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The Creation of Cortex: Cortex Special Feature, Chapter 2, 2002-2009

Chapter two in a series on Cortex’s development from a fledgling nonprofit to nationally known innovation district.

A Shark Tank Success Story

I am a big fan of the show “Shark Tank” and find it both entertaining and educational. It’s also the the one place on...

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

What's Your Startup Resolution for the New Year and Why? We invited members of the St Louis Startup Ecosystem to respond to that question. Their...

What You Need to Know About Cortex Commons This Season

There’s plenty of research that suggests working inside for too long stifles creativity and innovation. Cortex Commons, with special events manager Jessica Labozzetta, at the...

Gerard Craft Talks Business Strategy Behind Closing Niche

Chef Gerard Craft has forged his place in St. Louis cuisine, one successful restaurant at a time. He made headlines earlier this month when...

Disrupting Medicine with Dr. Henry Randall

Dr. Henry Randall is the Division chief, adult and pediatric transplantation at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and is bringing the Society of...