St. Louis Events // Week of July 24, 2023

During the week of July 24-28, the St. Louis area offers many opportunities for entrepreneurs, tech-savvy individuals, and marketing professionals to prosper and establish connections within the local ecosystem. Erik Lutenegger, our Founder, has assembled an extensive selection of events and opportunities for the week that encompass various interests, including networking, obtaining business support, mastering new skills, and indulging in leisurely activities.

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)

Applications Open | Cortex Square One Boot Camp
This is an in-depth 10-week program that combines formal instruction with hands-on learning, networking, and mentoring. It seeks to instill in entrepreneurs the confidence and skills needed to succeed in high-growth industries. Participants will work on specific deliverables such as a business model canvas, financial statements, pitch deck, 2-minute elevator pitch, and planning checklist. (Incubator)

Due July 24 // 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)

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)

Due August 31 // AI Launchpad | Paddle
This is a 6-week program covering product strategy, go-to-market strategy, and finance & operations. Successful applicants will join a group of other founders and mentors to help turn ideas and MVPs into solid and growing businesses. There’s also a chance to win $25k. (Incubator)

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)

Marketing, Startup & Tech Events

Events on July 24

Customer Journey Mapping Reboot: Reducing Effort and Decreasing Churn | CMS Wire
Explore how customer loyalty is driven in 2023 with Matt Dixon, author of “The Effortless Experience,” and Marci Kirkpatrick, Director of CX Programs at SurveyMonkey. They’ll discuss auditing your customer journey map to mitigate disloyalty, targeting areas to reduce effort, and improving engagement. (Virtual)

Your Guide To Investing With Artificial Intelligence | Finimize
Magnifi’s CPO, Tom Van Horn, will share insights on how AI can enhance portfolio management, uncover potential risks and reduce fees across brokerage accounts. Attendees will learn about the future of AI-assisted investing from this industry veteran with a long history of financial innovation. (In-Person)

How to Validate Your Idea with Only Facebook Ads and Landing Pages | Founder Institute
Learn from Greg Vasil, CEO of ClientDrive Marketing, as he shares strategies to validate business ideas using Facebook ads and landing pages. The webinar covers the significance of idea validation, cost-efficient marketing strategies, and a networking session with startup founders. (Virtual)

Events on July 25

Understanding the New Buyer Journey | Insider Intelligence
At this event, B2B marketers will explore the shifting digital buyer journey, tackling roadblocks and creating consumer-like experiences. Attendees will learn to enhance data and analytics, apply B2C tactics, and adapt to buyers’ spending priorities. (Virtual)

Without Walls Digital Media Conference
This event offers an engaging experience with industry leaders presenting two keynotes, sixteen breakout sessions, and numerous networking opportunities. Attendees can anticipate a day filled with inspiration, knowledge-sharing, music, food, and an ice cream social. Suitable for both novices and seasoned professionals. (In-Person)

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)

Lunch and Learn: Create content and images for your small business with AI | Enterprise Nation
AI educator Kerry Harrison will discuss the potential uses and ethical considerations of generative AI tools like ChatGPT, Jasper, Midjourney, and Dall-e 2 for small businesses. Topics include effective, prompt writing and creating AI-generated text and images. (Virtual)

Sustainability Lab @ T-REX: Green Schools | OneSTL
This session explores Show-Me Green Schools’ programs aimed at helping Missouri PreK-12 schools adopt sustainable practices. Emphasis will be placed on the Green Schools Quest, where community members serve as Green Mentors to facilitate low-cost sustainability projects. (In-Person)

Business Bestie In-Person Meet Up | DEMIblue Industry Events
Engage with fellow entrepreneurs while fostering a supportive community for knowledge exchange, advice seeking, and networking. Regardless of your business journey stage, the event offers valuable insights and potential for enduring partnerships. Attendees with the most invites stand a chance to win prizes. (In-Person)

Events on July 26

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. (In-Person)

Navigating Privacy in the Age of AI | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
This panel discussion delves into the complexities of data privacy in AI-powered businesses. Experts from Transcend and Jasper will provide insights on meeting compliance requirements, integrating privacy considerations in AI product development, and addressing startup-specific privacy challenges. (Virtual)

Goal Setting and Time Management | Women’s Employment Network
Discover techniques for effective goal setting and time management at this workshop. The program includes understanding current time use, identifying personal strengths and weaknesses, understanding self-management of time, and introducing new habits for improved time management. (Virtual)

Summer with Skandy: How I’m Funding My Startup | Skandalaris Center
Hear from three local entrepreneurs as they discuss various funding avenues for startups, from grants and tax credits to investors and philanthropy. This interactive panel discussion includes presentations and networking opportunities with experienced panelists. The panel includes John Kiehl of The FAM, Chauncey Nelson of Good Developments Group, and Doug Spencer of Bold Xchange. (In-Person)

Events on July 27

Introducing AI copilots for your startup | Microsoft for Startups
Find out how AI copilots can amplify your startup’s growth. And learn about their benefits, how they can craft unique experiences, automate cognitive tasks, and tap into new customer segments. Witness how other startups have effectively utilized AI copilots. (Virtual)

How to Optimize Digital Experiences to Drive Pipeline and Revenue | AMA
Learn how to optimize digital experiences to enhance audience engagement and generate actionable first-party data. Acquire strategies for integrating sales into audience experiences, using data to accelerate the buying journey, and creating sales triggers to boost the pipeline. (Virtual)

aX Roundtable: AI in Programmatic Advertising | AudienceX
AUDIENCEX leaders will engage in a live roundtable discussion on the influence of AI in programmatic advertising, exploring its impact on the landscape, strategic applications, and future expectations. They will discuss AI’s relation to current challenges such as data safety, budget optimization, and performance insights. (Virtual)

Business Tips for Success: Organization | SCORE Bi-State Region
In this session, Nalini S. Mahadevan, with MLO Law, will share practical insights on enhancing productivity and managing risks by improving business organization. Drawing from her vast experience and personal journey, she’ll offer valuable, tested tips for entrepreneurs. (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 28

Achieving Business Growth Through Total Accountability | Vistage
At this event, expert Mike Scott will share practical solutions for CEOs and business owners to identify and improve company accountability issues. Attendees will gain hands-on knowledge in effective delegation, prioritization, and using Vistage partners for accountability, benefiting their business growth. (Virtual)

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)

Code Til Dawn
At this inclusive meet-up, individuals passionate about Engineering, Data, Design, and Product can collaborate to work on projects, get mentorship, and network with like-minded individuals, regardless of experience level. (In-Person)

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