St. Louis Events // Week of January 1, 2024 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

Are you navigating the entrepreneurial, tech, or marketing landscape in St. Louis? Our dynamic ecosystem is ripe with chances for advancement, learning, and enjoyment. Discover a plethora of events and opportunities happening this week in St. Louis, handpicked by our Founder, Erik Lutenegger, for the week of January 1-7.

Funding, Accelerator & Entrepreneurial Support Organization Opportunities

Check out these opportunities to elevate your business.

Due January 5 // Best Places to Work Awards 2024 | St. Louis Business Journal
If your company offers employees a great work-life balance and stands above the rest in employee satisfaction, it could be the Best Place to Work in St. Louis. (Community Awards)

Due January 8 // Corporate Counsel Awards 2024 | St. Louis Business Journal
As part of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2024 Corporate Counsel Awards, we’ll recognize the best and brightest legal minds in the corporate landscape. (Community Awards)

Due January 21 // Startup Bootcamp | Future Founders
This national program is an accessible and equity-friendly option for budding entrepreneurs, aged 18 to 30, looking to kickstart their business ideas. It focuses on supporting individuals with businesses at the idea stage. This free three-month program offers a comprehensive learning and development experience. (Incubator)

Due January 21 // Fellowship | Future Founders
This year-long, nationwide program is aimed at 18 to 30-year-old entrepreneurs leading growing startups. It is a prestigious, equity-free, and cost-free program focusing on personal development and company growth. Participants gain access to mentoring, skill development, entrepreneurship retreats, and a community of peers, and do not need to be in school. The program is mostly virtual, allowing participation from anywhere in the US. (Entrepreneur Development)

Due January 22 // Innovation in Philanthropy Awards 2024 | St. Louis Business Journal
Is your company or organization making a difference in the St. Louis community through an innovative partnership? (Community Awards)

Due January 29 // Skandalaris Venture Competition (SVC) Spring 2024
This program includes Mentorship and prizes up to $25k, and is for any current WashU students, and all WashU alums within one year of graduation with an early-stage startup are eligible. Teams will develop materials to explain the idea they are working on to a broad audience. (Incubator & Pitch Competition)

Due January 31 // BALSA Grant | BALSA Foundation
This program helps first-time entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground. It’s a $1k cash grant, a 10-week entrepreneur training program that includes one-on-one mentoring and up to $20,000 in In-kind professional services. (Incubator & Funding)

Due February 2 // 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 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)

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.

Marketing, Startup & Tech Events

Not much going on this week but there are a few opportunities available.

January 1

Happy New Year!

January 2

Nope?

January 3

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: Scripture Craftsman (In-Person)

Value Proposition Canvas’ Webinar | Business & IP Centre Liverpool City Region
Unpack the essentials of the Value Proposition Canvas with an enlightening overview, shedding light on its use for accurately articulating customer needs and aligning products to deliver targeted value. (Virtual)

January 4

Myth Busters: Entrepreneurial Edition | Missouri SBDC
Address common misconceptions in the entrepreneurial journey. Industry experts reveal the truths behind startup funding, the necessity of business plans, and product market fit, providing clarity for your business path. (Virtual)

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)

January 5

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)


January 7

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 meet-up for anyone to work or hack on their project. (In-Person)

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What’s creating a buzz for you this week? Please share it with us in the comments! We’re continually exploring ways to upgrade the St. Louis Startup, Tech, and Marketing Ecosystem.

If you have any ideas or input, don’t hesitate to tell us. And if you have an upcoming event or a noteworthy date, drop us a line at events@bourbonfriday.show.

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