St. Louis Events // Week of December 25, 2023 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

As a hub for innovation and connection, St. Louis offers a goldmine of opportunities for entrepreneurs, tech geeks, and marketers. Looking to expand your network, enhance your business, or just have some fun? Check out our Founder, Erik Lutenegger‘s, selection of must-attend events and opportunities in St. Louis for the week of December 25-29.

Accelerator, Funding & Entrepreneurial Support Organization Opportunities

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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 21 // Fellowship | Future Founders
This year-long, nationwide program is aimed at 18 to 30-year-old entrepreneurs leading growing startups. It is a prestigious, equity-free, and cost-free program focusing on personal development and company growth. Participants gain access to mentoring, skill development, entrepreneurship retreats, and a community of peers, and do not need to be in school. The program is mostly virtual, allowing participation from anywhere in the US. (Entrepreneur Development)

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)

Due February 7 | 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)

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

Not much going on this week but there are a few opportunities available.

December 25

Merry Christmas!

December 26

Happy Boxing Day?

December 27

NFTs For Creatives: Workshop Turning Your Art into an NFT
Artists and creatives will be guided through the transformative process of minting their own NFTs, providing a gateway to a global market and a novel revenue stream, bridging the gap between traditional art and digital innovation. (In-Person)

December 28

Search Engine Optimization | NYC Department of Small Business Services
Discover the mechanics of search engine optimization in this informative course. Entrepreneurs will be equipped with skills to refine their website’s search engine presence, using keywords, tags, and backlinks to climb the ranks. (Virtual)

Over-40 Year-End Networking Hour | Out in Tech
A space for the Over-40 LGBTQIA+ tech community to connect, share stories of professional pride, and discuss emerging tech trends. The event aims to foster a sense of belonging and inspire collaborative possibilities for the coming year. (Virtual)

Pour Decisions STL Cocktail Party | Pour Decisions
Celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit with a twist of holiday cheer. Featuring DJ ESCO, live tunes from Alexia Simone, and an array of drinks, this gathering offers ice skating and a unique ugly sweater contest. (In-Person)

December 29

No Bourbon Friday This Week; Next Bourbon Friday is January 5, 2024 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)

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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. And, for those with an upcoming event or significant date, email us at

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