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

Entrepreneurs, techies, and marketers in St. Louis, get ready to elevate your game! The week of July 1-7 is brimming with a wealth of opportunities carefully curated by our Founder, Erik Lutenegger. From networking to skill development and beyond, this guide will ensure you make the most of your time in our vibrant ecosystem.

Funding, ESO, and Accelerator Opportunities

Due July 1 // Juntos Fund | Siete Foods
Backed by Siete Family Foods, this program provides financial support to Latino-owned food and beverage businesses across the U.S. to foster growth and positive change. The fund will distribute $300,000 this year, with $10,000 to $75,000 awards. Eligibility includes businesses that are at least 50% Latino-owned and have been operational for at least two years. (Grant)

Due July 7 // Inno Under 25 2024 | St. Louis Business Journal
Inno Under 25 2024 recognizes young leaders in St. Louis’ startup scene. Founders, innovators, and entrepreneurs under 25 are eligible, contributing significantly to the tech and startup industries. (Community Award)

Due July 8 // America’s Top 100 Small Businesses | US Chamber of Commerce
The CO—100 awards program by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce celebrates America’s top 100 small and mid-sized businesses, recognizing their innovation, growth, and community impact. Winners gain brand exposure, expert access, and VIP experiences, with top winners receiving cash prizes up to $25,000. The program highlights various categories: growth, community impact, adaptability, and customer service. (Grant)

Due July 10 // The U.S. Bank Foundation Cleantech Inclusion Award | Evergreen Climate Innovations
This award provides $30,000, a year of business mentorship, and increased exposure to underserved cleantech entrepreneurs. Eligible companies must be incorporated, have 2-12 employees, and less than $3 million in external funding. The product must positively impact the environment. (Grant)

Due July 10 // She’s Connected | AT&T
This program highlights women entrepreneurs, offering a $50,000 grant, a year of AT&T service, a new device, and platform exposure. Eligible small businesses must be female-owned, U.S.-registered, with up to 50 employees. The initiative fosters community and supports minority businesses. (Grant)

Due July 15 // Social Impact Cohort | Cortex’s Square One
This 6-month program offers free workspace, community networking, and educational opportunities to early-stage, mission-driven organizations. It supports both for-profit and nonprofit entities addressing social or environmental issues. Participants receive access to CIC’s resources and local partners, fostering collaboration and learning. Applications for the 2023 cohort have closed, but interested parties can inquire about future opportunities. (Accelerator)

Due July 21 // 40 Under 40: Class of 2024 | St. Louis Business Journal
This recognizes young professionals in the St. Louis region who demonstrate outstanding leadership and contribute significantly to their industries and communities. The program highlights 40 individuals under the age of 40 each year. Nominees are evaluated on their professional achievements, community involvement, and potential for future impact. (Community Award)

Due July 28 // Family Business Awards 2024 | St. Louis Business Journal
The Business Journal honors family-owned businesses in the St. Louis region for their success and contributions to the community. The program celebrates businesses demonstrating strong leadership, innovation, and a commitment to their local communities. Nominations are evaluated based on the business’s achievements and impact. (Community Award)

Due August 1 // Thinksgiving | Filament
Filament’s award-winning initiative pairs creative teams from our region’s smartest organizations with 50+ nonprofits for a day of collaborative innovation and problem-solving. (Collaboration)

Due August 7 // Idea Fund | Missouri Technology Corporation
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 August 7 // Proof of Concept | Missouri Technology Corporation
The pilot program supports early-stage Missouri entrepreneurs developing innovative technologies by providing $25,000-$50,000 in equity investments. Companies must have proprietary IP, completed ideation and customer discovery, and secure a matching co-investment. It targets seven key industry areas: Biomedical & Life Sciences, Healthcare Technology & Services, Financial Technology & Services, Software & Data, Energy, Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Logistics. (Funding)

Due August 9 // STL Startup Week Speakers
Apply to speak at STL Startup Week (Nov 11-15, 2024). In one-hour sessions, share your insights on marketing, culture, design, capital, and growth. No sales pitches; focus on engaging, educational content—deadline: August 9, 2024. (Speaking Opportunity)

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Tech, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship Events

July 1

The Power of the Pitch: How to Promote and Present Your Small Business | NY Public Library, Thomas Yoseloff Business Center
Revel in the expertise of Jill Martin Wrenn, who will guide you through crafting and presenting compelling business pitches. Learn to confidently engage investors, media, and customers, mastering in-person and virtual presentations while handling technical challenges effortlessly. (Virtual)

July 2

How to be a better leader for your small business | Enterprise Nation
Enhance your leadership skills at this session tailored for small business owners. Gain insights into effective leadership strategies, improve team dynamics, and learn how to drive your business forward with confidence and clarity from industry experts. (Virtual)

Meet & Greet for Neal Richardson | Heartland Black Chamber of St. Louis
Come and meet Neal Richardson, Chairman, President & CEO of the Saint Louis Development Corporation. (In-Person | HBC STL)

How to Prioritize Opportunities | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Elevate your product strategy with insights from Dan Olsen at this online event. Learn to define customer problems effectively and prioritize opportunities using the Importance vs. Satisfaction framework, illustrated with real-world examples and case studies for impactful results. (Virtual)

Scale Your Startup: Is It Time for an Accelerator? | Techstars
Explore the benefits of accelerators in scaling your startup in this digital session by Techstars. Learn from industry leaders about the right time to join, what to expect, and how to make the most of the experience to accelerate your business growth. (Virtual)

AI Generated Serverless | St. Louis Serverless
This event focuses on exploring AI’s capabilities in generating serverless solutions. The session will demonstrate using AI prompts to create a serverless web application and backend. It includes an overview of serverless technology, AI fundamentals, and a comparison of AI offerings. The speaker, Jack Frosch, will guide attendees through the AI-assisted development process. (Virtual)

Geospatial Intelligence Meet & Greet | Geo Owl
Geo Owl is hosting a networking event for geospatial intelligence professionals. Attendees can meet company leadership, recruiters, and analysts while enjoying complimentary drinks and appetizers. (In-Person | 4 Hands Brewery & Tasting Room)

July 3

July 3-6 // Heritage & Freedom Fest
Enjoy the Heritage & Freedom Fest with exhilarating rides, captivating fireworks displays, and live music from renowned artists. Participate in the spirited parade, enjoy themed activities, and immerse yourself in a joyous festival atmosphere. (In-Person | Ozzie Smith Sports Complex)

The Magical Impact of Storytelling—How to Open Minds and Connect Hearts | CreativeMornings
Immerse yourself in storytelling techniques that captivate audiences in this workshop led by Jeff Leisawitz. Through engaging discussions, practical exercises, and guided meditation, learn to craft stories that resonate deeply, regardless of your writing background or experience level. (Virtual)

How Founders Beat Anxiety for Peak Performance | Founder Institute
Learn how to beat anxiety and enhance performance at this workshop led by Anna Mikeda. While you focus on practical techniques for stress management, cultivating a flow state, and shifting your mindset to maintain productivity and achieve success in the fast-paced startup world.(Virtual)

July Data Happy Hour | St. Louis Big Data I.D.E.A.
Meet your fellow data practitioners at this event, where they are taking a break from the normally scheduled presentations to get together in person. This is an informal event. (In-Person | City Foundry STL)

CITY Block Party
The CITY Block Party free concert series is a pre-match tradition that brings together the community and celebrates the intersection of music and soccer. CITY SC has unveiled the block party’s upcoming entertainment lineup, featuring national, regional, and local musicians, including the club’s “Homegrown” artists. (In-Person | CITYPARK)

July 4

July 4-5 // St. Charles Riverfest
Discover the excitement of St. Charles Riverfest, featuring live music, diverse food options, craft vendors, and carnival attractions. Held in Frontier Park, this multi-day event concludes with spectacular fireworks each evening, providing a vibrant and festive atmosphere for all ages. (In-Person | Historic St. Charles)

Celebrate Saint Louis
Celebrate Saint Louis with America’s Birthday Parade, a dazzling airshow, and concerts. Enjoy fireworks marking the Eads Bridge’s 150th anniversary, a tribute to troops, and an exciting esports tournament, all part of this vibrant community celebration. (In-Person | Downtown St. Louis)

Kirkwood Freedom Festival
Revel in the festivities of the Kirkwood Freedom Festival & Fireworks. Starting at 5 p.m. with food trucks, the celebration features live music from 7 p.m. and concludes with a dazzling fireworks show at approximately 9:20 p.m. This free event at Kirkwood Park is perfect for families and offers a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July with the community​ (In-Person | Kirkwood Park)

Ferguson 4th of July Celebration
Soak up the festive atmosphere at Ferguson’s 4th of July celebration. Begin with the morning parade, participate in the afternoon Family Fun Festival with music and food, and end your day with a stunning fireworks display at dusk, ensuring a memorable Independence Day. (In-Person | January Wabash Park)

July 5

No Bourbon Friday This Week
Join us Next Week 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 | TechArtista UCity)

July 6

Blues on the Block 2024 | National Blues Museum
Savor the rich blues heritage at Blues on the Block 2024, taking place on North 6th Street & Washington Avenue. Presented by the National Blues Museum, this event showcases top blues musicians in a lively outdoor setting, creating an unforgettable musical experience for attendees​. (In-Person | North 6th Street & Washington Avenue)

July 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 | TechArtista UCity)

Office Hours

July 2 // Small Business Legal Clinic | Cortex’s Square One & Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
Meet one-on-one with a business attorney from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri for a free business consultation. (Virtual)

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We’re eager to learn what’s got you excited this week! Your input is crucial as we work tirelessly to elevate the St. Louis startup, tech, and marketing ecosystem. If you have an upcoming event or important date, don’t hesitate to contact us at events@bourbonfriday.show.

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