St. Louis Events // Week of December 4, 2023 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

Hey, St. Louis! Get ready for a week filled with exciting opportunities for entrepreneurs, tech lovers, and marketers. Our founder, Erik Lutenegger, has put together a can’t-miss list of events for December 4-8 – perfect for networking, skill-building, or just having fun. Check out what’s happening in our city and find your next great adventure!

Funding, Accelerator & ESO Opportunities

St. Louis is one of 7 US cities in the top 20 for the fastest-growing startup ecosystems. Let’s keep that going with these Capital and Programming opportunities.

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)

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

Startup, Tech & Marketing Events

We’re coming off a TG week, so we’re all trying to get our feet under us and get back in the swing of things. Here are some great events to get started.

December 4

Finding suppliers for your fashion brand | Enterprise Nation
Uncover the foundations of securing a sustainable supply chain for your fashion brand, as Natalie Binns imparts her wisdom on selecting ethical suppliers and fostering durable collaborations. (Virtual)

Your Podcasting Questions Answered with Jason Allan Scott | NY Public Library, Thomas Yoseloff Business Center
Jason Allan Scott opens the floor to answer critical questions about podcast profitability, providing insights into revenue strategies, download thresholds, and the synergy between podcasting and YouTube. (Virtual)

Endgame of Entrepreneurship Expo | Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation & Entrepreneurship
This event at Umrath Lounge features Endgame of Entrepreneurship project teams presenting their business ideas and prototypes. Winners will be announced on that evening with opportunities for networking, snacks, and celebrating the students’ achievements. (In-Person)

December 5

December 5-6 // NSF SBIR Interactive Workshop | Missouri SBDC
Participate in a hands-on experience with seasoned professionals, navigate the journey of NSF grant applications, and apply learned tactics in breakout sessions to prepare competitive submissions. (Virtual)

December 5-6 // BUILD 2023: Dev Conference for AI & Apps | Snowflake
Discover and test drive app and genAI innovations through demos, hands-on labs, and product deep dives. Join other developers, engineers, data scientists, and startups for two full days of sessions focused on building and monetizing apps, data pipelines, and ML workflows. (Virtual)

#ConnectSTL Digital Inclusion Summit
Embark on a journey towards digital equality with the City of St. Louis as industry and community leaders unite to bridge the digital divide, sponsored by Verizon. (In-Person)

Virtual Conference: Martech: Automation & AI | American Marketing Association
Unpack AI’s practical applications in marketing as industry leaders like Shelly Palmer chart a course through optimization, personalization, and the generative marketing revolution. (Virtual)

2023 Esri Defense and Intelligence Seminar—Saint Louis
Defense and intelligence gathering to leverage the geographic approach through GIS technology, enhancing decision-making with user stories and cutting-edge geospatial solutions. (In-Person)

Unlock Your business potential with the WBDC | Women’s Business Development Center
Experience an enriching session with the WBDC team, highlighting pathways to corporate success, entrepreneur communities, and strategic growth through certification leverage over coffee and pastries. (Virtual)

How to Build, Evaluate, and Iterate on LLM Agents |
Hone your skill in building LLM Agents using LlamaIndex frameworks while mastering evaluation with TruLens tools through practical guidance from leaders in AI Observability and data frameworks. (Virtual)

How to Create a Fundable Startup in 2024 | Founder Institute
Converge with experts and entrepreneurs to imbibe the nuances of creating a fund-worthy startup, learning to articulate an impactful vision, optimize offerings, and cultivate an exceptional team. (Virtual)

December 6

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: The Phoenix Group STL-HR Coach & Iridium (In-Person)

Your Integration Virtual Summit | SAP
Are you an IT Leader, CIO/CDO/COO, Integration Practitioner, or Enterprise Architect? You’ll want to attend this value-packed event that will pull back the curtain to show you how to successfully bridge the gap between systems and processes and overcome integration challenges. Global experts will explore the latest iPaaS trends and deliver hands-on demonstrations of winning integration scenarios. (Virtual)

Tech Trends to Watch for 2024 | Insider Intelligence
Yory Wurmser and Jim Warner guide a deep dive into 2024’s seminal tech trends, examining the burgeoning role of generative AI, connected cars, and expanding immersive media landscapes. (Virtual)

Power Lunch & Learn: ChatGPT for Careers | Olin Business School
Join a discussion with author Jeremy Schifeling on how to use AI to accelerate your job search with ChatGPT to find your career path, enhance your resume & LinkedIn, prepare for an interview, and find the right balance between AI support and human creativity. (Virtual)

How to Write a One-Page Business Plan: A Step-by-Step Guide | SCORE – Southwest Missouri
Master crafting a one-page business plan to meticulously organize and communicate your business objectives, learning its advantages and practical applications for a focused strategy. (Virtual)

Government Contracting 101 | Apex Accelerators of Missouri – Kansas City
Get acquainted with the essentials of government contracting, from initial registrations to tapping into the MO APEX Accelerators’ array of services designed to enhance procurement success. (Virtual)

December 7

Content Summit 23
Experience a narrative evolution with leading brand storytellers, providing a rich tapestry of sessions to hone your content strategy and marketing tactics for a story-driven future. (Virtual)

AI-Powered Personalization: Crafting the Customer-Centric Future | MarketingProfs
Dive into AI’s role in reshaping the marketing landscape with Drift’s Ottavio Dattolo and Caitlin Seele, focusing on personalized customer engagement and seamless buying experiences. (Virtual)

How to Start Your Online Business for Next to No Money | SCORE
Uncover the blueprint for establishing an online business economically, where experts guide you through digital foundation creation and judicious investment planning to attract customers. (Virtual)

AI-Powered Marketing Strategies for Business Growth in 2024 | Network After Work
Joe Apfelbaum explores AI-powered marketing strategies, offering insights on utilizing intelligence to boost efficiency and foster significant business growth in the upcoming year. (Virtual)

Holiday Happy Hour | AMA Saint Louis
Mark your calendars for an evening of ‘seasonal targeting’ with the American Marketing Association St. Louis Chapter at Global Brew in Rock Hill. This is a great chance to network with fellow marketers while having fun and learning about how you can get involved. Cash bar and holiday nibbles provided! (In-Person)

Venture Cafe St. Louis | StartupSTL: Pitch Competition & Startup Fair
Join us to unveil StartupSTL, TechSTL’s new ecosystem initiative, with a startup resource fair. (In-Person)

PRSA St. Louis Bar K Holiday Networking Happy Hour | PRSA St. Louis Chapter
PRSA St. Louis members and their canine companions mingle at Bar K, fostering connections in a festive, two-hour Happy Hour dedicated to networking and holiday cheer. (In-Person)

Founders Lounge – MultiPass Venture Community | 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)

Rhythm & Dough: A Music & Marketing Experience | HeyDays HQ
Experience an evening of rhythm and knowledge at Rhythm & Dough as guitar tunes fill the air, paired with marketing expertise and the irresistible taste of Nicky Slices’ pizza. (In-Person)

December 8

Simple SEO Tips to Improve Online Performance | SCORE
Absorb practical SEO techniques to elevate your online visibility as an expert explains easy-to-implement strategies and long-term optimization plans for lasting search engine success. (Virtual)

Building An Outstanding Venture Fund Pitch Deck | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Learn to craft a captivating pitch deck as an up-and-coming venture fund manager with guidance from Nasdaq’s Entrepreneurial Center, complete with expert insights and personalized feedback. (Virtual)

Filament Fridays | Filament
Mark your calendars for an evening of ‘seasonal targeting’ with the American Marketing Association St. Louis Chapter at Global Brew in Rock Hill. This is a great chance to network with fellow marketers while having fun and learning about how you can get involved. Cash bar and holiday nibbles provided! (In-Person)

Bourbon Friday 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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