St. Louis Events // Week of December 12, 2022

From Free WordPress Optimization for Non-Profits to a TechSTL Deal to multiple Marketing webinars to SO MANY Holiday events including our own Holiday Special to Coding with some Coffee, here’s a rundown from our Founder Erik Lutenegger of Events & Opportunities in St. Louis this week coming up the week of December 12-16, 2022!

ESO, Accelerators, and Volunteer Applications

Are you looking for Accelerators, Incubators or Funding? Here’s an excellent place to start!

Join Now // TechSTL Memberships – Black Friday Deal
TechSTL is having a “Black Friday” sale on their Individual & Organization memberships until the end of the year. (Membership Deal)

Apply Now // Free WordPress Speed Optimizations – SwingSpan
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, go apply at (Free Help)

Due December 22 // mHUB Accelerator
This 6-month program fast-tracks high-potential startups through hands-on product development in a state-of-the-art prototyping facility supported by world-class corporate and venture investors from a leading independent hardware innovation and entrepreneurial center. (Accelerator)

Due December 30 // HR Awards 2023 – St. Louis Business Journal
The HR Awards recognizes the important work individuals, companies, and organizations are doing in the field of human resources to make St. Louis-area firms and organizations successful. (Nomination)

Due January 4 // TechStars Accelerator
Accelerator applications are due for Chicago, Detroit, Industries of the Future, New York, Oakland, Sustainability Paris, and Techstars/Audi Denkwerkstatt Founder Innovation. (Accelerator)

Due January 15 // WashU Olin’s Big IdeaBounce®
This Award supports the vision and passion of Washington University in St. Louis students, postdoctoral researchers, and recent alumni who are creating Scalable, Sustainable, For-profit, and Quick-to-market ventures with proof of concept for a broad impact. (Pitch Contest)

Tech, Startup, and Marketing Events?

The St. Louis Startup ecosystem has a ton of great virtual and in-person events this week!

Events on December 12

What to Expect in 2023 – “Trends” Webinars | Insider Intelligence
Starting on December 12th through 14th, Insider Intelligence will host a series of What to Expect in 2023 “Trends” Webinars. On Monday, it’s Tech Trends. On Tuesday, it’s Retail Trends, and on Wednesday, it’s Video Trends. In these sessions, you’ll get up-to-date information on where everything is going. (Virtual)

Events on December 13

Finding the Innovator in YOU | BubbleMate
Do you need help to take your current business to the next level? Here you’ll learn 5 ways to innovate and elevate your brand, get tips from non-technical tech founders, meet other innovators from various industries, and leave with tools you can use to stay relevant in your industry. Light lunch will be provided. (In-Person)

How to Overcome the Biggest B2B Buying Barriers | MarketingProfs
At this event, you’ll get science-based tactics that break down buying barriers, ways to make other companies’ customers consider YOU, and proven approaches to book meetings with prospects. (Virtual)

VOICES – STL Inclusive Entrepreneurship Affinity Group | BioSTL & CET
If you are a woman, person of color, foreign-born, or LGBTQ+ in the St. Louis Startup Ecosystem, this is a chance to share your voice, connect to peers and resources in the entrepreneur ecosystem, and lead change within your community and organization. (In-Person)

Vetworking STL Annual Holiday Party
This is THE place for veterans to connect to jobs and resources with other vets. We are the Premiere Networking Event for Veterans in STL! Guests are encouraged to bring a +1 as we get festive during the holidays. (In-Person)

Events on December 14

Startup 101 | SCORE St. Louis
Where do you begin if you have a great idea for a startup business? This fast-paced lunch n learn will help you on your way. (Virtual)

LIVE Idea Support | The BALSA Foundation
If you’re looking for help with your idea before you apply for the BALSA Foundation grant or just want some feedback, here’s your chance! Experts from the entrepreneurial community will give their time to give you feedback on your idea before you apply.(In-Person)

Interactive Virtual Crash Course – Learn JavaScript! | Savvy Coders
If you are young or old, a newbie, or an experienced veteran, learning new coding skills can make you more marketable and in demand. By attending, you can see if coding is for you. (Virtual)

Light Up The Commons | Cortex
Head to Cortex on Wednesday for Light Up The Commons for Music, a Countdown, and Lighting! There will be Hot Chocolate, Sweet Treats, A Build-A-Snowman Stuff -A- Station, a life-size Snow Globe Station for a memorable photo opportunity, a custom snow globe favor with your logo/photo, Holiday House Decorating Contest, a Coat Drive. (In-Person)

Hot Chocolate & Hot Topics: How to Engage Your Audience With STORIES! | ET Stories
Tis the season to load up your CONTENT ARSENAL for 2023! Join this event to mix, mingle, learn AND implement the 7 top effective ways to transform your COLD audience to piping HOT in 60 seconds or less using Stories. Holiday attire, such as ugly Christmas Sweaters, sparkles, bells, velvet, etc., are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED for this event.(In-Person)

8th Annual – Every Startup’s Holiday Party | Spark St. Louis
This year Spark is co-hosting with Katie’s Pizza and Pasta to throw one BIG holiday celebration! Come celebrate your 2022 success with other growing companies and individuals building the local St. Louis startup & entrepreneurial ecosystem! So put on your ugliest holiday sweater and join the fun! (In-Person)

Events on December 15

Thriving in a year of uncertainty – How key findings within The CMO Survey can prepare marketers for the new year | American Marketing Assoication
During this session, Professor Christine Moorman sits with Suzanne Kounkel, CMO of Deloitte, to discuss how marketers can lead their organizations toward meaningful impact in 2023. They’ll explore the latest CMO Survey to engage in a rich dialogue, so marketers see the opportunity to take a leadership position at this pivotal time. (Virtual)

Cross-Channel Marketing Hubs: The Key To Customer Obsession | Emarsys & Forrester
In this session, you’ll discover how MarTech investments can drive customer obsession, learn how to align cross-channel marketing with CX initiatives, and acquire best practices to accelerate marketing-led CX innovation. (Virtual)

AMA St. Louis Holiday Open House
Head over to Mission Taco Kirkwood for the AMA St. Louis Holiday Open House for traditional holiday nachos, arcade games, and drinks. AMA St. Louis is hosting their Holiday Open House that evening, and YOU’RE INVITED! This is an excellent chance to network with fellow marketers while having fun and learning about how you can get involved. (In-Person)

Winter Soirée | Venture Cafe & TechSTL
This is the final Thursday Gathering of 2022, so they are going out with a BANG! Join this great event 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)

Events on December 16

Social Media Marketing | SCORE St. Louis
Key takeaways from Webinar are Posting Essentials; Customer Service; Organic Growth vs. Advertising; Content Creation; and Campaigns that Convert; Presenter for this is Brittany Raji Alberty. (Virtual)

Marketing Planning Friday Forum | MarketingProfs
The agenda of this event includes Key Elements to Incorporate Into Your Marketing Plan Now, Four Ways to Make the Most of Your Marketing Efforts in 2023, and B2B Buying Trends That Drive New Opportunities. (Virtual)

Bourbon Friday Holiday Special
It’s Friday, and it’s not Friday without Bourbon Friday. Join us at Techartista UCity for the Bourbon Friday Holiday Special. We’ll have holiday cocktails, light bites, gifts, prizes, and a little bit of Bourbon! This will be our last event of 2022, so come out and celebrate the St. Louis startup scene one last time before the New Year! (In-Person)

CET SQ1 Holiday Celebration 2022
Join SQ 1 alums, presenters, track leaders, and other community supporters in the St. Louis small business ecosystem and ring in the spirit of the season. (In-Person)

Holiday Mixer | The African Chamber of Commerce
At the World Trade Center St. Louis. Join this event for some African Food, African Music, and Great networking opportunities to celebrate 2022. (In-Person)

Events on December 18

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

Holiday Fun

Looking for more Holiday fun in the St. Louis Ecosystem? Check out our Every Holiday Party List!

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