St. Louis Events // Week of January 15, 2024 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

Entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, and marketing professionals take note! St. Louis’s vibrant ecosystem is a treasure trove of opportunities for networking, skill development, business growth, and leisure. Don’t miss out on this week’s selection of events and opportunities in St. Louis, carefully chosen by Erik Lutenegger, our Founder, for January 15-21.

Funding, Accelerator & ESO Opportunities

Elevate your business with these opportunities.

Due January 19 // Focal Point Impact Grant
This program aims to accelerate high-potential, innovative ideas by funding nonprofit leaders. It offers unrestricted grants to leaders affiliated with qualified 501(3)(c) organizations, supporting them in solving challenging problems and improving lives in fields like public health, education, and conservation. The grant encourages bold, creative solutions to pressing global issues. The 2024 grant may be awarded to two organizations at $75,000 each or to one organization at $150,000. (Grant)

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 1 // Artist in Residence | Spark St. Louis
Open Call for Spark St. Louis’ next Artist in Residence! (Studio Space)

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

Technology, Marketing & Entrepreneur Events

Events both in-person and virtual are back to enhance your personal and professional growth.

January 15

Five-step marketing strategy to achieve your business goal | Enterprise Nation
Experience a transformative approach to marketing strategy with Anna Short’s expert guidance. Delve into crafting a resonant business vision, setting achievable targets, and embodying your unique strengths for strategic success. (Virtual)

Conversations & Connections: How to have more fun when networking | WENYC
Rekindle the joy of networking with WE NYC’s session, featuring Rebecca Maxwell’s unique approach to forging genuine connections. Discover lively strategies that transform the networking experience into an enjoyable and valuable endeavor. (Virtual)

January 16

ScalePoint on AI: Session #2 | TechSTL
Join the second of this 3-Day Executive Series on the Enterprise Integration of Artificial Intelligence and navigate the AI landscape’s evolution across St. Louis’s major fields: geospatial exploration, agricultural advancements, and healthcare breakthroughs, with strategy insights and expert panels. The day’s discourse extends into examining AI’s influence on health system innovation, empathetic customer engagement strategies, and the challenges of AI integration across different sectors, capped off with a networking reception. (In-Person)

Learn & Earn: Workshop 1 – Make Your Website Work for You | HeyDays HQ
Learn how to create a search-friendly website that drives user action and supports your goals. Whether you’re launching a new website or sprucing up an old one, this workshop will help. (Virtual)

Mastering Generative AI for Marketing Success: How to Leverage AI to Improve & Scale Your Content Strategy in 2024 | AMA
Delve into the future of content strategy with a focus on generative AI, guided by Andy Crestodina, Orbit Media Studios, and Kinga Kusak, PlayPlay. Gain expertise in enriching video marketing through authentic AI-enhanced techniques, keeping your branding vibrant and impactful. (Virtual)

Search Engine Optimization Part 2: Intermediate & Advanced | SCORE Bi-State Region
Elevate your knowledge of SEO in this intermediate and advanced workshop, where Dick Slackman unpacks potent tactics from link building to core web vitals. Enhance your audience reach through structured data and adept use of SEO tools. (Virtual)

January 17

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 LLC

Small Business Certifications for Federal, State & Local Government Contracts | Apex Accelerators of Missouri – University of Missouri (MU) Extension
Small businesses seeking entry into government contracting will benefit from this seminar’s deep dive into essential certifications. The session will cover federal to local opportunities, showcasing pathways to leverage socio-economic status for government projects. (Virtual)

Analyzing your business from the People and Process Perspective | Missouri SBDC
Engage with specialists who combine decades of experience to analyze your business through dual lenses: people and processes. Learn to construct a roadmap that not only sets ambitious goals but also outlines steps to realize them. (In-Person)

Video Marketing Revolution: Steal Our Roadmap to Accelerate Your Success! | Connect Video
Prepare to harness the compelling force of video marketing through a detailed roadmap for success. The event offers vital strategies for video creation, collaboration with videographers, and optimizing content distribution for enhanced audience engagement. (In-Person)

2024 Event Trends Forecast | AMA
As the event industry looks forward to 2024, experts will converge to forecast the defining trends of the year. Anticipate a focus on inventive engagement, the integration of AI, and the criticality of sustainable and accessible event planning. (Virtual)

How to Secure Your First Investment as a Startup Founder in 2024 | Founder Institute
Gain a wealth of knowledge on securing initial startup funding in 2024 from Eric Bahn of Hustle Fund. The webinar will delve into investor psychology, what captivates venture capitalists, and key deck elements that can set founders apart. (Virtual)

Turn your LinkedIn Profile into a High Converting Sales Funnel | Network After Work
Discover strategic methods to turn your LinkedIn profile into a leverage point for business growth. This workshop offers insights into profile optimization for lead generation and converting connections into enduring professional relationships. (Virtual)

LinkedIn 2024 Influencer Summit
Strategic networking, lead generation, and engagement tactics take center stage at LinkedIn Summit 2024. Thought leaders in the field will reveal systems for harnessing LinkedIn’s platform to grow your business and influence effectively. (Virtual)

January 18

Predict 2024 | TechStrong
The sixth annual Predict conference will explore what the upcoming year and near future will hold for DevOps, cybersecurity, cloud native and digital transformation at the dawn of the age of AI. This event explores how generative AI, LLMs and chatbots will impact the tech market in 2024, which emerging trends and technologies you’ll need to track, how the role of DevOps engineers will change. (Virtual)

Amplify Your Brand Globally: International Marketing Panel | AMA Saint Louis
Gain a competitive edge in international markets with insights from a knowledgeable marketing panel. This engaging discussion, moderated by Dr. Nisha Ray Chaudhury, promises to arm attendees with valuable strategies for global brand expansion. (In-Person)

Business Ownership Made Easy | St. Louis County Library
Unlock the secrets to seamless business ownership with a workshop aimed at translating innate abilities into entrepreneurial success. Learn to sidestep decision paralysis and take decisive action to cultivate your business concept. (Virtual)

How to Secure the Highest-Quality Clients | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Tasha Prados of Duraca Strategic reveals the art of attracting the highest-quality clients in this empowering session. Uncover how a deeper understanding of premium buyer psychology leads to fulfilling and sustainable client relationships. (Virtual)

2024 Business After Hours: Imelda Gonzalez Realtor | Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Metro St. Louis
Network with a diverse group of professionals at Business After Hours, engaging with the Hispanic and Latino community. This event, held by Imelda Gonzalez Realtor, offers a monthly platform for building business relationships in a convivial environment. (In-Person)

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 Jamboree | STLX
The STLX community comes together for the January Jamboree, offering a chance to connect and celebrate the talented individuals shaping experience design. Enjoy drinks, snacks, and the spirit of St. Louis in an inclusive, festive gathering. (In-Person)

January 19

Researchers IdeaBounce® | Skandalaris Center
Witness WashU faculty unveil their latest research through the dynamic lens of IdeaBounce®, employing a swift two-minute pitch format. Engage with pioneering projects and potential collaboration over pizza in an environment fostering innovation. (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)

January 21

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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