St. Louis Events // Week of July 10, 2023

The week of July 10-14 presents numerous prospects for St. Louis-based entrepreneurs, tech connoisseurs, and marketing specialists to progress and connect within the local community. Our Founder, Erik Lutenegger, has compiled an array of events and opportunities for the week that address a broad scope of interests, such as networking, business guidance, honing skills, and pure amusement.

Funding, ESO, and Accelerators Opportunities

Need Funding? Incubation? Acceleration? This is a great place to start.

Due July 12 // mHUB Climate & Energy Tech Accelerator
This 6-month program fast-tracks high-potential startups through hands-on product development in a state-of-the-art prototyping facility supported by world-class corporate and venture investors. It includes $100,000 cash and $75,000 in-kind services for 6.5% equity.

Due July 14 // Call for Speakers | STL Startup Week
Are you a founder, innovator, or changemaker who wants to showcase your unique journey and insights, and be part of an event that celebrates innovation, fosters connections, and empowers entrepreneurs. Well, here’s your chance; now, this might be a little late, but I suspect they will extend this deadline.
(Speaking Opportunities)

Due August 9 // Techstars
Accelerator applications are due for AARM Labs Lagos Techstars Accelerator, New York City, The Minnesota Twins.

Due August 9 // MTC IDEA Fund Co-Investment Programs
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.

Apply Now // 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 (Free Help)

Startup, Tech & Marketing Events

Events on July 10

Build a Strong Company Culture to Increase Your Startup’s Efficiency | Founder Institute
Enhance your startup’s efficiency by building a solid company culture. Audrey Hametner, Founder & CEO of The Bedrock Program, shares tips for establishing a thriving culture that fosters teamwork, motivation, and innovation. Learn how to measure effectiveness and strategies for success and productivity. (Virtual)

Lunch and Learn: Up your writing game with AI as your business sidekick | Enterprise Nation
Learn how AI can elevate your writing game in this engaging Lunch and Learn session. An AI educator and creative technologist, Kerry Harrison, will introduce essential AI writing tools and provide practical tips for crafting effective prompts and leveraging AI in content creation. Discover new possibilities in content creation with AI and gain insights into responsible usage and ethics. (Virtual)

Events on July 11

July 11-13 // Ai360 Business Summit
Unlock the potential of AI for business success at the Ai360 Business Summit. Engage with industry leaders, attend captivating keynotes, participate in dynamic panel discussions, and explore cutting-edge AI technologies. Connect with professionals, foster collaborations, and discover innovative solutions to drive your business forward. (Virtual)

The Best-Kept Secrets to Making Exceptional Marketing Video | Insider Intelligence
At this webinar, you’ll learn how AI is making it easier for brand marketers to create, edit, and share videos; interactive video and other new formats are changing the viewing experience, and iterations can help extend the shelf life of your video content and maximize your budget. (Virtual)

Cloud Native Now 2023 | Techstrong
At this event, they’ll explore the various facets of cloud-native essential for a successful digital transformation and enterprise modernization. (Virtual)

How to use AI on LinkedIn | Network After Work
Discover practical ways to utilize AI on LinkedIn. Overcome challenges like writer’s block, engaging creatively, leaving recommendations, and optimizing your profile. Join Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union, LinkedIn Trainer, and AI expert, as he shares insights and tools for leveraging AI while avoiding overwhelm. (Virtual)

VOICES – STL Inclusive Entrepreneurship Affinity Group
If you are a woman, person of color, foreign-born, or LGBTQ+ in the St. Louis Startup Ecosystem, this is a chance to share your voice, connect to peers and resources in the entrepreneur ecosystem, and lead change within your community and organization. (In-Person)

Speakers Who Spark Innovation Sponsored By P&G | RUNG for Women
Explore the exciting world of advanced manufacturing and its career opportunities for women. Network with industry professionals and discover how to launch a successful career in less than a year, earning better pay and advancing in your chosen field. (In-Person)

Vetworking STL
You can join them at Soulcial Kitchen 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)

Events on July 12

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.

Social Sip | Social Media Club St. Louis
Grab yourself a tea of coffee and join your fellow social media and marketing professionals to talk shop, network, swap stories, and get to know one another in a relaxed atmosphere. (In-Person)

Winning Government Contracts: First Steps | MOSBDC at UMKC & MO APEX Accelerators
This introductory monthly 2-hour seminar is an overview of the critical first steps associated with winning government contracts. They’ll cover how to get started in government contracting, including federal, state, and local government registrations and certifications. After attending this orientation seminar, a business is eligible to sign up for MO APEX Accelerators’ services. (Virtual)

How to keep operating costs low for your startup | SeedLegals
Explore practical strategies for running a lean startup and effectively managing operating costs. And gain insights from industry experts on scaling fast, achieving profitability, and demonstrating value to investors. (Virtual)

Summer with Skandy: Communications & Telling Your Story | Skandalaris Center
Gain insights on effective branding and pitching from local business owners at an engaging panel discussion. Discover how to leverage your brand’s unique DNA to accelerate business growth. (In-Person)

Events on July 13

Martech Tools in Action | American Marketing Association
Spark your team’s marketing success at the Martech Tools in Action event. Discover cutting-edge tools through interactive demos, gaining valuable insights and connections. Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your marketing efforts and fuel professional growth with like-minded peers. (Virtual)

AgriTech Thursdays @ T-REX
This monthly after-work event is focused on agtech research and collaboration in the St Louis r. At each event, there’s a 15-minute talk on an existing or solved research problem and how it fits into the broader agtech landscape. This week is Hacking Into Plant Genomes: A PhD Memoir and Future Perspective from Elizabeth Mahood, PhD (In-Person)

Got R&D Money? Top Tips for Funding R&D with Grants | MO SBDC
This 90-minute online program introduces technology startups and businesses to funding R&D through SBIR Grants. This course is just an intro, not a “how to apply” course. (Virtual)

Methods & Tools for Trustworthy AI | Women in AI & Robotics
Explore the relevance of trust and ethics in the rapidly advancing AI landscape with experts Sarah Engels and Anita Klingel. Participants will learn risk identification methods and techniques for implementing trustworthy AI, using a real-world example for practical understanding.(Virtual)

Capital Strategy: Find and Secure the Right Capital Optionality | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Geri Stengel, President at Ventureneer, will guide entrepreneurs through the complex landscape of capital options, helping them align their vision with strategic goals, identify suitable financing sources, and build investor relationships to ensure their business’s sustainable growth. (Virtual)

When to Pivot from Your 9-5 To Your Passion Project | Pour Decisions STL
In this evening session at Platypus Patio, entrepreneurs can gain insights from a panel featuring successful business owners, including Javia Gilliam, Danielle Deavens-Spencer, and others, on transitioning to their passion projects. Opportunities for mingling and discussion are also provided. (In-Person)

All of July // Summer Break For Venture Café!
They are on summer break while they plan and revamp for the rest of the year. (Nope)

Events on July 14

Customer Experience Friday Forum | MarketingProfs
You care about the people you serve. After all, without your customers, you don’t have a successful business. Highlights include A Voice of the Customer Engine That Actually Moves, Applying Hyper-Personalization and Content Marketing for High-Value Client Acquisition, and Maximizing Customer Experience Impact With Heart & Science. (Virtual)

Startups, Self-care, & You at T-REX, hosted by Devon Moody-Graham, MBA.
The presenter is Renee Cunningham of The Polished Experience, who will speak on the topic: “You were made to SHINE.”. So come enjoy some snacks and drinks and learn to shift your mind to Business Mode. (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)

Events on July 15

Pour Decisions STL Night Market
Indulge in finely mixed cocktails, savor unique cuisine, and explore local artistry. Enhance your evening with music from three top DJs while appreciating a starry evening amidst the vibrant Saint Louis community. (In-Person)

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