St. Louis Events // Week of February 12, 2024 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

In St. Louis, the week of February 12-18 is brimming with opportunities for entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, and marketers. Our Founder, Erik Lutenegger, has compiled a comprehensive guide to the best events and resources in the area. Whether for professional growth or personal enjoyment, there’s something for everyone.

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Open Now // Arch Grants Reminder
It’s almost that time of year, and Arch Grants is now a $75,000 non-dilutive grant with tons of resources. They also provide $25k in moving expenses if you are moving here. Get a reminder straight to your inbox. (Grant Reminder)

Open Now // Missouri Startup Weekend
Missouri Startup Weekend is an event for entrepreneurs to pitch ideas, form teams, and start businesses in just three days. It’s open to anyone interested in startups, not limited to tech. Participants can work on new or existing projects, with tickets covering the event’s essentials. The goal is to foster startup creation through a supportive, immersive experience. (Hackathon)

Rolling Applications // CIE Volunteer HSSU | The Center of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
CIE invites individuals to contribute to innovation and community empowerment in St. Louis. By participating, volunteers can lead workshops, support community engagement, and assist in events, enhancing their skills and making a significant impact. This opportunity fosters personal and professional growth within a supportive community. (Volunteer Opportunity)

​Rolling Applications // Ready! Set! Launch! | Urban League St. Louis Women’s Business Center
This 10-week online small business development program, offered in spring, summer, and fall, is designed to educate and empower aspiring and established entrepreneurs through three tiered levels focusing on business ideation, preparation, and growth strategies, including professional development, financial management, and marketing. (Incubator)

Due February 12 // 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 15 // TechWeek – Speaker Application | TechSTL
If you have an idea for a presentation in Tech then this is your opportunity to get in front of the ecosystem. All sessions must be delivered in St. Louis during the 5-day period. (Speaking Opportunity)

Due February 16 // MECCA Entrepreneurship Accelerators Application | Harris-Stowe State University
MECCA offers programs for entrepreneurs at various stages, from ideation to scale-up, with applications accepted year-round. These no-cost accelerators, including Spin-Up, Start-Up (in-person and virtual), and Scale-Up, focus on essential business skills and are open to the public, with cohort assignments based on business specifics. (Incubator)

Due February 16 // Inbound 24 Call for Speakers
Showcase your expertise in front of thousands of global attendees, connect with top professionals across industries, and highlight your brand for new business opportunities. Are you a thought leader in marketing, sales, customer success, or operations? Become an INBOUND speaker and share your voice! (Speaking Opportunity)

Due February 21 // Center For Economic Inclusion Vanguard Accelerator | Founders First CDC
This program supports Latina and Black women-owned businesses in Minneapolis/St. Paul. It provides $100,000 in business grants, scholarships to a business accelerator program, and access to forgivable loans ranging from $25,000 to $250,000. The program aims to accelerate growth, sustainability, and job creation in these businesses.(Accelerator)

Due February 23 // Black Venture Institute Cohort 7 | BLCK VC
Hosted by the Berkeley Haas School of Business in partnership with Berkeley Executive Education, this program offers curriculum-based training for Black operators and executives to become angel, scout, and venture investors. The virtual program teaches foundational investment principles, including deal structuring and board participation, and provides access to a community of industry experts and potential deal flow. (Incubator)

Due March 6 // Techstars Accelerator
Applications are due for Workforce Development. (Accelerator)

Due March 22 // Inc. 5000
The Inc. 5000 awards honor America’s fastest-growing private companies, based on three-year revenue growth. It’s a prestigious list by Inc. magazine, highlighting entrepreneurial success, innovation, and leadership across industries, offering visibility, credibility, and networking opportunities to the ranked companies. (International Award)

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.

Entrepreneur, Tech & Marketing Events

February 12

February 12-16 // Career Week | General Assembly
Embark on a transformative week aimed at elevating your professional trajectory within the rapidly evolving tech landscape. Expert-led sessions spotlight generative AI, real-world success stories from alumni, and forecast key trends in tech talent development for 2024. Interactive Q&As with seasoned specialists across software engineering, data analytics, and UX design offer personalized advice to chart a successful career path in the dynamic world of technology. (Virtual)

February 12-16 // Selling at the Farmers’ Market | MU Extension
Enhance your farmers’ market sales approach through a comprehensive online series. Connect with experienced farmers, learn about state compliance, marketing finesse, and the potential of value-added products, all while participating in an interactive learning environment. (Virtual)

A small business guide to adopting technology | Enterprise Nation
With John O’Shanahan’s vast experience, understand the transformative effects of tech-readiness on small enterprises. Gain clarity on leveraging digital tools to streamline processes, enhance growth, and minimize errors, preparing your business for a digital future. (Virtual)

Create a 12-Month Intention Card Deck | CreativeMornings
Craft a visual guide to your aspirations with a colorful, hand-crafted intention card deck. Each card combines evocative words with artistic expression, resulting in a monthly touchstone that enshrines your goals with creativity and personal flair. (Virtual)

Digital Marketing Basics | SCORE – St. Louis Bi-State Region
If you are new to Digital Marketing or need a refresher, this fast-paced introductory workshop will help you get started to promote your business on the Internet. (Virtual)

Using The Business Model Canvas | Business & IP Centre Liverpool City Region
Unpack the synergy between the Business Model Canvas and the Value Proposition Canvas, enabling a deep dive into customer segments and needs. This combination provides a detailed exploration of how businesses can tailor their offerings for maximum impact. (Virtual)

February 13

Catalyzing Prosperity: A Discussion with Ethnic Chambers of Commerce Leaders On How They Fuel St. Louis’ Economy | Mosaic Project
Discover the dynamic influence of ethnic chambers of commerce on St. Louis’ economic landscape. Chamber leaders share insights on promoting inclusivity, driving collaboration, and recognizing cultural diversity’s role in empowering entrepreneurs and boosting economic vitality. (Virtual)

Inno: Beers with the Beat | St. Louis Inno
St. Louis Inno convenes a happy hour where entrepreneurs and innovators gather, featuring the city’s 2024 Startups to Watch honorees. An opportunity for mingling with rising stars in the local startup scene ensues. (In-Person | Spark St. Louis)

Tech on Tap: 2nd Tuesdays @ Urban Chestnut | TechSTL
This is for anyone from software developers to server admins, entrepreneurs to industry newbies, so if you work in tech and like beer, this would be an excellent event for you. Join a Fireside Chat with Jake Renfro, Ocelot Consulting moderated Emily Hemingway, TechSTL during this event. (In-Person | Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall)

Vetworking STL February 2024
Join them at Global Brew for a night of networking with fellow veterans, organizations, and employers. So if you are a transitioning service member or a job-seeking veteran, this is a fantastic opportunity to meet with fellow veterans and companies around St. Louis. (In-Person | Llywelyn’s Pub)

February 14

February 14-16 // Summit Slumber Party | DesignerBoss
The design community reinvents the summit experience with a unique slumber party twist, focusing on “Systems & Processes” under the nostalgic flair of the Y2K era. Pajama-clad participants engage with speakers, sharing insights amid a backdrop of teen throwbacks and sleepover essentials. (Virtual)

1 Million Cups St. Louis | Presenter: Better than Yesterday
This event is for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the innovation community here in St. Louis. (In-Person | CIC @ Sarah)

How to Create a Bio that Attracts Opportunities | WE NYC
This workshop, guided by Danielle Hughes of More Than Words Marketing, paves the way for professionals to communicate their essence in bios. Attendees gain insights on differentiating themselves and authentically attracting opportunities that align with their personalities. (Virtual)

Geosaurus Unleashed | T-REX
This month’s event will feature a conversation with Paul Costigan, Sr. VP & Missouri Refugee Coordinator, who will present and discuss their mission here in St. Louis over lunch. (In-Person | T-REX)

Interactive Virtual Crash Course – Learn JavaScript! | Savvy Coders
Experience the thrill of learning to code with a virtual JavaScript course that offers a glimpse into full-stack development and the transformative potential of coding expertise in the professional landscape. (Virtual)

February 15

Private Label – It’s Not Rocket Science…or is it? | AMA Saint Louis
Gain insights from Tom Welgeof Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. on the significance of private label marketing, exploring strategies for high profit margins and customer loyalty while discovering the unexpected role NASA played in innovative product expansion. (In-Person | Maggiano’s)

How to Optimize Digital Experiences to Drive Results in 2024 | MarketingProfs+ON24
Dive into optimizing digital engagements to extract actionable first-party data, equipping yourself with strategies to leverage this information for identifying prime leads and driving revenue growth. (Virtual)

How to Create Business Growth in the New Year | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
With two decades of expertise, Ira Gostin imparts valuable lessons on fine-tuning marketing approaches to foster business advancement. Learn to navigate market shifts and assess engagement metrics for meaningful growth in the year ahead. (Virtual)

Skandalaris Launchpad Info Session | Skandalaris Center
Learn about the Skandalaris Launchpad summer program, which provides a platform for ventures to scale and students to dive into startup internships. The session will illuminate the application process and the program’s inclusive benefits. (In-Person | Skandalaris Center)

MAC Business Development Group Happy Hour
Join the MAC Business Development Group for a fun networking opportunity! (In-Person | Missouri Athletic Club)

2024 Business After Hours | Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Metro St. Louis
Unwind and network at the Business After Hours events, where professionals across various industries mingle with the Hispanic Chamber membership. A monthly opportunity to foster connections, emphasizing safety and responsibility. (In-Person | International Institute of St. Louis)

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)

February 16

Filament Friday | Filament
You can spend the day with the Filament team with opportunities to pick their brains, brainstorm solutions to some of your personal work challenges, and co-work in a unique space with other cool people. (In-Person | Filament)

Bourbon Friday at TechArtista Downtown
It’s Friday, and it’s not Friday without Bourbon Friday. And you can join us at Techartista CWE 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 | TechArtista Central West End)


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