St. Louis Events // Week of April 15, 2024 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

St. Louis’s thriving startup and tech community is in for a treat this week of April 15-21. Erik Lutenegger, our Founder, has created an exciting lineup of events and opportunities. Catering to everyone from entrepreneurs to tech lovers and marketing gurus, these events are your ticket to expanding your professional landscape.

Elevating Entrepreneurs: Funding and Accelerator Programs

Explore these impactful opportunities and accelerator programs designed to provide the resources and guidance you need to grow your business.

Open Now // SQ1 Ignite | Cortex Innovation Community
This four-week program was created to help founders quickly start their business model validation process. Emphasizing the business model canvas, this process introduces entrepreneurs to the local support ecosystem, challenges them to form and test assumptions about their business idea, connects them with mentors, and helps them identify the crucial next steps in launching their business.

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 26 // Startup World Cup Competition
St. Louis was selected for the 2024 Startup World Cup, the largest global startup conference and pitch competition where 70+ cities send their champion team to the San Francisco Grand Finale to compete for a $1,000,000 investment prize. Submit your 60-second video, 10-slide deck, or both! (Pitch Competition)

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)

Due April 30 // International Accelerator Entrepreneurs
This 12-month program supports foreign-born entrepreneurs in the U.S. It offers free housing, office space, and legal support, plus a network of investors and mentors to help launch companies. Additional benefits include a potential $25K-$100K funding, business development assistance, and immigration services. (Accelerator)

Due May 12 // Schnucks Springboard
In partnership with the Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council, this program offers a 10-week business accelerator starting in August 2024. It targets diverse-owned businesses, providing $5,000 in funding, business development classes, in-store product trials, and networking opportunities. (Accelerator)

Due May 22 // Techstars Accelerator
Applications are due for ABN AMRO + Future of Finance, Build in Tulsa, Alabama EnergyTech, Anywhere Remote, Boston, Columbus Powered by OSU, Deep Tech Berlin, Economic Mobility Powered by Samvid Ventures, Future of Food Powered by EcolabLondon, New York City, Physical Health Fort Worth, San Diego powered by SDSU, San Francisco, Space, Sustainability Paris, Tech Central Sydney powered by the NSW Government, Tel Aviv, WaterTech & Sustainability, , Powered by J.P. Morgan: Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, and Washington DC. (Accelerator)

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

Events Fueling Innovation and Entrepreneurship in St. Louis

Dive into a curated lineup of conferences, workshops, and networking opportunities designed to empower local innovators and entrepreneurs.

April 15

Kaizen ~ A Magical Method for Multi-Passionate Creatives | CreativeMornings
Discover how to embrace being a multi-passionate creative with the Kaizen method, enabling continuous improvement and reducing overwhelm in creative projects. (Virtual)

Conversations & Connections: Explaining Your Business | WE NYC
Learn from leadership coach Rebecca Maxwell in a virtual workshop focused on mastering the art of business communication, helping attendees describe their business in engaging and concise ways. (Virtual)

April 16

How to unlock the power of social SEO | Enterprise Nation
At this educational session, discover how social media can amplify your SEO efforts with Rachael Dines, offering insights into strategies that enhance search visibility and audience engagement. (Virtual)

Your Brand and How Marketing Brings it to Life | Enterprise University
This virtual course teaches attendees how to define their brand and develop a marketing strategy to ensure business sustainability. Participants will learn the importance of brand positioning, storytelling, and delivering on brand promises. (Virtual)

Building brand loyalty: Transforming social customer service with AI | 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)

Money Smart Month w/ Dionne Motley – Budget Made Easy | HSSU – The Center of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
This in-person group coaching session aims to provide attendees with financial management fundamentals, an in-depth budgeting overview, and activities to help establish healthy money habits and lay the foundation for financial success. (In-Person | HSSU Innovation Lab)

Funding Your Nonprofit | Kirkwood Public Library
Working on a non-profit is hard enough without worrying about where your funds are coming from every day. Learn about what resources are available to you to find and WIN grants for your organization. (In-Person | Kirkwood Public Library)

A Basic QuickBooks Guide for Small Business Owners | SCORE
This free 1-hour online webinar will teach small business owners the basics of using QuickBooks, including tracking sales/expenses, generating reports, and creating invoices. Attendees will receive free business resources and a recording of the session. (Virtual)

Techstars Fundraising Series – Part 3: Go! – Mock Investor Interview | Techstars
It’s a fun and useful exercise to see how a live investor meeting goes down. So you can be prepared for your next investor call. Five or six founders will be called up one at a time to participate in a mock interview.(Virtual)

Global Food Systems – Challenges and Potential Futures with David Hunt | The Exponential Opportunity: Cortex & Singularity’s AI Innovation Leadership Program
Missouri professionals embark on a six-week journey, deepening their understanding of AI’s transformative impact through expert-led workshops designed to foster strategic innovation across industries. (Virtual)

April 17

April 16-17 // NSF SBIR Interactive Workshop | MU Extension
This free, 1.5-day online workshop aims to help technology startups and small businesses learn how to apply for NSF SBIR/STTR grants to fund R&D. It covers proposal preparation, customer discovery, and budgeting. (Virtual)

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. Presenters: Oak & Limestone and Sarah Suds Laundry Services. (In-Person | CIC @ Sarah)

“All-Out” SEO Strategy: Growing a Site From 0 to 1M | Moz
Grow your website traffic from 0 to 1M monthly visitors with the comprehensive SEO strategy shared in this live webinar. The expert presenter will cover building an inbound marketing machine, overcoming traffic hurdles, and leveraging data to improve performance continuously. (Virtual)

Build Your Brand with Smarter Video and Why You Can Always Afford It | American Marketing Association
Industry experts reveal essential techniques for integrating video into your branding efforts, focusing on affordability and effectiveness. Learn how to use video smartly to enhance your brand’s visibility and connection with your audience. (Virtual)

Catapult Your Business with Content | NY Public Library, Thomas Yoseloff Business Center
Step into a session designed to empower business leaders with the tools to create impactful content. The focus is on practical skills for developing narratives that attract and retain customers, driving business success. (Virtual)

Fundamentals of Effective Business Networking | SCORE Bi-State Region
In this presentation, attendees will learn how to develop and grow their professional and personal relationships. You’ll leave with techniques that can help build your networks, enhance your business relationships, and get referrals. (Virtual)

April 18

Catapult Your Main Street to the Next Level Webinar | Missouri Main Street Connection
MMSC’s webinar showcases two matching service grants to help Main Street programs address revitalization challenges and take their downtown to the next level with customized expertise and resources. (Virtual)

Thrivent Thursday’s Financial Literacy Lunch and Learn | HSSU – The Center of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Thrivent and the CIE are hosting a financial literacy lunch and learn session to provide valuable insights and practical tips on topics like budgeting, saving, and investing. Open to all, the event aims to enhance participants’ financial knowledge and decision-making abilities. (In-Person | HSSU Innovation Lab)

Local Marketing Success Story: Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate | AMA Saint Louis
Learn from Dan Abel, Jr., the Chief Chocolate Officer of Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate, as he dissects the marketing strategies that led to its local success. This detailed case study provides valuable lessons on elevating a brand through focused, creative marketing approaches. (In-Person | Maggiano’s)

Transforming Communities: Impact Investing in STL | Impact Investing Symposium
Engage with the principles and practices of impact investing at IIS 2024, where experts will outline the potential for societal change through strategic financial contributions in St. Louis. This event promises enlightening discussions and networking opportunities. (In-Person | Olin School of Business)

How to Incorporate AI Into Your Startup | Founder Institute
Unpack the potential of AI for startups in this enlightening session, which guides entrepreneurs through the integration of artificial intelligence into their business models. Discover tools, strategies, and real-world applications to innovate and streamline operations. (Virtual)

The Washington University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards Presented by the Skandalaris Center | Skandalaris Center
The Skandalaris Center at Washington University is hosting an awards ceremony to celebrate participants of the Global Impact Award and the Spring 2024 Skandalaris Venture Competition. The event will award up to $125,000 in funding and provide an opportunity to network with the university’s entrepreneurial community over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. (In-Person)

2024 Business After Hours | Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Metro St. Louis
The Business After Hours is a great way to meet the Hispanic Chamber membership and network, all in a fun and open environment! (In-Person | Midwest BankCentre)

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)

Accelerate Your Content Supply Chain in the Age of Generative AI | Emarketer
Join Adobe experts for a TechTalk exploring innovative uses of Adobe tools in digital environments. This session will provide practical tips on leveraging Adobe technology to improve business processes and digital creativity. (Virtual)

April 19

April 19-21 // ThurtenE Carnival | Washington University
The nation’s oldest and largest student-run carnival. ThurtenE Carnival is open to the public! You can expect amusement rides, student-constructed game, and food booths, cultural performances, and interactive games. Rides are geared towards all ages. (In-Person | Francis Olympic Field)

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 20

Fitness x Food with Food City | Serving Our Communities Foundation
Experience the unique fusion of food and fitness at Yes Honey Studio, where participants engage in dynamic workouts followed by nutritious meal planning sessions. This event combines physical health with culinary education for a holistic approach to wellness. (In-Person)

2024 GIS Workshop for Teachers | UMSL
Enhance your teaching skills at the 2024 GIS Workshop designed for educators. This event focuses on integrating Geographic Information Systems into classroom settings, offering hands-on training and resources to bring this technology to students. (In-Person | UMSL Campus, Benton Hall 401)

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