St. Louis Events // Week of December 18, 2023 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

Calling all St. Louis-based entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, and marketing mavens! Our vibrant ecosystem is filled with avenues for growth, learning, and fun. Join us as Erik Lutenegger, our Founder, presents a comprehensive guide to this week’s most exciting events and opportunities in St. Louis, spanning December 18-22.

Funding, Accelerator & ESO Opportunities

Check out these opportunities to elevate your business.

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. (Community Awards)

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. (Community Awards)

Due January 21 // Startup Bootcamp | Future Founders
This national program is an accessible and equity-friendly option for budding entrepreneurs, aged 18 to 30, looking to kickstart their business ideas. It focuses on supporting individuals with businesses at the idea stage. This free three-month program offers a comprehensive learning and development experience. (Incubator)

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? (Community Awards)

Due February 2 // STL Startup Week Committee Applications
STL Startup Week is organized primarily by local startup champions, advocates, civic leaders, and founders. This outstanding team of volunteers has continued to make sure STLSW happens annually since 2019. Help us make STLSW 2024 our best year yet! Check out a list of all of the STL Startup Week committee roles that need to be filled. (Community Opportunity)

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.

Marketing, Startup & Tech Events

Only a few events left for the year be sure to check these out to get a jump on next year!

December 18

Ask an Investor Anything: Q&A with a Venture Capitalist | Founder Institute
Engage with seasoned investors through an enlightening Q&A session, acquiring valuable insights on perfecting your startup’s fundraising strategy, understanding current investment trends, and mastering the art of investor communication for enhanced funding prospects. (Virtual)

Hacking the Human OS: Building Influence and Loyalty with Messaging | Marketing Brew
Learn from Paul Hebert’s insights on tapping into emotional triggers and decision-making processes to design influential marketing strategies and loyalty programs that leverage urgency, social proof, and other psychological drivers to boost conversions. (Virtual)

December 19

STL Business Besties – Holiday Mixer | STL Business Besties
Mingle with entrepreneurs over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, sharing insights in an inviting festive setting, and engage with business leaders to seek valuable advice from their wealth of experience. (In-Person)

Shark Tank Entrepreneurs Share Their Experience – How to Bring Your Product to Market | SCORE – St. Louis Bi-State Region
Experience firsthand accounts from Shark Tank survivors as they narrate their product development odysseys, from raw concepts to market success, and gain strategic insights into launching and scaling a business. (Virtual)

A Messaging Framework That Resonates | MarketingProfs
Uncover the secrets to effective messaging as Pam Didner distills complex marketing strategies into a concise framework, ensuring every word conveys the true value of your products and services to your audience. (Virtual)

WE Master Money Workshop: Basics of Business Credit | WE NYC
Embark on a journey to financial literacy with Monique Keith as she demystifies business credit, offering insights on its importance and practical steps to cultivate a robust credit foundation for business success. (Virtual)

LLM Agent Fine-Tuning: Enhancing Task Automation with Weights & Biases | DeepLearning.AI
Enhance your understanding of LLM task automation through expert Anish Shah’s guidance on LORA adaptation, leveraging Weights & Biases for robust metrics tracking, and strategizing effective prompting paradigms in application refinement. (Virtual)

December 20

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: Summit Sales Partners & The Lady with the Tea. (In-Person)

How To Generate Clients From LinkedIn in 2024 | Network After Work
Delve into the realm of LinkedIn client generation with Joe Apfelbaum, exploring how artificial intelligence can revolutionize lead acquisition and engagement for unprecedented business growth in 2024. (Virtual)

SMCSTL Holiday Party | Social Media Club Saint Louis
Celebrate the holiday season at Sophie’s Artist Lounge next Wednesday evening at 5pm. Feel free to bring friends! (In-Person)

December 21

Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber Of Commerce Networking Mixer | Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber Of Commerce
Immerse yourself in an environment of growth and opportunity at the Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber of Commerce Networking Mixer, where businesses unite to access resources, training, and development for economic advancement. (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)

December 22

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)


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What’s fueling your passion for the week ahead? We’re eager to hear! We’re always looking for fresh ideas to revamp the St. Louis Startup, Tech, and Marketing Ecosystem. Have an event or a vital date to announce? Email us the details at events@bourbonfriday.show.

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