St. Louis Events // Week of June 17, 2024 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

Attention all entrepreneurs, techies, and marketers in the St. Louis region! The week of June 17-23 is filled with many opportunities catered to your needs. Our Founder, Erik Lutenegger, has prepared a detailed guide to the must-attend events and resources to propel your professional and personal growth.

ESO, Funding, 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 19 // 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 June 29 // Facilitator Incubator Program | HSSU – The Center of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
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)

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 Swingspan.app.


Marketing, Tech, and Entrepreneurship Events

June 17

Becoming a Unicorn: How to Turn Yourself Into a Category of One | NY Public Library, Thomas Yoseloff Business Center
Learn to stand out and become unforgettable with brand and story coach Greg Monaco. This online event reveals strategies to position yourself as a unique specialist, enhancing your storytelling and niche relevance for greater recognition and success. (Virtual)

STL Startup World Cup: Consumer Packaged Goods Semi-Final Competition | TechSTL
At this semi-final event, ten leading CPG startups will present their pitches to a panel of judges, vying for a chance to compete in the regional finals and ultimately the prestigious Startup World Cup. Expect dynamic presentations and fierce competition as they strive for top recognition. (In-Person | The Post Building)

Startup Tax and Accounting – What is so special about it? | Founder Institute
Marc Trost will demystify the complexities of startup tax and accounting in this detailed session. Learn critical distinctions in financial management for startups, from taxation nuances to accounting best practices, and understand what angel investors and venture capitalists prioritize. (Virtual)

June 18

DevSecOps Connect: Security in an AI Universe | TechStrong
Engage with top AI security experts and keynote speaker David Brin as they discuss the theme “Security in an AI Universe.” The event will delve into the integration and security of AI technologies, offering cutting-edge perspectives on AI-driven security advancements. (Virtual)

Virtual Conference: Marketing Analytics | American Marketing Association
Gain insights into consumer behavior patterns and advanced data analytics tools at this online event. Sessions include topics like AI-driven business analytics, event data optimization, and consumer insight strategies, featuring experts like Geoffrey Colon and Mike Anderson. (Virtual)

Driving Engagement: The Role of Strategic Brand Decisions | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Tavia Sharp, a brand image strategist, will share expertise on using strategic brand decisions to enhance customer engagement. Learn how to craft a magnetic brand presence, stand out in a competitive market, and utilize customer insights for marketing growth. (Virtual)

8 Steps to Increased Exposure on Google for Your Business | SCORE – St. Louis Bi-State Region
Discover the power of Google Business Profiles and unlock the potential of your online presence. In this session, you will be guided through best practices to benefit from your Google Business Profile. (Virtual)

UX Writing & Content Design AMA | UX Writing Hub
This webinar focuses on UX writing and content design, offering insights on beginning a career in UX writing, top free resources for beginners, and the relevance of UX writers in the era of AI tools. Participate in this interactive AMA session to get your questions answered. (Virtual)

Nonprofit Marketers Network–STL Virtual Town Hall | Nonprofit Marketers Network – STL
This virtual session provides a comprehensive overview of the Nonprofit Marketers Network, covering membership benefits, board structure, budget, and bylaws. Meet the leadership team, hear about upcoming initiatives, and bring your questions for an interactive discussion. (Virtual)

June 19

1 Million Cups St. Louis | Presenter: Real Document Solutions & HUDU
This event is for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the innovation community here in St. Louis. (In-Person | CIC @ Sarah)

Juneteenth at the Garden | Missouri Botanical Garden
The Missouri Botanical Garden commemorates Juneteenth with diverse activities including Ethiopian bookbinding, pot-a-plant workshops, and storytelling sessions. Vendors will feature Black artists and entrepreneurs, while the Juneteenth Interpretive Guide offers historical insights and stories of notable Black contributors. (In-Person | Missouri Botanical Garden)

3rd Annual Juneteenth “FREE – DOME” Celebration | SAINT LAAA FAB
Join the St. Louis community for the 3rd Annual Juneteenth “FREE-DOME” Celebration, a family-oriented event dedicated to the history and culture of people of African descent. This celebration focuses on unity and aims to uplift Black communities through social and economic empowerment. (In-Person | Griot Museum of Black History)

Summer with Skandy: IdeaBounce® | Skandalaris Center
Come hear our Skandalaris LaunchPad Summer Interns share about the companies they’re supporting this summer. Interns will use the iconic IdeaBounce® structure to pitch their host businesses. There will be a networking reception after the IdeaBounce® for founders, interns, and community members to connect! (In-Person | Seigle Hall)

June 20

The Future-Ready Brand: AI Tools for Creative Professionals | CreativeMornings
Discover how to leverage AI in branding with Phil Pallen. This session provides step-by-step guidance on using AI to build a compelling brand, including crafting mood boards, selecting typography, and creating visual content. Learn strategies to save time and improve brand impact. (Virtual)

Lunch and Learn: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission St. Louis | African Chamber of Commerce, St. Louis
This session by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission St. Louis Office covers federal laws against workplace discrimination. Participants will gain insights into protections for various demographic groups, with opportunities for networking before and after the main event. (In-Person)

Webflow Released | Webflow
The Webflow executive team invites you to Webflow Released, a special virtual event highlighting the latest developments in Webflow, for a unique preview of our vision for the future, a peek at recent product investments, and more. (Virtual)

It’s Time to Reimagine How You Run Marketing | MarketingProfs
Sama Asali from Optimizely discusses how to simplify marketing processes to boost effectiveness. This session covers enhancing team collaboration, streamlining content creation, and accelerating speed-to-market. Learn actionable strategies to create engaging content and campaigns more efficiently. (Virtual)

Business Owner Basics | SLDC
Amy Yan leads a comprehensive workshop on business essentials, covering crucial steps like obtaining an EIN, setting up business banking, and creating a business plan. Attendees will receive valuable resources and actionable advice to support their journey in establishing and running a successful business. (In-Person | NCEC)

Downtown Summer Nights: Black-Owned Business Market | 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)

MAC Business Development Group Happy Hour
Join the MAC Business Development Group for a fun networking opportunity! (In-Person | Missouri Athletic Club)

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)

2024 Business After Hours – Non-profit connections | Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro St. Louis
Network with members of the Hispanic Chamber and local non-profits at this event. Connect with organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association and Make-A-Wish, learning about their missions and volunteer opportunities. Enjoy an evening of meaningful conversations and community engagement. (In-Person | River City Casino & Hotel)

June 21

June 21-22 // Artificial Intelligence Symposium | MyMentorHQ
Join a global community of AI enthusiasts at this virtual symposium. Over two days, the event will cover cutting-edge AI trends, offer hands-on learning experiences, and provide opportunities to connect with professionals across diverse fields, all aimed at driving AI innovation. (Virtual)

Basics of Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs | WE NYC
Learn the basics of crowdfunding in this workshop by WE NYC, featuring Monique Keith. The session covers four crowdfunding models, choosing the best platforms for small businesses, and tips for successful fundraising campaigns. Ideal for entrepreneurs looking to leverage crowdfunding. (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 22

CITY Block Party
The CITY Block Party free concert series is a pre-match tradition that brings together the community and celebrates the intersection of music and soccer. CITY SC has unveiled the block party’s upcoming entertainment lineup, featuring national, regional, and local musicians, including the club’s “Homegrown” artists. (In-Person | CITYPARK)

June 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 | TechArtista UCity)

Office Hours

June 20 // Open Office Hours with MMSC Staff | Missouri Main Street Connection, Inc.
Join Ben White and Keith Winge during our monthly open office hours between 12 PM and 1 PM to ask questions and discuss your ideas. This is a great opportunity to connect and move your community’s ideas forward. (Virtual)

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We’d love to hear what’s piquing your interest this week! Your feedback is vital as we strive to improve the St. Louis startup, tech, and marketing ecosystem. If you have an upcoming event or important date, email us at events@bourbonfriday.show.

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