St. Louis Events // Week of February 26, 2024 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

St. Louis entrepreneurs, techies, and marketers have a world of opportunities at their fingertips. From enriching networking events to supportive business resources and skill-enhancing workshops, there’s something to cater to every need. Erik Lutenegger, our Founder, brings you this week’s highlights of events and opportunities in St. Louis, happening February 26 – March 3.

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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 26 // Camelback Fellowship | Camelback Ventures
This initiative supports early-stage entrepreneurs of color, women, and non-binary founders in the U.S. through coaching, capital, connections, community, and curriculum. It focuses on Education and Conscious Tech ventures, aiming to create impactful schools and communities within a generation. The program includes a hybrid experience with in-person and virtual components, offering a tailored curriculum and support network. (Funding & Programming)

Due February 29 // Innovate Together Grant in partnership with TikTok | Black Girl Ventures
This grant program offers financial support to small business owners and content creators for business growth through creative services like branding, influencer marketing, and web development. Open to those 18+ with an active TikTok account, it aims to foster innovative collaborations and expand brand reach. Awards range from $2,500 to $10,000 (Grant)

Due March 1 // Unshackled Residency | Unshackled Ventures
This program offers $150K, full immigration support, and employment for solo immigrant founders in the U.S., allowing them to explore their entrepreneurial ideas without the burden of visa constraints. It targets ambitious immigrants ready to become full-time entrepreneurs, offering a community and resources to help them succeed. (Investment & Programming)

Due March 1 // Pitch for the Planet | Vegpreneur
This opportunity allows plant-based business entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to an investor panel at the 4th Annual Plant-based Summit at Expo West. Finalists will be announced by March 5th. This program is designed to foster growth and innovation within the plant-based industry. (Pitch Competition)

Due March 1 // The Startup Challenge | Powered by Snowflake
This competition is for early-stage startups that use Snowflake’s Data Cloud to build innovative applications and products. Winners and finalists could receive up to $1 million in investments, mentorship from industry leaders, global exposure, and the opportunity to ring the NYSE Bell.(Accelerator)

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)

Due March 29 // SLU New Venture Accelerator | Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship
This program supports SLU founders with funding, resources, and guidance to turn their ideas into reality. It offers a 14-week summer program tailored to each cohort, focusing on various aspects of business development and culminates with a demo day for pitches to investors and partners. Eligible participants can receive equity-free investments up to $50,000 (Accelerator)

Due March 29 // Arch Grants Competition
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)

Due April 5 // 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)

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Tech, Startup & Marketing Events

Gear up for a week brimming with tech, startup, and marketing insights in St. Louis. It’s your chance to connect, learn, and progress with events that cater to anyone looking to make an impact.

February 26

February 26 – March 1 // TechSTL Takeover at CIC @ 4220 | TechSTL
TechSTL is hosting a series of events for its members where they will have free access to co-working spaces in the top innovation district hubs in St Louis. There will be a spooky Halloween Networking Breakfast on Tuesday and a Pizza Lunch on Friday. This is a members-only event. But there’s still time to sign up. (In-Person | CIC @ 4220)

February 26-27 // Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference | Webster University
Engage with experts on the nuanced journey of diversity, equity, and inclusion, analyzing affirmative action’s impact across various sectors following Supreme Court rulings and addressing challenges in Black history education. (Hybrid)

Mentoring Monday | St. Louis Business Journal
Experience transformative mentoring from the region’s top businesswomen, offering career insights in a dynamic speed-mentoring format crafted for efficient relationship building and valuable feedback within an empowering atmosphere. (In-Person | Third Degree Glass Factory)

Product-Market Fit Basics: How to Explain Your Product to Your Customers | Founder Institute
Learn from Rob Kaminski of FletchPMM, as he provides key insights on refining your startup’s positioning and honing your product’s value proposition, complete with a framework tested by over a hundred B2B startups. (Virtual)

Basics of Business Credit | WE NYC
Discover the pillars of business credit as Monique Keith, a seasoned financial counselor, guides you through understanding credit importance, interpreting scores, and enhancing your business’s credit profile in an engaging workshop. (Virtual)

February 27

Beyond SEO: How Modern Content Marketing Powers Growth | MarketingProfs
Embark on a journey with Amanda Natividad of SparkToro as she illuminates the path to modern content marketing, revealing how audience research enriches strategies and drives sustainable growth far beyond traditional SEO metrics. (Virtual)

New Skills for Work (N.S.F.W.): Your Meeting Canvas | Filament
Celebrate personal and professional milestones over the past year, analyzing victories and learning opportunities. The retrospective translates past experiences into actionable knowledge for career advancement (In-Person | Filament)

Startup Internship + Job Fair | Skandalaris Center
Dive into the dynamic virtual space where WashU students and alums convene with startups seeking fresh talent for internships and full-time positions, facilitated through Handshake by notable university career centers and schools. (Virtual)

Top Tutors Pop-up | Top Tutors for Us
Get to know Top Tutors for Us and learn about their recent accomplishments, as well as the current and developing partners, parents, mentors, advisors, tutors, and students. (In-Person | HeyDays HQ)

STL Black Tech Gathering at Heydays HQ | TechSTL
Come on out for a free event celebrating St. Louis leaders in emerging technology and innovation with drinks, appetizers, and inspiring conversations with top movers and shakers in the Black Tech community.  (In-Person | Heydays HQ)

Breaking The Myths of Supporting Black-Owned Businesses | North County Innovation Center
Three St. Louis influencers will share how their platforms implement, promote, and support black-owned businesses. The panelists will also converse on the challenges business owners face when it comes to the black dollar being recirculated within the community (In-Person | NCIC)

“The Art of Etiquette” A Class on Social & Business Dining Etiquette | STL Business Besties
Chef Shawn Lovings leads an exploration into the essential skills of etiquette for social and business situations. The session features elegant table activities, a presentation of food etiquette, and an opportunity for attendees to query directly. (In-Person | Luxury Event Space)

February 28

Marketer’s Early Guide to AI | Marketing Brew
Marketers gather to demystify AI’s role in the industry, guided by experts sharing practical applications from customer service integration to brand strategy enhancement, providing actionable insights that extend beyond the buzz. (Virtual)

Crafting a Compelling Business Pitch | Enterprise Nation
Danny Matthews delves into the art of persuasive business pitches, outlining three key styles adaptable across various platforms, essential for startup growth, and resonating with audiences and potential supporters. (Virtual)

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

AI for Impact
Industry experts gather to impart AI strategies that elevate operational efficiency, spotlighting how AI can swiftly construct online courses, sculpt personal branding, and secure podcast appearances, reshaping the landscape of coaching and impact. (Virtual)

8th Annual Koch Center Family Enterprise Symposium | Olin Business School
Explore the entrepreneurial lifecycle at the Family Enterprise Symposium, where industry leaders offer insights on private business transition strategies. Delve into ownership changes, varied solutions, and policy recommendations sparked by keynotes and panel discussions. (In-Person | Knight Hall)

7 ways to make ChatGPT the World’s Great Writing Assistant | Moz
Unpack the art of blending human creativity with AI’s prowess as Jacob McMillen guides writers through leveraging ChatGPT for exceptional content creation, editing mastery, and constructing persuasive sales collateral. (Virtual)

Fifteen Seconds Of Fame: Sharing Your Nonprofit’s Story And Impact In Real Time | Nonprofit Marketers Network – STL
Embrace the pulse of social media storytelling with guidance from Chris Strub, who shares strategies for nonprofits to captivate and interact with their digital communities through short, compelling narratives across various platforms. (Virtual)

Diversity-Driven Marketing Symposium | American Marketing Association
In this virtual gathering, marketing leaders impart the importance of a DEIA-centered approach, delving into the influence of AI and Affirmative Action on inclusive practices and the essentiality of cultural intelligence and supplier diversity in crafting resonant brand narratives. (Virtual)

How to Build a Simplified, Sensible Marketing Plan | SCORE – St. Louis Bi-State Region
Learn how to create your own short marketing plan. This seminar will guide you in building a compelling, concise, and actionable marketing plan. (Virtual)

Better Than AI? Discover Master Marketer’s System To Attract Ideal Clients | Network After Work
Step into a realm where marketing mastery meets AI efficiency as instructors impart a system that magnetizes your target audience, cuts through sales timelines, and presents indispensable digital tools for a competitive edge. (Virtual)

Founders Forum Pitch Competition | NFTE
NFTE Alumni take the stage, showcasing their burgeoning enterprises to a panel of investors, competing for a stake in a significant prize pool in an inspiring testament to entrepreneurial spirit and innovation. (Virtual)

Running Out of Time…Exiting Your Business (with Husch Blackwell) | TechSTL
Take part in a comprehensive workshop with Husch Blackwell’s Aly Winters, providing business owners with legal clarity on the exit process, from structuring acquisitions to devising tax-smart succession strategies, complemented by open networking opportunities. (In-Person | Husch Blackwell Offices)

Headshot Happy Hour | SLDC
Elevate your brand during our Headshot Happy Hour, which is exclusively for entrepreneurs! Unwind with complimentary headshots and join the fun by getting to know fellow innovators! (In-Person | Cortex @ Sarah)

Food Meets Art @ SweetArt | Serving Our Communities Foundation
A vibrant night at SweetArt blends the enjoyment of plant-based cuisine with the joy of arts and crafts. It’s an event sprinkled with laughter and learning, supporting Food Outreach’s commendable mission. (In-Person | SweetArt Bakeshop + Café)

February 29

Passion Into a Paycheck- Converting what You love to do into Revenue | Missouri SBDC
Learn how to turn passions into profit, discussing market identification to brand establishment. This workshop equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools to make their favorite activities financially rewarding. (Virtual)

St. Louis US Army Corps of Engineers – 2024 Small Business Industry Day
Small businesses converge under the guidance of the St. Louis US Army Corps of Engineers, engaging in collaboration and learning to navigate upcoming industry landscapes. (In-Person | T-REX)

How to Prepare for Tax Season: The Ultimate Guide | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Navigate the intricacies of tax preparation to ensure your startup’s financial prosperity. Industry experts and experienced entrepreneurs share insights on tackling taxes, structuring businesses wisely, and making decisions that favor long-term growth. (Virtual)

Uncomplicate Your Job Search | CreativeMornings
Discover strategies to streamline your job search process, focusing on overcoming uncertainty and lack of confidence. A framework is presented to aid in positioning for career advancements, emphasizing the balance of professional and personal life. (Virtual)

CIE Black History Innovators Meet+Greet | HSSU Center of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Celebrate Black History Month with an event honoring Black Innovators and Entrepreneurs, including a Black Tech Activation Showcase and networking opportunities, complemented by refreshments. (In-Person | Filament)

Sling Health Happy Hour
An evening of networking awaits at the International Tap House, where healthcare enthusiasts and startup minds converge. This event promises engaging conversations over complimentary food and drinks, fostering connections within the community. (In-Person | International Tap House)

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 | Aloft)

AA Awards Show | AAF Ad Club St. Louis
A night of glamour awaits the St. Louis advertising industry as professionals congregate to celebrate artistic accomplishments and award the year’s most outstanding work. (In-Person | 18Rails | THE venue @ City Foundry STL)

Neighborhood Transformation Town Hall Meeting | SLDC
Local economic leaders provide a platform for community discussion, offering insights into ongoing developments and seeking resident feedback to steer neighborhood enhancement efforts. (In-Person | O’Fallon Recreation Center)

The Collective Thread’s Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser | St. Louis Fashion Fund
Uniting under The Collective Thread’s mission, local designers, including Paulie Gibson, fashion a showcase of unique garments while championing advanced training opportunities for St. Louis’ artisans. (In-Person | 21c Museum Hotel St. Louis)

March 1

Annual AMA Marketing Conference – Gateway to Loyalty | AMA Saint Louis
Plunge into the nuances of cultivating brand loyalty when leaders in the field share insights on customer engagement strategies and the evolution of digital marketing to maintain robust brand-consumer ties. (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 | TechArtista Downtown)

March 3

St. Louis Code and Coffee
If you are interested in coding at any level and want a community to connect with and share ideas, this is an informal meetup for anyone to work or hack on their project. (In-Person | TechArtista UCity)

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