St. Louis Events // Week of June 10, 2024 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

The St. Louis entrepreneurial, tech, and marketing community is in for a treat during the week of June 10-16. Our Founder, Erik Lutenegger, has meticulously assembled a comprehensive list of events and opportunities to empower you to network, learn, and thrive. Dive in and make the most of this vibrant ecosystem.

Funding, ESO, and Accelerator Opportunities

Applications Open // MTC Idea Fund
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 June 14 // Progressive® Driving Small Business Forward: $50K Grants
This offers $50,000 to 20 businesses, focusing on those requiring commercial vehicles for expansion. The grant includes a 12-week virtual coaching program to aid growth, targeting U.S.-based for-profit businesses with under 10 employees and less than $5 million in annual revenue. Eligibility excludes rideshare or delivery service contractors. (Grant)

Due June 16 // Impact Grant | NGLCC & Grubhub Community Fund
Supported by the Grubhub Community Fund, this program provides financial aid to LGBTQ+-owned and allied food establishments, such as restaurants and bars. Eligible businesses can receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Applicants must be LGBTQ+-owned or allied and have not previously received this grant twice. (Grant)

Due June 14 // Techstars Accelerator
This global startup accelerator provides mentorship, funding, and networking opportunities to help entrepreneurs succeed. Applications are due for Techstars Sports Accelerator Powered by Indy (Accelerator)

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 awards ranging from $10,000 to $75,000. 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)

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Tech, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship Events

June 10

Build a tech strategy to boost your business | Enterprise Nation
Bhairav Patel of Atom CTO will lead this informative session, teaching business owners to build a tech strategy that enhances efficiency and growth. The workshop will explore identifying tech needs, finding cost-effective solutions, and best practices for managing technology in your business. (Virtual)

Reinvention journaling: discover your next pivot | CreativeMornings
Engage in a creative journaling workshop to help you find your next career move. Sarah Ing will facilitate exercises focused on self-discovery and career reinvention, allowing participants to reflect, write, and share insights within a supportive community setting. (Virtual)

STL Startup World Cup: Consumer Manufacturing Semi-Final Competition | TechSTL
Witness 10 of the top regional startups in consumer manufacturing compete in a high-stakes pitch event. Each team will present their innovative solutions to a panel of venture capital judges, aiming to secure a spot in the Startup World Cup Grand Finale and a cash prize. (In-Person | The Post Building)

How to Come Up with Great Startup Ideas | Founder Institute
Learn from Jonathan Greechan of the Founder Institute as he explains frameworks for generating startup ideas. This interactive workshop includes discussions on common misconceptions, methods for idea generation, and a networking session for sharing and refining ideas with fellow participants. (Virtual)

June 11

June 11-13 // The Six Five Summit: AI UNLEASHED | Techstrong
This three-day virtual summit brings together industry giants to discuss AI innovations. Keynote speakers include executives from ServiceNow and Lenovo. The event offers a blend of live and on-demand sessions, ensuring participants can engage with cutting-edge tech insights and strategies. (Virtual)

Developing a Marketing Strategy | NYC Department of Small Business Services
In this informative session by the NYC Department of Small Business Services, attendees will explore key steps in building a marketing strategy. Topics include market research, message development, and channel selection, providing a solid foundation for enhancing marketing efforts and business growth.(Virtual)

The 2024 Top 100 Advertisers Search Report | Emarketer
Explore how search behavior reflects consumer sentiment in this live webinar. Captify’s insights reveal how top advertisers like Amazon and Nike rank in sentiment and search volume. Learn the significance of search and sentiment connections and apply these insights to real-world marketing strategies. (Virtual)

AfriTechSTL Presents: Tech Ties Mixer | Afritech STL
Engage with the tech community in St. Louis through this mixer, where professionals and enthusiasts can discuss projects, network, and find collaboration opportunities. The event at Levels aims to strengthen connections and support diversity in the tech industry. (In-Person | Levels)

Tech on Tap: 2nd Tuesday @ Urban Chestnut | TechSTL
Connect with tech innovators in St. Louis at this monthly networking event. Held at Urban Chestnut Brewing, participants can share ideas, explore collaborations, and enjoy a casual setting perfect for fostering connections within the local tech community. (In-Person | Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall)

June 12

Navigating the AI Frontier: Insights and Challenges for Leaders | Focus St. Louis
Gain valuable insights into the influence of AI on business processes from industry leaders. This discussion at World Wide Technology’s Pathway Auditorium covers leveraging AI for innovation, improving decision-making, and managing risks, offering crucial guidance for business leaders. (In-Person | World Wide Technology, Pathway Auditorium)

1 Million Cups St. Louis | Presenter: Fufu n’ Sauce
This event is for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the innovation community here in St. Louis. (In-Person | CIC @ Sarah)

STL Women of Tech Gathering at Spark Coworking | TechSTL
Celebrate women’s technological achievements with a morning of networking, discussions, and a keynote at Spark Coworking. Engage with leaders like Cynthia Chapple and Laura Lakhwara and gain insights from Emily Hemingway on driving change in the tech sector. (In-Person | Spark Coworking – St. Louis)

What’s New on LinkedIn for Business | SCORE-St. Louis
Discover LinkedIn’s latest updates in this webinar hosted by Kathy Bernard. Learn about enhanced company page options, improved post-scheduling, AI content features, and new identity verification tools. The session aims to help businesses utilize LinkedIn’s new features for growth and increased authenticity. (Virtual)

Geosaurus Unleashed | T-REX
Attend a session featuring Paul Ramsey’s keynote on the influence of open-source in geospatial tech. This event offers networking opportunities, discussions about geospatial open-source technology, and a chance to connect with fellow professionals at the GEOINT Hub. (In-Person | T-REX)

Pitch Perfect with Verizon Business | Verizon Business
Attend an insightful workshop led by Precious Williams focused on mastering pitch techniques to secure approvals from clients, customers, and funders. Part of Verizon Business’s National Digital Ready Workshop Tour, it offers expert coaching and networking opportunities for small businesses. (In-Person | HeyDays HQ)

Copyright & Trademark Law for Freelancers | Freelancers Hub
Freelancers seeking to protect their work can benefit from this comprehensive copyright and trademark law webinar. Led by Emma Frean, the session will explain the essentials of copyright protection, the process of trademark application, and the importance of maintaining these protections to ensure brand security and market differentiation​. (Virtual)

Building A Multi-Six Figure Business Through Social Media Marketing | Network After Work
Discover effective social media marketing techniques to transform your business into a multi-six-figure venture. Hosted by Andy Audate, this webinar will teach you how to attract leads, optimize your online presence, and automate sales processes for consistent revenue growth. Join the event to learn proven strategies for business success. (Virtual)

Summer with Skandy: Storytelling for Business | Skandalaris Center
Enhance your business communication skills through storytelling with Ed Reggi at this Skandalaris Center event. Attendees will discover how to blend business strategies with creative narrative techniques to engage audiences better. (In-Person | Seigle Hall, WashU)

Vetworking STL June 2024
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 | Global Brew – O’fallon, IL)

June 13

SQ1 Restaurant Basics Workshop | Cortex’s Square One, Profundiza & St. Louis Small-Business Empowerment Center
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.  (In-Person | CIC @ 20 S. Sarah)

Fast 50 | St. Louis Business Journal
Don’t miss the Fast 50 event honoring the 50 fastest-growing privately held companies in the St. Louis area that achieved remarkable revenue increases from 2021-2023. (In-Person | Marriott St. Louis Grand)

The Personalization Framework: Building Blocks for Exceptional Customer Experiences | MarTech
In this webinar, John Nash of Redpoint Global will explain how personalization influences consumer choices and drives revenue. Attendees will learn about improving data quality, dynamic segmentation, and optimizing customer journeys to enhance lifetime value, utilizing advanced technologies and analytics. (Virtual)

Biz Brew June 2024 – Multi-Chamber Business After Hours
Enjoy an evening of networking with members from different regional chambers. The event includes refreshments designed to help attendees make new business connections, share resources, and strengthen their professional network in a relaxed atmosphere. (In-Person | The Gallery at The District)

Juneteenth Celebration | WashU
Experience a vibrant Juneteenth celebration with performances, storytelling, and hands-on activities. The event aims to educate and commemorate African American history and culture, providing attendees a meaningful and enjoyable experience. (In-Person | Missouri History Museum)

Business Banking Workshop: Small Business Financial Statements | African Chamber of Commerce, St. Louis
This business banking workshop focuses on understanding and leveraging small business financial statements. Experts from BMO Bank will guide attendees through obtaining business credit, helping participants strengthen their financial acumen and improve their business operations. (In-Person | African Chamber of Commerce)

Downtown Summer Nights Movie Night: Crooklyn | Greater St. Louis, Inc.
This movie night, part of the Downtown Summer Nights series, aims to boost local business vibrancy and increase foot traffic. It’s a great opportunity to unwind, enjoy a classic film, and support community initiatives focused on making downtown St. Louis more vibrant and engaging. (In-Person | Keiner Plaza)

AgriTech Thursdays: Fine-tuning expression of transcription factors to achieve economically valuable plant phenotypes. | T-REX
Participate in AgriTech Thursdays for engaging discussions on agtech. Each event includes a short presentation from experts like Dr. Kelly Gillespie of Bayer Crop Science, who will discuss innovations such as the Preceon Smart-Corn System. (In-Person | T-REX)

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)

June 14

Demystifying Pitch Best Practices with Manan Mehta | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
This webinar, led by Manan Mehta, focuses on the key elements of successful pitching. Learn how to articulate your business vision, address investor concerns, and highlight your unique selling points. The session aims to equip entrepreneurs with the tools to pitch confidently and effectively, enhancing their chances of securing funding and partnerships. (Virtual)

Lead Generation Friday Forum | MarketingProfs
Learn cutting-edge lead generation strategies at this free event. Experts Brendan Hufford, Brian Lanning, and Moni Oloyede will share techniques on community marketing, trade show lead generation, and creating buyer profiles that drive more leads. (Virtual)

Bourbon Friday @ 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 | TechArtista Downtown)

June 15

Delmar Blvd Juneteenth Celebration
Celebrate Juneteenth on June 15th with events at the Delmar Loop, including a 5K Race for Reconciliation, an afternoon Vendor Fair, and an Evening Celebration featuring African dancers, drummers, musicians, and a car show. The event aims to foster unity and commemorate freedom. (In-Person)

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Let us know in the comments what’s exciting you for the days ahead! Your insights and ideas are instrumental in shaping the future of the St. Louis startup, tech, and marketing community. And for any events or deadlines you’d like us to be aware of, please get in touch with us at events@bourbonfriday.show.

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