St. Louis Events // Week of June 12, 2023

St. Louis-based entrepreneurs, tech lovers, and marketing professionals can find various opportunities to flourish and build connections within the area’s ecosystem from June 12-16, 2023. Erik Lutenegger, our Founder, has curated a comprehensive list of events and opportunities for the week that cover a broad spectrum of interests, including networking, business aid, skill improvement, and pure enjoyment.

ESO, Accelerators and Funding Opportunities

Need Funding? Incubation? Acceleration? This is the best place to start.

Due June 16 // Midwest CoFounder Match Week
Connect with people you wouldn’t otherwise encounter, and meet your potential cofounder or early hire. Only people looking for co-founders or first hires will be approved to ensure quality. (Co-founders & Early Hires)

Due June 28 // NASA Entrepreneurs Challenge 2023
The 2023 NASA Entrepreneurs Challenge recognizes and supports entrepreneurs and visionaries working on technology that advances the agency’s science goals, particularly in lunar exploration and climate science with prizes totaling $1 Million. (Pitch)

Due June 29 // xTechSBIR Autonomy
The U.S. Army is inviting entities to join the xTech Small Business Innovation Research Autonomy competition. This is a chance for eligible small businesses to present their innovative technology solutions directly to the Department of Defense, with the opportunity to win prize money and potentially receive a Phase I SBIR award of up to $250,000 each. (Funding)

Due July 2 // NSIN Forge
In partnership with FedTech, this program matches cutting-edge DoD tech with early-stage startups for an intensive, twelve-week cohort. Companies work closely with various subject matter experts to assess the technologies’ market viability and commercialization potential. Successful ventures license the tech and develop solutions that impact the DoD and the private sector. (Entrepreneurship Program)

Due July 5 // Techstars
Accelerator applications are due for Build in Tulsa, Seattle, Tel Aviv, Future of Ecommerce powered by eBay, and then “Powered by JP Morgan” for Detroit, New York City, and Oakland

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. (Accelerator)

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 June 12

How to Build a Community for Your Startup | Founder Institute
Learn the superpower of building a sustainable community for your startup at this inspiring webinar, discover how it empowers your business, best practices for trust-building and measuring impact, and hear insights from guest expert Helen Huang. Then stick around for global networking afterward. (Virtual)

How to Start a Business When You Have No Money | NY Public Library, Thomas Yoseloff Business Center
Gain insights from millionaire entrepreneurs who started their businesses with limited funds. Join journalist and author Elaine Pofeldt as she interviews successful entrepreneurs who thrived during the pandemic. Learn their strategies for overcoming challenges and growing profitable enterprises. (Virtual)

Events on June 13

June 13-14 // AWS re:Inforce
This event features hundreds of technical and business sessions on data protection, governance, risk, and compliance; identity and access management; network and infrastructure security; threat detection and incident response; and application security. Attendees gain exclusive access to interactive session types and a keynote featuring AWS Security leadership. (Virtual)

Vetworking STL June 2023
Join Vetworking STL at Urban Chestnut 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)

VOICES – STL Inclusive Entrepreneurship Affinity Group Tour of SLU CAM
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. This also includes a tour of the SLU Center for Additive Manufacturing. (In-Person)

Events on June 14

June 14-15, 2023 // Virtual Conference: Data & Analytics | AMA
At this free 2-day virtual event, you’ll gain insights into creating a data-driven marketing strategy that builds engaging campaigns and outranks competitors. (Virtual)

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. The presenter is Megan Reed Coaching. (In-Person)

Retail Media: Essentials for Making the Most of This Booming Channel | Insider Intelligence
At this webinar, you’ll get answers to these questions, What’s behind retail media’s growth? How does retail media ad spending break down by format? What part of the purchase funnel does retail media reach? And Who are the key players in retail media? (Virtual)

Summer with Skandy: IdeaBounce® | Skandalaris Center
Come and hear the St. Louis Entrepreneurial Fellows and Startup Summer Interns share more about the companies they’re supporting. They will use the iconic IdeaBounce® structure to pitch their host businesses. A networking reception will follow. (In-Person)

Business Book Club: AI Disruption | Filament
Join Business Book Club: AI Disruption from Filament to expand your knowledge and network with professionals from various industries. Each month, they’ll choose five books centered on a single business-critical theme. This month’s theme is AI Disruption. (In-Person)

Events on June 15

Creating a Pitch Deck that Gets Results | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Join veteran marketer Ira Gostin in an engaging AMA session on crafting a compelling pitch deck. Learn how to effectively communicate your business, nurture meaningful connections, and align your story with investor goals. Gain valuable insights to propel your business forward. (Virtual)

The 4th Annual StartOut Equity Summit
This is a virtual event fostering dialogue and action. Join panel discussions, keynote speakers, networking, and entertainment. Explore ways for underestimated entrepreneurs to thrive across industries and geographies. (Virtual)

Self-Learning AI in B2C Omnichannel Marketing and Beyond | MarketingProfs
Here you’ll learn How AI is already being used by omnichannel marketers, What the future of AI looks like for D2C/B2C brands, and How AI will impact roles in your marketing organization. (Virtual)

Project Liftoff: LaunchCoder Mock Interview & Happy Hour
At this event, you’ll join recent LaunchCode graduates for a mock interview session and happy hour. And witness their tech skills and interview practice with local professionals. (In-Person)

Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber Of Commerce Networking Mixer
Are you ready to grow your network and reach a thriving business market? Come and learn more about the Heartland Chamber and its initiatives while connecting with other black-owned businesses and organizations in the St. Louis Region. (In-Person)

Venture Cafe St. Louis | Fade To Black: A Celebration of Black Culture & Fashion
The theme for that evening is Fade To Black: A Celebration of Black Culture & Fashion. Highlights include Community Connections, Fade To Black Fashion Show, and Fade To Black Panel: Meet The Designers. (In-Person)

Events on June 16

June 16-17 // Typographics 2023
This 2-day series of talks is the central event of the Typographics Festival. It is focused on the use of type across all design disciplines. (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)

Events on June 17

2023 BLK Family Reunion Festival
A one-day celebration of Saint Louis culture featuring music, activities, and food. Enjoy performances by renowned artists and local talents. Join this great community at Harris-Stowe State University for this free event. (In-Person)

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