St. Louis Events // Week of July 8, 2024 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

St. Louis is the place for entrepreneurs, techies, and marketers during the week of July 8-14. Our Founder, Erik Lutenegger, has compiled a comprehensive guide to the must-attend events and resources that will empower you to connect, grow, and thrive. Take advantage of this chance to immerse yourself in our dynamic community.

Accelerator, Funding, and ESO Opportunities

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 July 31 // Climate Innovation Day, St. Louis: Startup Pitch Event | Bayer Crop Science
This competition offers climate-focused startups the chance to showcase their innovations. Participants gain free workspace, networking opportunities, and educational support. The event fosters collaboration among startups, industry leaders, and investors to drive climate change solutions. It supports both for-profit and nonprofit entities working on environmental issues. (Pitch Competition)

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)

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

Tech, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship Events

July 8

Elevate your start-up’s brand awareness and growth | Enterprise Nation
Gain valuable knowledge from Kiki Bhaur on how to elevate your start-up’s brand. This Lunch and Learn session delves into big-brand strategies tailored for start-ups, focusing on actionable steps to boost brand awareness and growth, ensuring you stand out in the market​ (Virtual)

How to Organize Your Business for Sanity and Sustainability | NY Public Library, Thomas Yoseloff Business Center
Experience a comprehensive guide on maintaining sanity while achieving sustainability in your business. Jamie Jay will discuss strategies to optimize your business processes, promoting both efficiency and personal well-being. This session is designed to help you implement sustainable practices seamlessly. (Virtual)

Creative Collective: Navigating Networking | Nonprofit Marketers Network – STL
Participate in an engaging networking discussion with LJ Hearn and Bob Stergos at the Creative Collective event. Organized by Nonprofit Marketers Network–STL, this session is designed to provide valuable networking tips and encourage peer interaction. Limited to 20 attendees. (In-Person | St. Louis Community Foundation)

How to Acquire Your First 100 B2C Customers | Founder Institute
Learn effective techniques for securing your first 100 B2C customers. Featuring Ahmad Fareed Al Saif, this event offers practical advice on targeting the right audience, crafting irresistible offers, and utilizing digital marketing tools to attract and retain customers, ensuring your start-up’s success from the ground up​. (Virtual)

AI Marketing Techniques Using ChatGPT | SCORE Bi-State Region
Immerse yourself in the latest advancements where AI becomes a powerful ally in amplifying your marketing strategies. Join us for an engaging introduction to harnessing the potential of ChatGPT to propel your business forward. (Virtual)

July 9

July 9-11 // How to Launch or Scale Your Business | Unleash AI For Business
Unlock AI’s power for business growth at the Unleash AI for Business Summit. Learn to produce profitable virtual summits, target ideal client demographics with AI, and promote your events successfully. The summit features expert guidance on leveraging AI for maximum impact. (Virtual)

How to Squash gender bias at work | CreativeMornings
Learn how to tackle gender bias in the workplace at this insightful event. Facilitated by Rachel Crowther, the session includes pre-recorded scenarios acted out to highlight everyday biases and provides practical solutions to foster gender inclusivity at work. (Virtual)

Disability Inclusion and Accessible Marketing 101 | AMA
Discover how to incorporate disability inclusion into your marketing efforts with guidance from experts at Salesforce, Disability, and Current Global. This webinar covers practical approaches to accessible marketing, helping you build a more inclusive and impactful brand​. (Virtual)

Techstars Selection Criteria: A Founder’s Guide | Techstars
Gain insights into Techstars’ selection criteria in this online event. Directors Keith Camhi and Jennifer Davis will discuss important factors like team composition, market fit, and traction. The session offers a live Q&A to help founders improve their applications and succeed in the accelerator​ (Virtual)

What AI Can and Can’t Do in 2024 | Balto Software
Don’t miss this opportunity to dive deep into the world of AI with these two industry experts. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just curious about AI, this webinar will provide valuable insights and answer your burning questions. (Virtual)

Retail Insights 2024: The Trends That Will Impact H2 Success | EMARKETER
Explore key retail trends shaping the second half of 2024 at this webinar. Hosted by, the event delves into consumer behavior insights, retail performance, and the impact of retail media networks. Learn how location-based analytics drive strategic decisions in retail​ (Virtual)

The Fire Awards | St. Louis Business Journal
Celebrate the innovators at the Fire Awards, St. Louis Inno’s premier recognition program. The event honors startups and organizations driving the local innovation economy, featuring awards for groundbreaking firms and a fireside chat with Legacy Entrepreneur honoree, Jerry Kent​. (In-Person | 18Rails)

Networking After Hours Business Banking: Access To Capital with Regions Bank | Heartland Black Chamber of St. Louis
At this networking event, talk to Jeremy from Regions Bank about banking solutions and access to capital for your business. (In-Person | Heartland Black Chamber)

Tech on Tap: 2nd Tuesday @ Urban Chestnut | TechSTL
Gather with St. Louis’s brightest tech minds for an evening of networking and insightful discussions, accompanied by local brews and a live interview with a tech leader. (In-Person | Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall)

Vetworking STL July 2024 at Busch Stadium
Join Vetworking STL 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 | Busch Stadium)

July 10

Entrenamiento de Restaurantes | Cortex’s Square One
Listo para elevar tus habilidades de administración de restaurantes? Este programa de 3 partes está diseñado para equiparte con el conocimiento y las habilidades esenciales necesarias para dirigir un negocio de restaurante exitoso. (In-Person | Cortex @ 20 S. Sarah)

Creating a Business Idea That works | NYC Department of Small Business Services
Dive into creating a successful business idea with this webinar. Learn to identify market needs, analyze your target audience, and develop a compelling value proposition. The session, hosted by NYC Department of Small Business Services, offers practical tools and insights for aspiring entrepreneurs. (Virtual)

Find your brand’s sweet spot to attract the right clients | WE NYC
Uncover how to attract the right clients by finding your brand’s sweet spot in this webinar. Hosted by Danielle Hughes of WE NYC, the session covers audience identification, pain points, value propositions, and differentiation from competitors. Perfect for entrepreneurs looking to refine their brand messaging. (Virtual)

I Have a Great Business Idea! Now What? | Kirkwood Public Library
Understand the foundational steps for launching your business idea in this SBDC-led session. Topics include creating a Business Model Canvas, evaluating your vision, and developing scalable strategies. This event helps participants navigate from conceptualizing their idea to implementing a practical business plan. (In-Person | Kirkwood Public Library)

Skandalaris Center at Delmar DivINe | Skandalaris Center
Attend the event at Delmar DivINe hosted by the Skandalaris Center to learn about supporting social services in St. Louis. Maxine Clark will share insights on Delmar DivINe’s impact, city progress, and reasons behind people’s attraction to St. Louis. Experience a collaborative atmosphere enhancing community services. (In-Person | Delmar Divine)

Get in the Money Mindset: Start-up Budgeting Tactics | Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis Women’s Business Center
What mindset do you need to be a thriving business owner? Join us to learn key budgeting principles that will help you start-up or expand your business! (Virtual)

Mastering Video Marketing | Piper Media Group
Immerse yourself in the world of video marketing with expert Corey Piper. This event covers creating compelling stories, optimizing videos for maximum reach, and utilizing social media effectively. Ideal for business owners, marketers, and content creators seeking to enhance their video marketing skills. (In-Person | Commerce CONNECT)

July 11

SuperCollider: Nonprofit Teams | Filament
Participate in SuperCollider for a results-oriented experience focused on teamwork and innovation. Nonprofit attendees will enjoy CIC’s co-working amenities, skill-enhancing workshops, and peer collaboration. The event aims to equip teams with actionable tools and techniques to tackle common challenges. (In-Person | Filament)

Restaurant Basics | Cortex’s Square One
Ready to elevate your restaurant management skills? This program is tailored to equip you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to run a successful restaurant business. There are 3 dates available for the English class. You only need to attend one session. (In-Person | Cortex @ 20 S. Sarah)

GREAT Storytelling | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Marvel at the power of storytelling with expert Michael Gaines. This event focuses on developing strategic narratives using the GREAT tool to maximize business engagement. Gain insights into effectively reaching your audience and integrating storytelling into your organizational practices. (Virtual)

Downtown Summer Nights: Happy Hour w/ DJ Mahf | Greater St. Louis, Inc.
Join fellow music lovers for a happy hour with DJ Mahf providing the soundtrack. This event is one of many efforts to increase vibrancy, boost local businesses, and encourage foot traffic in Downtown St. Louis. (In-Person | Keiner Plaza)

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 | Aloft St. Louis)

July 12

Pet Project: Hackathon for Animal Welfare | The GEOINT Hub @ T-REX
Take part in the Pet Project Hackathon to create solutions for animal welfare. Teams will work on data-driven projects to fight animal mistreatment, with support from experts and access to T-REX facilities. The event welcomes all passionate about animal welfare, regardless of background or profession. (Virtual)

Email Marketing Friday Forum | MarketingProfs
Absorb valuable email marketing insights at the Email Marketing Friday Forum. Gain practical tips on crafting compelling emails, tackling deliverability issues, and using segmentation to boost engagement. Expert speakers Nancy Harhut, Guy Hanson, and Adeola Sole will share their expertise in this comprehensive event. (Virtual)

Bourbon Friday @ TechArtista CWE
It’s Friday, and it’s not Friday without Bourbon Friday. And you can join us at Techartista Central West End 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 CWE)

Sips and Salutations at 21c St. Louis & LSAC | 21c Hotel
Revel in a night of relaxation with Sips and Salutations at 21c Museum Hotel St. Louis. The event features a 40-minute yoga session and a refreshing Tom Collins cocktail, offering a perfect blend of wellness and enjoyment. Suitable for all, tickets are available for both members and non-members. (In-Person | 21c Hotel St. Louis)

Let Them Eat Art | City of Maplewood
Engage in the lively festivities of Let Them Eat Art, Maplewood’s unique celebration of Bastille Day. Enjoy a night filled with live art, music, children’s activities, and delicious offerings from local eateries. The event also includes extended shopping hours and special promotions from Maplewood retailers. (In-Person | Downtown Maplewood)

July 13

Meramec Magic + Dutchtown Open House | Microbusiness Network
Enhance your weekend at Meramec Magic + Dutchtown Open House. Participate in visionary activities, laughter yoga, and a community open house tour. Benefit from free shopping shuttles, financial literacy booths, and live entertainment while exploring local shops and supporting Dutchtown’s vibrant community. (In-Person | Dutchtown)

July 14

Bastille Day Celebration | Chatillon- DeMenil Mansion
Immerse in the Bastille Day festivities at the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion. Enjoy Parisian jazz, French food and drinks, and historical reenactments celebrating the 1789 revolution. The event offers a lively tribute to French culture and history in a historic St. Louis venue. (In-Person | Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion)

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