St. Louis Events // Week of July 17, 2023

St. Louis entrepreneurs, technology enthusiasts, and marketers have an abundance of growth and networking opportunities within the local ecosystem during the week of July 17-21. Erik Lutenegger, our Founder, has curated a diverse lineup of events and opportunities for the week, appealing to interests ranging from networking and business assistance to skill development and casual enjoyment.

Funding, ESO, and Accelerators Opportunities

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

Applications Open | STL Startup Week Community Event
If you have a regular event in the Startup Ecosystem, Startup Week is committed to helping promote Community Events and driving attendance. And this is your chance to be included in Startup Week. (Ecosystem Opportunities)

Due August 4 // 40 Under 40: Class of 2023 | St. Louis Business Journal
Young professionals are a vital asset to the St. Louis region, and this is an opportunity to recognize all movers and shakers under 40 in a special awards publication. (Community Awards)

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. (Funding)

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 17

Marketing & Messaging: A Workshop for Cherokee Street Small Businesses
Level up your small business marketing at this workshop, where Atomic Dust and Clever Rebels industry experts share insights on brand-building, social media strategies, email etiquette, and handling public relations challenges. Lunch is also provided. (In-Person)

Events on July 18

Marketing Artificial Intelligence in Action | American Marketing Association
In this session, participants will explore low-cost AI tools for marketing, membership, and communication functions. It covers AI marketing tools like SEO optimization, email content recommendation, content generation, and AI-powered audio editing tools to enhance workflows and marketing strategies. (Virtual)

How to Maximize AI Virtual Summit | Network After Work
Two world-class speakers will share winning strategies and step-by-step guides to leverage AI effectively in an exclusive virtual summit. Attendees will gain insights on AI workings, building strong AI teams, and adopting AI tools for various industries, all explained in straightforward terms. (Virtual)

How to Start a Global Impact Startup in AI / AI for Good | Founder Institute
Gain insights into starting a global impact startup in AI from seasoned entrepreneurs. The panel will share success strategies, tactics for launching locally and scaling globally, tips for appealing to diverse markets, and an honest discussion of their entrepreneurial journey. (Virtual)

Buying a Franchise as a Small Business | SCORE Bi-State Region
In this workshop, learn about franchising as a small business opportunity. Ben Terrill, a FranNet franchisee, will review current franchising trends and potential fit for individual business interests and offer professional advice on personal applications in franchising. (Virtual)

Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Mindset of Success | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Engage in an inspiring conversation with Meshell Baker, who will guide you in cultivating a mindset for success. Learn how to overcome self-doubt, transform setbacks into growth opportunities, and implement a clear vision for yourself and your business. Walk away with a new, empowering perspective. (Virtual)

Fire & Startup Exit Awards | St. Louis Inno
This awards event will celebrate and recognize St. Louis’s standout innovators and companies significantly contributing to the local innovation economy. The program includes awards for top startups and features a fireside chat with Nathan Rubbelke and Maxine Clark. (In-Person)

Tech on Tap St. Louis – Fire Awards Afterparty
After the INNO Awards, head to the Urban Chestnut Bierhall for an afterparty. And engage with St. Louis’s finest innovation minds over unfiltered conversations, delectable food, and cash bar offerings presented by TechSTL. (In-Person)

Events on July 19

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.

GRIT Community July Luncheon
Connect over lunch with the GRIT Community, where Shalia Ford, a champion for women and girls, will inspire with her talk. Explore Ford’s passion for encouraging personal and professional growth, leadership, and her relentless pursuit of excellence. (In-Person)

Social Media Club St. Louis Happy Hour
This is a relaxed and informal setting at Bailey’s Range on Shaw to connect, share ideas, and expand knowledge in the field; it caters to seasoned pros and beginners alike. Plus, the first drink is complimentary! (In-Person)

Events on July 20

Generative AI Summit
At this event, engage with the power of Generative AI by exploring various models and their applications. Learn proven techniques for training and optimizing models, gain insights into the inner workings, discuss ethical complexities, and stay ahead of future trends, all from leading experts in the field. (Virtual)

ProductCon Online 2023
Strengthen your company’s Product Management talent at the Largest Product Management Conference. Expect thousands of online attendees, talks from industry experts, and access to cutting-edge Product Management industry trends. (Virtual)

Pitch Event by EquityMatch – Venture Capital, Angel Investors and Startups |
Startups get an opportunity to present their ventures to global venture capitalists and angel investors in an online pitch session. It includes founder introductions, and a five-minute pitch, followed by Q&A, concluding with final remarks, all streamed live on various social platforms. (Virtual)

Beyond the Hype: Realistic Insights on Generative AI in Content Marketing | Insider Intelligence
Here you’ll learn where genAI can have the biggest impact in content marketing right now, how genAI can help fine-tune existing content to increase reach and outshine your competition, the limitations and drawbacks of genAI and when the human touch is indispensable, and get Five pieces of advice to get your AI content strategy off the ground. (Virtual)

Closing the Gap: How You Can Get Sales to Use Your Marketing-Generated Content | MarketingProfs
Learn a research-backed formula that helps sellers utilize your marketing content effectively, enhancing the buyer experience and closing more deals. Insights will include understanding different sales roles, timely content usage, and the practical application of Digital Sales Rooms. (Virtual)

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 21

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)

Under the Influence(rs) Party | Work & Leisure
Enjoy an evening with St. Louis influencers, foodies, and content creators. The ticket includes entry, your first drink, and snacks with additional food and beverages available. Features include DJ Exposure music, Chef JR cuisine, and various beers, spirits, and coffee. (In-Person)

Events on July 23

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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