St. Louis Events // Week of February 5, 2024 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

The week of February 5-11 in St. Louis brings many opportunities for those in the entrepreneurial and tech sectors and marketing professionals. Dive into a world of networking, business enhancement, and skill advancement with this expertly curated list by our Founder, Erik Lutenegger.

ESO, Funding & Accelerator Opportunities

Check out these opportunities to elevate your business.

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 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)

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.

Startup, Tech & Marketing Events

February 5

February 5-11 // UX Design Week | General Assembly
Check out this whole week of programming which invites professionals to advance their tech careers through a curated series, exploring human-centered principles, practical user research, journey mapping, and tangible design execution using Figma for an end-to-end UX design skill enhancement. (Virtual)

CEO Roundtable February | VetBiz
Veteran and military spouse CEOs come together at the CEO Round Table for a collaborative exchange of insights, with Tim Petron shedding light on fostering positive organizational transformations through relationships. (In-Person)

Startup Idea Validation: How Do People Adopt New Products | Founder Institute
At this event, Oz Nazilli illuminates the path to startup success by delving into critical frameworks like Jobs to be Done and Forces of Change, unveiling the psychological underpinnings of customer engagement and idea validation. (Virtual)

I’m Afraid AI Can’t Do That.’ Legal Implications Of Artificial Intelligence | SCORE – St. Louis Bi-State Region
Experts unpack the legal intricacies of artificial intelligence, examining the accountability surrounding AI-generated materials and the repercussions of deploying AI, offering insights into evolving legal frameworks. (Virtual)

Introduction to Lean Startup | Business & IP Centre Liverpool City Region
This is an exploration of the Lean Startup philosophy, presenting entrepreneurs with strategies to streamline new ventures, validate customer interest quickly, and reduce risk without hefty investments or extensive business plans. (Virtual)

February 6

New trends in social media to boost engagement | Enterprise Nation
Harness the power of social media through Katherine George’s expert lens, uncovering the latest patterns and collaboratives with influencers to spark dynamic engagement and grow your online presence. (Virtual)

Intro to the Tech Business Model Canvas | Missouri SBDC
In a 90-minute session, tech entrepreneurs learn the foundation of building a business model canvas, focusing on customer discovery, market research techniques, and crafting a distinct value proposition for their innovative concepts. (Virtual)

Ad Age Super Bowl Playbook | Ad Age
Dive into the narrative craftsmanship of Super Bowl ads with Ad Age, where brand innovators and top creatives share behind-the-scenes insights and discuss harnessing the game’s colossal platform for societal impact and generational appeal. (Virtual)

STL Queer Tech Gathering at Nebula | TechSTL
TechSTL’s Queer Tech Affinity Group hosts a networking event at Nebula, celebrating Queer Innovation in St. Louis. Enjoy free drinks, snacks, and insightful chats with tech thought leaders. (In-Person | Nebula)

February 7

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. (In-Person | CIC @ Sarah)

Creative Collective | Nonprofit Marketers Network-STL
Members of the nonprofit marketing community gather to exchange ideas and best practices for 2024’s marketing endeavors, with Max Dieter facilitating a dialogue on both the development and refinement of effective marketing plans. (In-Person | PreventEd)

Government Contracting 101 | Apex Accelerators
This introductory 1.5-hour class on government contracting will cover how to navigate, research, and connect to the government marketplace. Attendees will leave with useful tools and next steps to compete for government contracts on the federal, state or local level. (Virtual)

Your 30 Day Marketing Plan to Increase Sales | WE NYC
Entrepreneurship coach Malla Haridat shares her expertise in a hands-on workshop, formulating a personalized 30-day marketing strategy for attendees aimed at surging sales and expanding their buyer network. (Virtual)

44th Annual Diversity Job Fair – St. Louis
Job seekers and employers converge at the Annual Diversity Job Fair, fostering direct engagement and interviews across an array of fields, from healthcare to engineering, in a concerted effort to enrich the St. Louis employment landscape. (In-Person)

Using AI to Create Better Video Content, Faster | MarketingProfs
Uncover the potential of AI in streamlining video content creation with Tyler Lessard, exploring how cutting-edge tools are revolutionizing planning, production, and editing, leading to high-quality videos with efficiency. (Virtual)

Get in the Money Mindset: Is My Business Profitable? | Urban League St. Louis – Women’s Business Center
What mindset do you need to be a profitable business owner? Join this webinar to be guided through simple financial management best practices. (Virtual)

Skandalaris Center IdeaBounce®
This is a chance to pitch your business idea, get feedback from local entrepreneurial leaders, and make connections. Come and collaborate in a supportive learning environment and make connections with local students and industry leaders. Cash prizes for the top ideas will be awarded – all are welcome! (In-Person | Skandarlaris Center)

February 8

How to Be Charismatic: In-Person and on LinkedIn | NY Public Library, Thomas Yoseloff Business Center
Unveiling the secrets of charisma, S. Scott Mason and Marc W. Halpert guide professionals on amplifying their magnetic appeal, both in person and on LinkedIn, to captivate clients and elevate their business profile. (Virtual)

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome for Entrepreneurs | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Executive coach Sana Keshtkaran imparts strategies to entrepreneurs battling imposter syndrome, focusing on confidence-building and embracing change, translating into greater business resilience and insightful leadership. (Virtual)

Arch Grants Founder Fundamentals: Protecting Your Differentiator with IP | Arch Grants
In this session, they will focus on understanding your intellectual property options and how to differentiate your product or service from potential competitors through IP. (In-Person | CIC @ Sarah)

Business Banking Workshop: Business Credit | African Chamber of Commerce, St. Louis
Financial experts from BMO bank lead a workshop designed to demystify the process of obtaining business credit. Participants will gain essential knowledge to navigate the fiscal landscape for business expansion. (In-Person | BMO Harris Bank)

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)

#SheCan Connect Networking Meet Up
SheCan Connect is a growing community for female leaders, entrepreneurs, side hustlers, and creatives. If you are a woman of faith seeking growth, strategy, resources, and inspiration by combining spiritual and professional development, this event is for you. (In-Person | CIC @ Sarah)

February 9

#ConnectSTL Coalition Quarterly Meeting | St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC)
Engage in pivotal conversations at the coalition meeting, aimed at driving digital inclusivity. This assembly of tech enterprises and community influencers marks a concerted effort to dissolve the digital divide within St. Louis. (In-Person | Delmar Divine)

Email Marketing Friday Forum | MarketingProfs
Peel back the layers of email marketing excellence through a day of insight from elite professionals. Strategies for maximizing open rates, predictions for 2024 email trends, and advanced lead nurturing methods are unraveled to empower marketing efficacy. (Virtual)

Community Bazaar | International Institute St. Louis
Savor the flavors of Puerto Rico with delectable dishes from De Mi Madre Aprendi, while browsing Illari Peru’s array of authentic handcrafted wares. An ambiance of melodic jazz by the Tommy Hallorn Trio enhances the shopping experience. (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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We’re curious about what’s captivating your interest this week in St. Louis’s vibrant Startup, Tech, and Marketing sectors. Drop your thoughts in the comments!

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