St. Louis Events // Week of April 29, 2024 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

The week of April 29-May 5 in St. Louis is shaping up to be an exciting time for those in the tech, entrepreneurial, and marketing fields. With a curated list of events and opportunities from our Founder, Erik Lutenegger, you’re in for networking, skill-building, and plenty of inspiration. Whether you want to connect with peers or advance your business, these events are a must-attend.

Fuel Your Entrepreneurial Dreams: Funding, Accelerator & ESO Opportunities

Supercharge your startup’s trajectory with our carefully curated list of funding opportunities, accelerator programs, and ESO initiatives.

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 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 7 // Founders Lounge Startup Grant
This $1000 grant is an opportunity to help you get your venture started or extend your runway with cash in your pocket. Whether it’s for product development, marketing efforts, or simply refining your pitch – this grant could be the game-changer you’ve been waiting for. (Grant)

Due May 8 // MTC Idea Fund
The IDEA Fund makes direct equity-based investments in Missouri’s most promising emerging companies to promote growth and encourage additional future investment. They have 3 programs: the TechLaunch for pre-seed, Seed Capital for the Seed stage, and the Venture Capital Program, which supports technology startups through matching equity or convertible debt investments up to $2,000,000. (Funding)

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)

Due May 31 // Venture-Ready Missouri | Cortex Innovation District & Capital Innovators
The Venture Ready Missouri program, supported by the Missouri Technology Corporation, provides a two-part course designed to help Missouri-based startups attract venture funding. It features virtual classes focused on funding strategies and pitch development, all offered at no cost to participants. (Venture Programming)

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.

Immerse Yourself in a World of Learning and Networking

Elevate your professional growth by exploring a diverse range of events catering to technology, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Discover opportunities for learning, collaboration, and inspiration.

April 29

April 29-May 3 // TechSTL Takeover at TechArtista Downtown | TechSTL
TechSTL is hosting a series of events for its members where they will have free access to co-working spaces in the top innovation district hubs in St Louis. There will be a spooky Halloween Networking Breakfast on Tuesday and a Pizza Lunch on Friday. This is a members-only event. But there’s still time to sign up. \ (In-Person | TechArtista Downtown)

How to revolutionise your video marketing with AI | Enterprise Nation
Uncover the secrets to creating engaging marketing videos in just minutes using AI, presented by Jeremy Mason, a seasoned digital marketer. Learn to harness these tools to boost your business’s visibility without extensive technical expertise. (Virtual)

What is the DNA of an Entrepreneur? Insights from 15 Years of Research | Founder Institute
Gain insights from extensive studies into the entrepreneurial mindset, learning about the nine distinct entrepreneur profiles and how these can predict and propel startup success. (Virtual)

April 30

Fundraising for Non-Profits – Basics | SCORE – St. Louis Bi-State Region
Learn how to be the most effective in Non-Profit Fundraising. Designed for small non-profits, the workshop covers grant writing, special events and major giving. (Virtual)

Futures Wheel with Aaron Frank | 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)

Crisis Management: Transform Threats into Triumphs with AI | AMA – Social Media & AI Bootcamp Series 2024
Leverage AI to detect crises early, respond up to 3x faster by understanding scope and sentiment, and boost productivity with automated setup and reporting, turning threats into successes with Sprinklr’s crisis management solution. (Virtual)

Rapid Graphics Creation with Canva (and ChatGPT!) | Freelancers Hub
Step into a world where graphic design meets artificial intelligence, as Lydia Brinkmann guides participants through efficient techniques to produce effective social media content and more. (Virtual)

Capital Pathways Workshop | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Explore a range of programs and resources tailored for women entrepreneurs at this interactive workshop, offering crucial insights and strategies for effective capital management and business growth. (Virtual)

AI Copy Workshop: Transforming Your Messaging for Thumb-Stopping Audience Connection | CreativeMornings
Unlock the power of AI to transform your messaging and forge a stronger connection with your audience. This interactive workshop will guide you in utilizing Google Gemini to audit your copy, create relatable content, and unearth what truly motivates your target audience to take action. (Virtual)

IGNITE – St. Louis: The Epicenter of AgTech and Geospatial Innovation | Danforth Center
Explore the confluence of agriculture and technology at the IGNITE series in St. Louis, focusing on the region’s pivotal role in advancing agtech and geospatial innovations, enhancing food security, and driving climate-positive actions. (In-Person | Danforth Plant Science Center)

Demystifying Business Entities | St. Louis Business Buddies
This workshop offers a deep dive into the essentials of choosing the right business entity, led by industry experts, to arm entrepreneurs with the knowledge necessary for strategic decision-making. (In-Person | HeyDays HQ)

May 1

May 1 – 2 // Wealth and Asset Management Conference | Olin Business School
Immerse yourself in the latest developments in wealth and asset management at this in-depth conference, featuring presentations from top academics and discussions led by industry leaders. (In-Person & 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.  (In-Person | CIC @ Sarah)

Government Contracting 101 | MU Extension
Jeff Rosenblatt hosts this virtual orientation on government contracting, where participants will learn about the necessary registrations and certifications, paving the way for future opportunities in government procurement. (Virtual)

Leadership & Management to Generate True Accountability | Enterprise University
Struggling with accountability in your business? Attend this webinar to learn a straightforward approach for leaders and managers to generate true accountability without micromanaging. Uncover vital practices, evaluate your skills, and gain insights on fostering a results-driven culture. (Virtual)

Buying A Franchise – Pros & Cons | FortmanSpann Law Firm
If you are considering buying a franchise or already own a franchise, please join us for a program where attorney Kelly Spann with the FortmanSpann Law Firm will be discussing the pros and cons of becoming a franchisee, as well as helpful tips, insights, and warnings. (In-Person | Kirkwood Public Library)

Mastering ABM Metrics for Maximum Impact | American Marketing Association
Master the art of measuring Account-Based Marketing success in this insightful session. Kaitlin Sanders, an ABX expert, will redefine ABM’s modern role, highlight key metrics for evaluating campaign effectiveness, and explore how technology is reshaping ABM measurement for maximum impact. (Virtual)

May 2

Advance STL: How to Rebrand a Region | St. Louis Business Journal
How can St. Louis effectively rebrand itself on a global scale? Attend this panel discussion hosted by the St. Louis Business Journal to gain valuable perspectives from experts in fields like business attraction, branding, public health, and historical preservation, as they examine strategies for showcasing the region’s narrative and future possibilities. (In-Person | Saint Louis Zoo)

How to Maximize Trade Show ROI | MarketingProfs
Transform your trade show approach with practical guidance from Cvent professionals, focusing on efficient scheduling and effective lead management techniques to ensure you get the most out of your event investments. (Virtual)

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)

Demo Day | UMSL Anchor Accelerator
Witness the future of entrepreneurship as UMSL’s Anchor Accelerator presents its annual Demo Day, featuring vibrant displays and pitches from its newest cohort of visionary founders. (In-Person | Millennium Student Center)

May 3

SuperCollider | Filament
Experience a day filled with learning and teamwork at SuperCollider. This event offers workshops on strategic problem-solving and the opportunity to apply new skills in real time through collaborative sessions and nonprofit partnerships. (In-Person)

EMarketer Summit: Outlook and Strategies for 2024’s Second Half
Immerse yourself in a comprehensive learning experience as the EMARKETER Summit unveils advanced strategies and insights aimed at mastering the latest challenges in digital and retail media marketing for the second half of 2024​. (Virtual)

How to use AI with LinkedIn™ to 10x Profile Views in Just 15 Minutes a Day | evyAI
Join Joe Apfelbaum as he showcases evyAI’s capabilities in live training, focusing on AI-powered strategies to streamline LinkedIn networking and enhance your digital communication and productivity. (Virtual)

Bourbon Friday @ 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)

Gallery Opening & TechArtista 10-Year Anniversary Party
Celebrate a decade of TechArtista’s creative community in St. Louis with the opening of “Life Between the Cracks,” featuring new artwork, live music, and refreshments at their CWE location. (In-Person | TechArtista CWE)

May 4

Brownpreneurs Entrepreneurship Academy
Experience the vibrancy of entrepreneurial spirit at the Brownpreneurs Entrepreneurship Academy, fostering connections and practical insights for young aspiring entrepreneurs through workshops and live entrepreneurial examples. (In-Person)

Rosé Day STL
A walking wine festival celebrating everyone’s favorite pink drink, raising awareness for non-profits empowering women and girls in STL! (In-Person | CWE)

Reimagining STL’s Economy : Community Feedback Day | WEPOWER
Be part of a transformative session aimed at redefining local economic structures, with community voting on potential solutions for lasting wealth and equity in St. Louis. (In-Person | The Caramel Room)

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What’s catching your eye this week in St. Louis’s Startup, Tech, and Marketing Ecosystem? Drop your insights and stories in the comments!

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