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Capital Innovators Welcomes Spring 2019 Class to St. Louis

St. Louis-based startup accelerator Capital Innovators announced its Spring 2019 class at Venture Cafe in the Cortex District of St. Louis. This class is...

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...

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.

Connecting St. Louis’ Gigabyte Corridor to Central Business District Shows Placemaking Potential

Completed Ballpark Village could serve as a "Perfectly Centered"​ CBD anchor for a connected set of St. Louis center City districts.

TechArtista is Hosting a Competition for Artists To Redesign Iconic Pyramids

The selected artist will receive cash compensation, a supply stipend, a $250 4 Hands gift certificate, and a 1-year drop-in membership to TechArtista.

Some Kids Just Aren’t Meant for College (Just as Long as We are Talking...

“Some kids,” the Workforce Development Committee chair said, “just aren’t college material.”A version of that statement has been uttered by countless participants in the...

Don’t Drown in “Should”

You can catch Rebecca Brian Pan this Thursday (4pm on February 7th) at Venture Cafe St. Louis' Thursday Gathering, where she will be presenting...

Crowdfunding Microbes that Eat Mosquito Larvae to Slow Spread of Disease is Latest Campaign...

Nvsted, St. Louis’ first regulation crowdfunding portal, continues to add hyperlocal company crowdfunding campaigns to its platform following the success of their first crowdfunding...

NiMONiKS Develops InsureTech on Blockchain to Cover Micro Finance Market

Nicole Mwesigwa is co-founder and COO of NiMONiKS, a startup delivering InsureTech and blockchain solutions, headquartered in Wildwood, MO. Co-founded with Hari Srinivasan, her...

Podcast: Surveying Missouri’s Startup Landscape in 2019

Missouri Business Alert’s Speaking Startup podcast explores news and issues important to Missouri entrepreneurs.In this week’s episode, we check in with representatives from the...

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...
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Last Year, Support Organizations Collectively Found Over $8.3M (At Least) in New Funding for...

This article was co-authored by Tanya Yatzeck.Last year, the Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC) drastically reduced their investment in the region, cutting it a brutal...

Startup Resolutions: Here’s What You’re NOT Chasing in 2019

Last weekend saw "the most depressing day of the year," come and go. January 12th (in the UK it’s today, January 21st, known as...

How St. Louis Activism Made Lemonade in 2018

We’re almost a month into 2019 already, but with New Year’s day falling on a Wednesday, this year got more of a gentle start than most. So, EQ’s ‘Member Berries’ series that recaps all of the cool stuff that happened in 2018 is definitely a little late but we’ve got plenty of reasons to be cheerful.

How St. Louis Made Tech Headlines in 2018

While economic development organizations have always known this, recognition that Tech companies have an important role to play in the economic development of a city has been growing steadily among the investor community. As Tech investors grapple with an increasing sense of social responsibility, they have been looking to inspiration from cities outside of their traditional purview. Remarkably, St. Louis' startup ecosystem was often on their radar. In 2018, after years of stealthy bus tours to the Midwest, prominent investors started acting on their meditations, putting St. Louis at the center of many conversations.

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...
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Mastercard Commits $250,000 To Support LaunchCode’s CoderGirl

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, Mastercard will announce a five-year commitment of $250,000 in support of LaunchCode’s CoderGirl program, which provides tech training and...

Facebook Grants Claim Academy Another $250,000 in Scholarship Funding

When Ola Ayeni, founder of four-year-old software development bootcamp Claim Academy, first heard that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was looking for him in 2017,...

Text Messages Are Getting A Major Upgrade

Just shy of a year ago, nativeMsg, a conversational AI startup co-founded out of St. Louis and Chicago, was selected to work with Google...

Step Up Your Social Selling in 2019 With These 4 Linkedin Outreach Tactics

Registration is now open for SalesMentour's next sales accelerator event on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM at T-Rex, sponsored...

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

Andrew Glantz, the CEO and Founder of GiftAMeal, a recent graduate of Washington University has been on a roll in 2018.In the last...

Wellston Business Center Helped Bella Lavish Decorations Take Passion Project Full Time

In September of 2018, a model strutted down a runway in St. Louis in an unusual yet elegant garment: a dress, cape, and headdress...

SwipeSum Raises A Cool Million

SwipeSum, the first merchant-centric online credit card processing marketplace, has raised $1 million in funding from notable angel investors in St. Louis.Credit card processing...

Applied Particle Technology Wins $100,000 in NASA Earth and Space Air Prize Competition

NASA, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), selected Applied Particle Technology, LLC from St. Louis, Missouri, as the $100,000 grand-prize winner...

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...
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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

Registration is now open for SalesMentour's next sales accelerator event on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM at T-Rex, sponsored...

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

Registration is now open for SalesMentour's next sales accelerator event on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM at T-Rex, sponsored...

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: EQSTL3Hackathons 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: EQSTL2On 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: EQSTL2Programmers 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: EQSTL1GlobalHack 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...
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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...

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