St. Louis Events // Week of January 8, 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 January 8-14.

Funding, Accelerator & Entrepreneurial Support Organization Opportunities

Check out these opportunities to elevate your business.

Due January 15 // Ford Fund Fellowship | Watson Institute
This comprehensive, fully-funded virtual program focuses on venture and leadership development for entrepreneurs and community leaders. It aims to equip participants with vital skills and practical experience, enabling them to enhance their impactful ventures, tap into valuable networks and resources, and catalyze significant change in their communities. Includes a $40k stipend. (Funding & Programming)

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 Swingspan.app.

Technology, Marketing & Entrepreneur Events

Orgs are still getting back into the swing of things for the New Year; while there are fewer events than a normal month, there are both virtual and in-person events coming up.

January 8

How Do You Find Product-Market Fit for Your Startup | Founder Institute
Uncover the path to a startup’s success through Aram Melkoumov’s expertise, learning to analyze market needs, test your product, and refine your offering for an optimal product-market fit. (Virtual)

Kickstart your business video content creation | Enterprise Nation
Enhance your brand’s digital presence with Jeremy Mason’s expert guidance on harnessing the power of video content, achieving a professional look on a budget, and walking away with a ready-to-execute plan. (Virtual)

January 9

4D Thinking for Digital Designers & Creators | CreativeMornings
This workshop introduces digital creators to 4D Thinking, an innovative framework for elevating simple ideas into multifaceted experiences that forge lasting user relationships and mold memorable digital landscapes. (Virtual)

Northside Economic Empowerment Center One-Year Open House | SLDC
Celebrate the first-year milestone of the Northside Economic Empowerment Center with an open house featuring tours, refreshments, and remarks from prominent community leaders, reflecting on the center’s impact and future endeavors. (In-Person)

Vetworking STL January 2024
Join them for a night of networking with fellow veterans, organizations, and employers. So, if you are a transitioning service member or a job-seeking veteran, this is a fantastic opportunity to meet with fellow veterans and companies around St. Louis. (In-Person)

January 10

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: Picky Eaterz & The Phoenix Group STL-HR Coach (In-Person)

The Power of Collaboration: Nurturing Relationships with Elected Officials | Missouri Main Street Connection
Learn the craft of nurturing impactful relationships with elected officials, enhancing support for historic commercial districts and local enterprises through sustained collaboration and clear communication of shared objectives. (Virtual)

Government Contracting 101 | Apex Accelerators of Missouri – University of Missouri (MU) Extension
Businesses seeking to tap into government contracts can gain crucial insights from this foundational course, covering strategic approaches, marketing, bid processes, and requisite registrations, complete with APEX Accelerator follow-on services. (Virtual)

Business Planning Workshop Series: Master the Essentials and Execute Your Vision – Strategic Foundation | Kirkwood Public Library
The initial session of the series sets the strategic cornerstone for a comprehensive business plan, teaching attendees to effectively communicate their unique value proposition and understand their market and customers. (In-Person)

Introduction to Lean Startup | Business & IP Centre Liverpool City Region
Entrepreneurs will receive a primer in Lean Startup practices, discovering ways to streamline innovation and reduce unnecessary expenditure by closely aligning product features with customer desires from the outset. (Virtual)

Goal Setting to Jumpstart 2024 | WE NYC
In an interactive setting, Surabhi Lal facilitates the crafting of personalized business goals for 2024, providing a collaborative space for reflection and strategic planning, along with an offer of one-on-one follow-up coaching. (Virtual)

January 11

Leadership Perspectives: True Grit | Olin Business School
Cambrie Nelson engages with Olin Professor Kurt Dirks in a compelling conversation about redefining leadership success, intelligent failure, and aligning innovation with core principles in high-stakes environments. (Virtual)

Facebook Success (Setup, Marketing, and Story Telling) | SCORE Bi-State Region
Enhance your social media aptitude with a workshop focused on maximizing Facebook’s platform capabilities, creative marketing strategies, and the potent skill of storytelling for business success. (Virtual)

Generational Evolution: How to Engage with Every Age | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Unpacking the intricacies of generational marketing, Rekha Gibbons reveals the core of each generation’s preferences, guided by technological evolution, equipping attendees with strategies for authentic engagement. (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 12

2024 Marketing Trends Friday Forum | MarketingProfs
A focus of the event will be understanding customer expectations in 2024, with an emphasis on personalization, data usage, and AI in digital marketing. This event aims to equip marketers with the tools to meet the increasing demands of tech-savvy customers. (Virtual)

What the Future Can Look Like with AI in Your Manufacturing Business | Midwest Manufacturing Leaders
Explore the transformative influence of AI on manufacturing with Tom Swip, highlighting real-world applications, potential legislative impacts, and predictions for AI’s evolution in the business landscape. (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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How are you stepping into the coming week? Share your thoughts in the comments! Our focus is on fostering a strong St. Louis Startup, Tech, and Marketing Ecosystem.

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