St. Louis Events // Week of January 29, 2024 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

St. Louis is a hub of activity for entrepreneurs, techies, and marketing mavens this week of January 29 – February 4. Looking to expand your network, enhance your business, or enjoy a vibrant community event? Erik Lutenegger, our Founder, has curated a list of not-to-be-missed opportunities and events in the city.

Funding, Accelerator & Entrepreneurial Support Organization Opportunities

Elevate your business with these opportunities.

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 4 // HR Awards 2024 | St. Louis Business Journal
The Business Journal’s HR Awards honor exceptional work in human resources, recognizing individuals who significantly contribute to the success of St. Louis-area firms and organizations. The awards focus on HR professionals rather than their companies. Eligibility extends to those based in specific counties in Missouri and Illinois in the St. Louis region. (Community Award)

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 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 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)

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

Check out all of these great local and global events to enhance you personal and business development.

January 29

TechSTL Takeover at TechArtista UCity | 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)

Boost your client journey and elevate your business | Enterprise Nation
Karen Skidmore illuminates the key elements of a client’s welcome experience, amplifying the significance of onboarding for sustained business relationships. Discover strategies for fostering loyalty and ensuring seamless client integration. (Virtual)

Leveraging Virtual Assistant Expertise | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Venture into the world of virtual assistance with TaJuanna Taylor, Bootstrap Dreams, and learn how deft outsourcing can be a game-changer for your business, fostering scalability, efficiency, and a refined focus on core objectives. (Virtual)

7 Secret Strategies of a Money Map (and Why Your Business Must Have One) | NY Public Library, Thomas Yoseloff Business Center
Discover the transformational power of a Money Map for your business with Katherine Pomerantz. Learn seven strategic secrets to crafting this financial navigator that simplifies and empowers decision-making, pricing, budgeting, and goal-setting processes. (Virtual)

AI Marketing Techniques Using ChatGPT | SCORE Bi-State Region
Experience a paradigm shift in marketing through the lens of AI with insights from Dick Slackman. This primer on ChatGPT’s role in marketing unveils cutting-edge techniques to invigorate SEO, content development, and social media engagement. (Virtual)

Power Lunch & Learn: Creating Your Portfolio Life – Creating Your Portfolio Life | Olin Business School
Join The Portfolio Life author Christina Wallace sharing her insights on how to future proof your career, avoid burnout and build a life bigger than your business card. Christina is a serial entrepreneur and Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School. (Virtual)

The Future of Digital 2024: Winning the New Zero-Sum Game | Insider Intelligence
Participate in a strategic dissection of the digital landscape with forecast insights presented by Jeremy Goldman. As he navigates through shifts in media consumption and e-commerce growth, discover crucial tactics to secure your brand’s success in a zero-sum game. (Virtual)

WE Master Money: Alternative Sources of Funding | WE NYC
Navigate the landscape of financing alternatives with a workshop designed to broaden your knowledge of capital acquisition. Unveil creative funding strategies that extend beyond conventional channels, enhancing your ability to secure financial backing for business aspirations. (Virtual)

January 30

Top 5 Digital Marketing Trends For 2024 | NP Digital
Evolve your brand’s digital footprint by tapping into the top five trends predicted to dominate 2024. With Neil Patel’s expertise, differentiate and grow your business through innovative strategies woven from the fabric of tomorrow’s marketing world. (Virtual)

LawDroid AI Conference | LawDroid
At this event, trailblazing legal professionals converge to dissect the impact of AI on the industry, offering a glimpse into the future of legal technology and its practices.(Virtual)

Intro to WordPress | Freelancers Hub
Julia Taylor, GeekPack, guides you through the essentials of WordPress, from initial setup to intricate personalization using themes, colors, and blocks. This workshop is a steppingstone towards mastery of a platform that underpins a significant portion of the web. (Virtual)

Goal Planning with Groove: Get The Damn Thing Done! | CreativeMornings
With community spirit igniting actionable plans, this event offers a space for attendees to commit to February goals. A synergy of shared aspirations and mutual encouragement underpins a tangible pathway to accomplishing personal or professional ambitions. (Virtual)

Learn & Earn: Workshop 4 – Learn the Basics of Google Ads | HeyDays HQ
In this workshop you will learn how to reach more customers and grow your business with Google Ads. We will cover how to create an account and set up an ad campaign, how to improve ad performance, and how to measure success. (Virtual)

Pitch LIVE, Showcase your Startup’s potential to INVESTORS | EquityMatch.co
Entrepreneurs seize a thrilling opportunity to present innovative startup ideas to a worldwide investor base. Expect a cycle of feedback, networking, and amplified market presence in this dynamic online event. (Virtual)

New Skills for Work (N.S.F.W.): Creating Your Why Statement | Filament LLC
Unlock the power of purpose with a workshop dedicated to crafting a compelling “why” statement, arming your organization or initiative with a clear and impactful mission to guide its endeavors. (In-Person)

January 31

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: Ideas Forum (In-Person)

Coffee Talks at 21c: How can art drive positive change in our community? | 21c Hotel
Immerse yourself in a dialogue that examines the influence of art on community betterment, featuring the innovative work of Artscope St. Louis. This engaging exchange will highlight the myriad ways creativity fuels progress and unity. (In-Person)

Embracing Neurodiversity for a More Inclusive Workplace | Focus St. Louis
Join thought leaders in uncovering the importance of neurodiversity within the workplace, fostering a more inclusive, innovative environment. Experts will discuss strategies for integrating diverse neurological perspectives to enrich corporate culture and creativity.(In-Person)

The 2024 Social Media Predictions Roundtable | Social Media Club St. Louis
Industry foresight takes center stage when the Social Media Club St. Louis Board gathers to offer their projections on the advancements and shifts anticipated within the 2024 social media ecosystem. (In-Person)

Bold Beginnings: Bootstrapping in a Time of Uncertainty | TechStars & Grid110
Learn from entrepreneurial trailblazers about the essence of launching and sustaining startups amidst market fluctuations. The conversation will illuminate the paths to running lean operations and cementing a company’s presence in challenging financial times. (Virtual)

The Ultimate 2024 Client Acquisition Marketing Guide | Network After Work
Join Cory Sanchez and Ira Rosen to learn quintessential techniques for acquiring clients in the digital age, from supercharging your networking results to mastering modern-day selling from the comfort of your office. (Virtual)

Startup Ideation: Finding a Problem That Matters | Founder Institute
Venture into the foundational stage of startup success with Ben Yoskovitz’s expertise in identifying problems that matter. The session delves into customer development, ideation, and validation, enhanced by a live Q&A and networking opportunities. (Virtual)

Social Trends 2024: Hot Takes (Bingo Edition) | Hootsuite
This unconventional gathering merges a game of bingo with expert analyses of emerging social trends for 2024, offering attendees a blend of fun, foresight, and the opportunity to voice their predictions. (Virtual)

USGIF SLAWG Meeting at Rung for Women | USGIF
Professionals from diverse sectors assemble under the St. Louis Area Working Group to solidify educational routes into geospatial careers. Collaborative efforts aim to complement NGA initiatives, nurturing local talent for a robust geospatial workforce. (In-Person)

Foodies Night Out @ Levels | Serving Our Communities Foundation
Experience an evening of culinary delight at Levels Restaurant, where the flavors of authentic Nigerian cuisine meet the warmth of genuine fellowship, courtesy of Food City. (In-Person)

February 1

Pitch Workshop for Startups | Skandalaris Center
Dive deep into the nuances of crafting an impactful startup pitch, guided by Giovanni Liotta. Enhance your presentation skills, encapsulate your business concept effectively, and articulate your vision with the power to ignite investor interest. (In-Person)

HILO Collective
Step into a realm where tech and entrepreneurship intersect with inclusion at the core. HILO Collective’s curated sessions, networking, and resources propel individuals at every career stage towards new heights of professional development and communal synergy. (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)

The Sum of Us: Moving Beyond the Myth of Equity as a Zero-Sum Game Heather McGhee, Distinguished Visiting Scholar | Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity at WashU
Heather McGhee, as the 2024 Distinguished Visiting Scholar, brings her profound insights on equity and collective prosperity. Her acclaimed work challenges the zero-sum game perspective and offers transformative visions for overcoming racial inequities in America. (In-Person)

February 2

Using Canva For Your Marketing | Business & IP Centre Liverpool City Region
Discover the essentials of Canva for marketing, guided by Joanne Austin Greer. Gain insights into crafting cohesive brand packs, generating social media content, designing basic videos, and more, for a refined and professional online presence. (Virtual)

Bourbon Friday at TechArtista UCity
It’s Friday, and it’s not Friday without Bourbon Friday. And you can join us at Techartista UCity 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)

February 3

Reimagining STL’s Economy – Community Kick Off | Community Wealth Action Group + WEPOWER
Gather with dedicated community members to redefine St. Louis’s economic narrative. Through a comprehensive design process, participants will contribute to creating the Community Wealth Building Playbook, aiming for equitable prosperity across all communities. (In-Person)

February 4

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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Tell us in the comments: what are you looking forward to this week? Your insights are vital for enriching the St. Louis Startup, Tech, and Marketing Ecosystem.

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