St. Louis Events // Week of April 1, 2024 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

The St. Louis entrepreneurial and tech scene is buzzing with activity in the week of April 1-7. Our Founder, Erik Lutenegger, has expertly curated a selection of events and opportunities perfect for those in the startup, tech, and marketing realms. Whether you’re seeking to broaden your network, enhance your skills, or immerse in the vibrant local community, there’s something special for you.

Unlock Growth Potential: Grants, Accelerators, and Programs for Startups

Elevate your startup journey by exploring these valuable funding prospects, accelerator programs, and entrepreneurial support opportunities.

Due April 4 // Dannon® Light + Fit® and Female Founder Collective (FFC) Grant
In honor of Women’s History Month, this grant program supports female entrepreneurs, offering five women $10,000 each, a one-hour expert advisory session, and a one-year FFC membership.(Grant)

Due April 5 // Missouri Startup Weekend
Missouri Startup Weekend is an event for entrepreneurs to pitch ideas, form teams, and start businesses in just three days. It’s open to anyone interested in startups, not limited to tech. Participants can work on new or existing projects, with tickets covering the event’s essentials. The goal is to foster startup creation through a supportive, immersive experience. (Hackathon)

Due April 8 // Angel City Football Club’s Player 22 Small Business Grant
This program, through a partnership between Angel City FC and IFundWomen, awards $10,000 and a year of mentorship to small businesses, with a preference for those led by women and engaged in community work. (Grant)

Due April 16 // Physical Infrastructure Grant Program | Missouri Technology Corporation
This aims to provide accessible physical infrastructure for entrepreneurs in Missouri. It supports flexible commercial spaces, sector-specific facilities, and infrastructure that fosters community entrepreneurship. The program offers funding up to $200,000 or 25% of an organization’s annual operating expenses, targeting nonprofit research and entrepreneurial support organizations in Missouri. (Grant)

Due April 30 // Cadence Cash Thrive Grant
The program offers $5,000 quarterly to small U.S.-based businesses that significantly impact their communities, prioritizing underrepresented areas. Applicants need to demonstrate their community contributions and meet a minimum revenue requirement to be considered. (Grant)

Free WordPress Speed Optimizations for Non-Profits

Tenacity has officially launched SwingSpan, a Digital Divide program that provides free WordPress Speed Optimizations for Non-profits. So if you are part of a non-profit or know someone who is, and they use WordPress for their website, apply at Swingspan.app.

St. Louis’ Thriving Ecosystem: Exciting Events for Entrepreneurs, Marketers, and Tech

The first week of April brings a vibrant line-up of events in St. Louis for startups, marketing gurus, and tech visionaries to connect, learn, and grow.

April 1

How to Host and Produce Your First Big Event | NY Public Library, Thomas Yoseloff Business Center
Led by renowned entrepreneur Ramon Ray, this virtual workshop dives into the critical aspects of producing successful events, offering strategies for growth, lead generation, and forging business partnerships to elevate your brand. (Virtual)

April 2

Strategies for Small Business Success: HR Edition | Enterprise University
This introductory course will provide small businesses with strategies to streamline HR processes, cultivate a positive workplace culture, and implement targeted hiring and performance management tactics to drive success. (Virtual)

Infrastructure-led approach to building an AI-powered, unified marketing engine | AMA – Social Media & AI Bootcamp Series 2024
Dive into the evolving world of digital marketing with a comprehensive bootcamp on social media and AI, designed to enhance strategic marketing skills and implement cutting-edge tools and techniques. (Virtual)

Techstars Fundraising Series Part 1: Ready – Raising Capital
An intro to investor readiness, where you’ll learn about what you should look for in investors, how to find investors, and how to get a warm introduction. (Virtual)

Ecosystem-Led Growth for Entrepreneurial Success | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
This session aims to equip entrepreneurs with the knowledge to utilize their partner ecosystems effectively, featuring real-world growth strategies and examples from tech industry leader Bob Moore. (Virtual)

Inno: State of Innovation | St. Louis Business Journal
Local tech leaders converge to discuss and evaluate St. Louis’ technological job landscape, offering insights into how hiring trends and remote work are shaping the region’s talent pipeline. (In-Person | Vue 17)

April 3

1 Million Cups St. Louis
This event is for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the innovation community here in St. Louis. (In-Person | CIC @ Sarah)

Government Contracting 101 | MU Extension
Learn the fundamentals of government contracting through this virtual class, covering strategic approaches, market research, and bid preparation to compete in the government sector effectively. (Virtual)

Social Media Strategies for Small Businesses | WE NYC
Discover the intricacies of social media for small businesses, from understanding platforms and insights to creating impactful content and utilizing hashtags, in a workshop designed for practical, real-world application. (Virtual)

Prepare for a Business Loan | St. Louis County Library
Improve your chances of getting a business loan by knowing what lenders require and how to prepare for the application in advance. (Virtual)

Social Relationships Summit: How to win followers and influence people to buy | Hootsuite
This summit delves into understanding consumer preferences on social media, teaching methods to build genuine brand relationships, and developing a cohesive strategy across paid, earned, and shared media. (Virtual)

Pitch Lounge: Get Feedback on Your 1-Minute Pitch Idea from Startup Experts | Founder Institute
This interactive session provides a platform for entrepreneurs to refine their elevator pitches with direct advice from startup experts, enhancing their presentation skills and startup ideas. (Virtual)

Art of the Pitch | Grid110 x HumanBulb
Engage in a practical session to refine your pitching skills, receive expert advice, and prepare for a startup competition with a chance to win a substantial investment, all within a structured and supportive environment. (Virtual)

USGIF SLAWG Meeting
This meeting focuses on enhancing St. Louis’s geospatial science careers and education, fostering collaboration among professionals to support regional development. (In-Person | The GEOINT Hub at T-REX)

April 4

How to communicate your brand’s story effectively | Enterprise Nation
Enhance your brand’s narrative with Sophie Turton’s insights on crafting compelling stories in a lunchtime webinar, focusing on attention-grabbing hooks and effective storytelling to drive business growth. (Virtual)

Build No-Code AI Apps for Your Marketing Team | Network After Work
This workshop empowers marketers to build AI applications without coding, teaching how to utilize AI for content creation, engagement analysis, and lead qualification to enhance marketing efficiency. (Virtual)

Relational Product Design: strategies for long-term customer satisfaction | CreativeMornings
Digital designer and strategist Erica Heinz guides a workshop on creating products that foster long-term customer connections, exploring strategies from audience engagement to retention for a deeper relational impact. (Virtual)

Turn Data into Meaningful Customer Moments | MarTech
Gain expertise in crafting personalized customer experiences using data insights, with a focus on Salesforce Data Cloud’s role in transforming analytics into actionable strategies for business growth and customer satisfaction. (Virtual)

How to Write a Business Plan – Your Roadmap to Success | SCORE
This webinar, led by industry expert Jania Bailey, provides insights into constructing an effective business plan and covers foundational strategies, planning nuances for franchises, and stakeholder engagement. (Virtual)

Women in Economics Symposium: Our Past, Present and Future | Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Featuring discussions on the evolution of women’s roles in economics, this symposium aims to inspire change and promote gender diversity in the field, highlighting past successes and future paths. (In-Person | Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)

Open House & Alumni Night | Claim Academy
Attendees will explore Claim Academy’s educational environment, network with past graduates, and understand the real-world impact of its tech training courses. (In-Person | Claim Academy)

Founders Lounge | MultiPass Venture Community
Entrepreneurs can enjoy an evening fostering relationships, exchanging stories, and gathering insights. It promotes networking, provides opportunities for potential collaborations, and includes inspirational talks from successful entrepreneurs. (In-Person | Aloft St. Louis)

ThurtenE Carnival IdeaBounce® | Skandalaris Center
Join the Skandalaris Center in collaboration with the Honorary Board of ThurtenE Carnival for a special IdeaBounce® event! Student groups and businesses that are planning to host a booth at ThurtenE will deliver a pitch focused on a creative and/or unique spin on their booth offering. (In-Person)

April 5

April 5-7 // Missouri Startup Weekend
Join this three-day event where entrepreneurs develop business ideas, vying for investments and mentorship amidst a community that has nurtured billion-dollar startups. (In-Person)

Women’s Financial Empowerment Workshop Series | Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis
This begins a five-week series offering women insights into financial planning, lending, and risk management, aimed at building financial independence and generational wealth, with networking and expert-led training sessions. (Virtual)

Bourbon Friday at TechArtista Downtown
It’s Friday, and it’s not Friday without Bourbon Friday. And you can join us at Techartista Downtown for our weekly social gathering celebrating the St. Louis startup scene. Stop by for 3 minutes or 3 hours for more great drinks and better conversations. (In-Person | TechArtista Downtown)

April 6

How to Start and Manage Your Own Business | SCORE – St. Louis Bi-State Region
Do you have what it takes to start and run a successful business? Then this workshop is for you. SCORE helps you on the path to success! (Virtual)

8th Annual Financial Empowerment Workshop | Alpha Kappa Alpha Omicron Theta Omega Chapter
This workshop provides practical financial advice, with experts sharing tips on savings, investments, and overcoming financial challenges, catering to individuals seeking to enhance their financial literacy and well-being. (In-Person | West Side Missionary Baptist Church)

Brownpreneurs Entrepreneurship Academy
Designed for young aspiring business minds, this series focuses on developing entrepreneurial skills, networking, and practical business insights in a supportive environment. (In-Person | St. Louis Community College – Forest Park)

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Share with us what’s igniting your week in St. Louis’s Startup, Tech, and Marketing Ecosystem. We value your input in the comments!

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