St. Louis Events // Week of December 11, 2023 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

Are you involved in St. Louis’s entrepreneurial, tech, or marketing scenes? Our local ecosystem is buzzing with opportunities! From networking to skill-building and everything in between, we’ve got something for everyone. Dive into this week’s guide, curated by Erik Lutenegger, our Founder, for events and opportunities in St. Louis during December 11-15.

Funding, Accelerator & ESO Opportunities

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Due December 15 | Atomic Grant – Passion Collective
This program offers four grants to support individuals in realizing their passions that contribute positively to themselves and others. Recipients receive a $1,500 cash grant, coaching from Keystone Group International, and a free year of Passion Collective On Demand (Funding)

Due December 31 | TechSTL Membership Sale
TechSTL is having a “Black Friday” sale on their Individual & Organization memberships until the end of the year. (Membership)

Due January 5 | Best Places to Work Awards 2024 | St. Louis Business Journal
If your company offers employees a great work life balance and stands above the rest in employee satisfaction, it could be a Best Place to Work in St. Louis.

Due January 8 | Corporate Counsel Awards 2024 | St. Louis Business Journal
As part of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2024 Corporate Counsel Awards, we’ll recognize the best and brightest legal minds in the corporate landscape. 

Due January 22 | Innovation in Philanthropy Awards 2024 | St. Louis Business Journal
Is your company or organization making a difference in the St. Louis community through an innovative partnership?

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

Marketing, Startup & Tech Events

The holiday party madness continues this week. Check out all the parties, networking, and programming.

December 11

How to become a one-pitch wonder and win more business | Enterprise Nation
Hone your pitch to captivate potential clients and secure business growth. Danny Matthews reveals how concise, compelling communication opens doors to fruitful relationships and opportunities in the professional world. (Virtual)

New Skills for Work (N.S.F.W.): Your Yearly Retrospective | Filament
Celebrate personal and professional milestones over the past year, analyzing victories and learning opportunities. The retrospective translates past experiences into actionable knowledge for career advancement. (In-Person)

December 12

AI in Action |
Uncover how artificial intelligence is redefining the business and tech world with practical examples. Insights on AI’s role in boosting efficiency and spurring innovation, alongside ethical considerations, are brought to the forefront. (Virtual)

B2B Marketing Trends to Watch for 2024 | Insider Intelligence
Kelsey Voss and Heather Polen discuss the anticipated trajectory of generative AI in B2B marketing, examining resource management and the technology’s impact on human connections. (Virtual)

Impactful Entrepreneurship | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Unravel the power of combining entrepreneurship with social responsibility as Mike Miles shares expertise on fostering visionary leadership and integrating corporate social responsibility in impactful businesses. (Virtual)

WE NYC: Understanding Personality Types for Better Business Relationships | WENYC
Entrepreneurs gain insights on behavioral dynamics with Rebecca Maxwell, learning to navigate different personality traits for improved collaboration and relationship-building in the professional sphere. (Virtual)

Collider: Preparing Your Business for Federal Contracts | GEOINT Hub @ T-REX
Small business owners discover the prerequisites for government contracting, exploring how to align with federal standards and strategically position their dual-use technology for national security purposes. (In-Person)

STL Women of Tech Gathering at Spark Coworking | TechSTL
At this quarterly gathering, attendees will celebrate influential women disrupting the tech scene in St. Louis, engage in inspiring conversations, and acknowledge top female innovators over light breakfast and Mimosas. (In-Person)

CIE Annual Report Mixer | HSSU – The Center of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
The CIE community comes together to highlight and celebrate the collective achievements of the past academic year, sharing successes and fostering connections at their Annual Report Mixer. (In-Person)

December 13

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:Scripture Craftsman LLC & Habuyta LLC (In-Person)

Urban League Holiday Pop Up Biz Fest
Delight in a festive evening of connection and shopping as the community comes together to support local small businesses and explore entrepreneurial resources offered by the Urban League. (In-Person)

ScalePoint Session #1 | TechSTL
Join the first of this 3-Day Executive Series on the Enterprise Integration of Artificial Intelligence and navigate the AI landscape’s evolution across St. Louis’s major fields: geospatial exploration, agricultural advancements, and healthcare breakthroughs, with strategy insights and expert panels. The day’s discourse extends into examining AI’s influence on health system innovation, empathetic customer engagement strategies, and the challenges of AI integration across different sectors, capped off with a networking reception. (In-Person)

How Far Can the AI Buzz Take Us? | Tech Brew
Tech Brew delves into the sustainability of AI’s prominence, considering its widespread applications against the backdrop of rising costs, complexity, and potential regulatory challenges. (Virtual)

The Ultimate 2024 Client Acquisition Marketing Guide | Network After Work
The event unveils groundbreaking principles of modern digital selling, offering revelations on dynamic client acquisition and the paramount online platform for networking success. (Virtual)

Pitch Lounge: Get Feedback on Your 1-Minute Pitch Idea from Startup Experts | Founder Institute
A deep dive into crafting the perfect elevator pitch equips entrepreneurs with the clarity and allure investors seek, bolstered by interactive exchanges and expert critiques. (Virtual)

Marketing Companies: Add Video Production To Your Service Offers | Connect Video
Discover seamless integration of video production into existing marketing services, offering insights on streamlined processes that eliminate the need for time-consuming custom quotes and third-party liaisons. (In-Person)

Flow & Grow: A Marketing & Movement Experience | HeyDays HQ
Come learn a new marketing tip, tool, or tidbit while enjoying movement and music from yoga to dance to sound bowls, meditation, reiki, vogue, and aerobics. This week’s program is Kemetic Yoga & Dance w/ Ankheseni + Design Thinking w/ GWG (In-Person)

Geosaurus Unleashed | T-REX
Every second Wednesday of the month we will spotlight a speaker or panel to discuss how they’re using geospatial technology in their field of expertise to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems. Don’t miss out on free beer, food, and networking! (In-Person)

Vetworking STL – Annual Holiday Party
Vetworking STL invites veterans to a festive holiday gathering for connection and camaraderie, providing a prime setting to forge bonds with fellow service members and potential employers. (In-Person)

9th Annual Every Startup’s Holiday Party | SparkSTL
Celebrate the year’s triumphs with St. Louis startups amid tacos, tunes, and tastings, sharing in festive giveaways while supporting The Little Bit Foundation’s mission for students. (In-Person)

December 14

Capital Projects ARC GIS Map and STL 2030 Jobs Plan Initiatives Tracker | Greater St. Louis, Inc.
Explore the landscape of regional development provides insights into ongoing projects contributing to the STL 2030 Jobs Plan, highlighting collective progress and opportunities for collaboration. (Virtual)

A Delicate Balance: Tech Innovation and Data Privacy | IT Brew
Elise Houlik, Intuit, and Saz Kanthasamy, IAPP, engage in pivotal discussions on maintaining vigilance in data privacy amidst the burgeoning landscape of technological innovation, ensuring ethical responsibility. (Virtual)

How To Use AI To Optimize, Personalize and Scale Your Webinars and Events | MarketingProfs
Learn to harness AI for elevating webinar engagement, enabling personalization at scale, and creating a cascade of optimized content designed to captivate and educate audiences. (Virtual)

NEW YOU Vision Board Social 2.0 | #SheCan Connect
SheCan Connect forges ahead with an early start to envisioning a remarkable new year, marking a five-year milestone with an evening of sparkle, goal-setting, and empowering dialogue. (In-Person)

Holiday Mixer | The African Chamber of Commerce
Join them for some African Food, African Music, and Great networking opportunities as we celebrate 2023. (In-Person)

T-REX Holiday Party | T-REX
It’s that time of year again! It’s time for our T-REX Holiday Party! There will be free beer and food to get you in the season’s spirit. (In-Person)

St. Louis DNA Holiday Party | St. Louis Downtown Neighborhood Association
The event will take place at TechArtista, also known as Trust Bar, located at 401 Pine. A complimentary drink ticket and appetizers will be provided. No RSVPs are needed. (In-Person)

Venture Cafe St. Louis: Winter Soiree & Holiday Market
This is the final Thursday Gathering, so they are going out with a BANG! Join Venture Cafe & TechsSTL for an evening of food, music, specialty cocktails, games, prizes, and awards! The entire evening will be one big Gathering with a huge focus on showing GRATITUDE to the VenCaf community! Mark your calendars and dust off your dancing shoes. (In-Person)

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)

Agritech Thursdays – From Red Planet Tech to Green Earth: Revolutionizing Agriculture and Carbon Sequestration | T-REX
This is a monthly, after-work event focused on agricultural technologies research and collaboration in the St Louis region. During this session Impossible Sensing’s Dr. Pablo Sobron discusses bridging extraterrestrial technology with terrestrial agriculture, illustrating a future where enhanced farming efficiency meets environmental stewardship. (In-Person)

December 15

“From the Arch to the World: St. Louis and the Crucial Role of Geospatial Technologies in U.S. International Policies” | World Affairs STL
Discover St. Louis’ pivotal contributions to global geospatial technology and its far-reaching influence on U.S. international policy, presented by esteemed experts. (Virtual)

Alambda T-Rex Tech Career Fair | Alambra
Aspiring and seasoned tech talents immerse in a rich environment at the career fair, engaging with potential employers and discovering the latest industry trends across a multitude of tech sectors. (In-Person)

2023 Green Business Challenge Awards Luncheon | St. Louis Green Business Challenge
Celebrate outstanding green initiatives as organizations gather to showcase their environmental efforts and receive awards for their sustainable achievements. Official photographs and a compilation of innovations highlight the event. (In-Person)

Marketing Planning Friday Forum | MarketingProfs
Uncover the art of personalized video marketing with insights on tailoring content to prospect’s learning and buying preferences, guiding them through awareness to the purchasing stage effortlessly. (Virtual)

NBMBAA & NSN Holiday Party | NSN St. Louis
Ring in the festivities with NBMBAA & NSN STL at their Holiday Party, where enticing appetizers, vibrant music, and cheerful company pave the way for a memorable evening of celebration. (In-Person)

Bourbon Friday Holiday Special
Join us at Techartista Downtown on Friday, December 15th, for a very special Bourbon Friday with holiday cocktails, light bites, gifts, prizes, and a little bit of Bourbon! Come and celebrate the St. Louis startup scene one more time before the Holidays! (In-Person)

December 16

12 Bars of Charity – St. Louis 2023
Saint Louis gears up for the 12th Annual 12 Bars of Charity, balancing revelry with altruism, as teams champion local causes and compete for a charitable bonus, powered by community spirit. (In-Person)

Midtown Biergarten Winter Market
Celebrate the winter season at Midtown Biergarten’s market, savoring holiday libations and browsing handmade creations from an array of local vendors, enhancing the gift-giving tradition. (In-Person)

December 17

St. Louis Code and Coffee
If you are interested in coding at any level and want a community to connect with and share ideas, this is an informal meet-up for anyone to work or hack on their project. (In-Person)

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Do you have a thrilling week ahead? Share what’s got you excited in the comments! We’re on a mission to foster an energetic St. Louis Startup, Tech, and Marketing Ecosystem. Your ideas and insights are always welcome.

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