St. Louis Events // Week of December 5, 2022

From a TechSTL Deal to Free WordPress Optimization to Tech on Tap to One Million Cups to Velocity STL Showcase to tons of Virtual Marketing Webinars to a list of Every Holiday Party in the ecosystem, here’s a rundown from our Founder Erik Lutenegger of Events & Opportunities in St. Louis this week coming up the week of December 5-9, 2022!

ESO, Accelerators, and Volunteer Applications

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

Applications Open // SLUStart I-Corps Cohort
This program is from the Research Innovation Group in Saint Louis University’s Office of the Vice President for Research. It is designed to help researchers, inventors, and innovators in the St. Louis region extend their focus beyond academia and the lab to create successful products and services that deliver real value through entrepreneurship. (Incubator)

Applications Open // Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs | Smith College
This is an on-ramp for undergraduate women seeking access to entrepreneurship opportunities, capital, and networks. There is a chance to earn $100,000 in equity and interest-free prize money. (Funding)

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 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)

Startup, Tech, and Marketing Events?

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

Events on December 5

Endgame of Entrepreneurship Expo | Skandalaris Center
Join this event in the atrium of Whitaker Hall to see project teams showcase their business ideas and prototypes. Come support students and engage with their innovative new ideas! The Endgame project winners will be announced towards the end of the event. (In-Person)

Events on December 6

NSF SBIR Interactive Workshop | MOSBDC
From December 6th through the 7th, join the NSF SBIR Interactive Workshop from MOSBDC. This day-and-a-half hands-on workshop is designed to assist technology startups and existing businesses in learning how to apply for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) to fund their R&D. (Virtual)

How Good Is My Startup Idea? | WashU Olin’s BIG IdeaBounce® and Poets & Quants
This is the most asked question of entrepreneurship professors. WashU Olin’s Professor Doug Villhard can quickly help you find the answer with his 5-point litmus test for an outrageously successful startup. (Virtual)

How to Drive Pipeline with an On-Demand Webinar Strategy | ON24
In this session, you will learn how to re-purpose webinars after the live date, how to create on-demand webinar content for each stage of the buying cycle, how to Build Netflix-style on-demand content hubs, and How to use on-demand webinars to fuel ABM programs. (Virtual)

B2B Marketing Trends: What to Expect in 2023 | Insider Intelligence
At this webinar, principal analyst Kelsey Voss will answer this question and reveal the new year’s top B2B marketing trends. (Virtual)

Tech on Tap @ TREX
This month, Tech on Tap will host two TEDtalk style “Big Idea” presentations shared by local tech innovators Myrina Myton on NFTs and Tommy Canfield on Cybersecurity. (In-Person)

Events on December 7

One Million Cups St. Louis
If you don’t know, this event is for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the innovation community here in St. Louis. The presenter for that day is Twister’s Cafe. (In-Person)

2022 Women at Work Survey Report Webinar | Rung for Women & TechSTL
Last summer, Rung for Women and Tech STL partnered on a Women at Work Survey Report after learning that St. Louis was voted one of the lowest-ranking cities for women in tech and tech-adjacent careers. At this webinar hosted by Rung President Leslie Gill and Tech STL Executive Director Emily Hemingway, they will share the findings of the survey. (Virtual)

Evolve Your Customer Journey to Build Connection in 2023 | AMA & Sendoso
Join this session to learn Key trends and takeaways from 2022, why human connection is critical to differentiate, and how their customers successfully deliver a human marketing experience. (Virtual)

Positioning in Highly Competitive Markets | MarketingProfs
Here you learn a framework to better understand your market and its needs, How to segment your market based on the benefits you offer, and How to analyze your differentiators and stand out. (Virtual)

DEI3 Founder Reveal & Celebration | UMSL Accelerate
They will reveal the third Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Accelerator cohort and award each Founder a non-dilutive $50,000 grant and a best-in-class business development program. So join this event to celebrate some of the region’s most promising entrepreneurs! (In-Person)

Velocity STL Startup Feature | ITEN
A night of pitches and connections as the VELOCITY STL startups share their “mafia offers” and what’s next as this powerful 12-week pre-accelerator comes to a close. (In-Person)

Holiday Huddle & Fundraiser at the Hideaway! | STLX
Dive in and hide away from the holiday hustle and huddle with your STLX pals for a come-as-you-are-all cozy vibe gathering. There’s plenty to drink at the bar. Holiday flair is encouraged but not required. They’ll also raise funds and goods for the St. Louis Activity Center. (In-Person)

Events on December 8

The Social Sip | Social Media Club St. Louis
Join Social Media Club St. Louis at Shaw’s Coffee on The Hill. No agenda, no topic. Drop by and collaborate with fellow social media gurus over a hot brew. (In-Person)

Talent Forward 2022: The Future of Talent | U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Fast Forward is our forward-looking platform to explore the people, ideas, and innovations shaping our lives and businesses. Topics include The Workforce Revolution We Need, Worker Shortage Crisis, American Opportunity Index, Future Workforce Hybrid Work, Filling Jobs and Upskilling Workers, and Strengthening American Competitiveness. (Virtual)

Maximizing Lead Generation Through Integrated Marketing | AMA & RNL
Here they’ll discuss How to maximize organic lead generation through the latest search engine optimization principles and tactics. How to strategically leverage paid digital lead generation to ensure a steady stream when needed. How to ensure that you are working your existing leads to ensure that no one who approaches you falls through the cracks. How to apply the latest best practices in using traditional media to ensure that it supports the three other pillars of your strategy. (Virtual)

Beyond the Buzzword: How You Can Use AI to Better Align Your Revenue Teams | MarketingProfs
Here you’ll learn Important AI trends and what they mean for marketing leaders, the best practices for enabling your team to be successful with AI, and ways AI can help you scale up and align your sales and marketing efforts. (Virtual)

Events on December 9

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 | To Be Determined
It’s Friday, and it’s not Friday without Bourbon Friday. And you can join us at TBD 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. Don’t forget to help us select our Featured Bourbon of the Week by following us on Instagram! (In-Person)

#SheCan Vision Board Party
Don’t wait to recreate your vision board for the new year. Here come dressed in your sparkles and glitter for a fun girls’ night purpose party! They’ll have a Confetti Countdown, small bites, vision board supplies, and more. (In-Person)

[In] Between Spaces, Photography Exhibition | TechArtista UCity
This is the 2nd official art show at this location, put on by Allena Brazier, our curator in residence, and features work by artists: Carol Lara, Ben Levine, Jessica Page, and Tiffany Sutton. (In-Person)

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Holiday Fun

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

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