St. Louis Events // Week of June 24, 2024 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

Exciting times are ahead for the entrepreneurial, tech, and marketing community in St. Louis! During the week of June 24-30, our Founder, Erik Lutenegger, invites you to explore various events and opportunities to help you connect, learn, and excel. Take advantage of this chance to immerse yourself in our thriving ecosystem.

Accelerator, Funding, and ESO Opportunities

Application Open // 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)

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

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 the top 100 small and mid-sized businesses in America, 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 such as growth, community impact, adaptability, and customer service. (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 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)

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.

Entrepreneurship, Tech, and Marketing Events

June 24

June 24-28 // TechSTL Takeover at Nebula | TechSTL
TechSTL is hosting a series of events for its members, who will have free access to co-working spaces in the top innovation district hubs in St Louis. There will be a Networking Breakfast on Tuesday and a Pizza Lunch on Friday. This is a members-only event. But there’s still time to sign up. (In-Person | Nebula)

June 24-28 // AI Geek Week 2024
Dive into the world of AI during this immersive week-long event, featuring daily sessions on leveraging AI for productivity, content creation, and entrepreneurship. Highlights include roundtable discussions, bonus handouts, and advanced strategies to thrive in an AI-driven landscape. (Virtual)

Why and how to understand your ideal customer | Enterprise Nation
Gain insights into understanding your ideal customer in this concise online session. Marketing expert Amy Atkinson will guide participants through the process of creating a customer avatar and explain its significance in social media marketing. A complimentary workbook will be provided for practical application. (Virtual)

Business Owner Basics Lunch and Learn Virtual Workshop | Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis Women’s Business Center
This 10-week “Ready! Set! Launch!” course by the Urban League Women’s Business Center provides targeted training for small business owners at different stages. It includes practical sessions on business ideation, lender readiness, and strategies to boost revenue and brand awareness. (Virtual)

STL Startup World Cup: Direct to Consumer Semi-Final Competition | TechSTL
Witness top regional startups as they pitch their innovative ideas in 5-6 minute sessions to a panel of venture capital judges. The winner will advance to the Startup World Cup Grand Finale, competing for a $1,000,000 investment prize, and participate in the St. Louis Regional Final. (In-Person | The Post Building)

June 25

Revolutionizing ITIL Implementation | TechStrong
Discover how Generative AI is transforming ITIL practices at this online event. Gain insights from expert speakers on AI’s role in automating IT tasks, improving user experiences, and scaling ITIL implementation for better service management outcomes. (Virtual)

Become a Gen AI Leader: Learn about the Playbook that Propels Organizations | Object Computing
This session focuses on practical ways to implement AI for business enhancement. Experts will guide on using AI to streamline processes, improve customer interactions, and increase efficiency. Participants will learn through case studies and gain tools to apply AI solutions in their organizations. (Virtual)

Google for Business Foundations | Freelancers Hub
Enhance your business with Google’s suite of tools in this foundational webinar. Topics include creating and optimizing Google Business Profiles, utilizing Google Ads for targeted marketing, and employing Google Analytics for performance tracking. The session features live demonstrations and expert Q&A for practical learning. (Virtual)

June Virtual Meet and Greet | Techstars
Techstars’ Virtual Meet and Greet provides an overview of their accelerator programs, application tips, and real-time feedback. Entrepreneurs can learn about the benefits of Techstars’ mentorship, funding opportunities, and resources to help scale their startups effectively. (Virtual)

How to Develop an Effective B2B Sales Strategy | SCORE – St. Louis Bi-State Region
This SCORE webinar, led by Steve Strauss, focuses on essential B2B sales techniques. Topics include finding sales opportunities, creating persuasive pitches, closing deals, and maintaining client relationships. Attendees will benefit from expert advice, free resources, and access to the webinar recording. (Virtual)

How Brands Are Turning Personalization Into A Value Exchange With Customers | MarTech
Deloitte Digital’s Leala Crawford and Will Pickard present their latest research on personalization in this webinar. Topics include the tangible benefits of personalization, generational preferences, and strategies for enhancing customer experiences. Attendees will gain actionable insights to drive business impact and customer satisfaction. (Virtual)

Taco Tuesday: Food, Family & Community | Food City
Enjoy an evening of delicious tacos, margaritas, and live music at Piano Keys Lounge. Every first and second Tuesday, the Walker Redds Project performs live, accompanied by DJ Analyze & Trini. The event features great food, vibrant music, and a lively atmosphere from 6 PM to 11 PM with free admission all night. (In-Person | Hacienda)

Write Your About Page for Your Creative Biz | CreativeMornings
Discover how to create a compelling About page for your creative business in this workshop. Led by Anne McColl, the session covers key components like the Big Hello and Heart Grab, with practical tips and examples. Conclude with a networking after-party. (Virtual)

June 26

June 26-28 // AI for Business Summit
Uncover the potential of AI in business through this comprehensive workshop. Sessions cover essential AI concepts, lead generation techniques, conversational bots, and sales optimization. Attendees will gain practical knowledge and tools to boost their business performance with AI. (Virtual)

1 Million Cups St. Louis | Presenters: My Last Words & Artfelt Greetings
This event is for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the innovation community here in St. Louis. This is the Last 1 Million Cups in St. Louis! (In-Person | CIC @ Sarah)

Builders of Authority Live
Elevate your personal brand at Builders of Authority Live, featuring expert speakers on topics like personal branding, podcasting, and digital marketing. Enjoy workshops, networking, and VIP access to a Cardinals game. The event includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments, ensuring a comprehensive learning and networking experience. (In-Person | Techartista Downtown)

Understanding your credit & making it work for you | NYC Department of Small Business Services
Gain insights into managing and improving your credit in this educational webinar. Topics include the importance of credit, understanding credit scores, and building a strong credit history. Attendees will learn actionable steps to use credit as a tool for business growth. (Virtual)

Building Leadership Confidence | WE NYC
Improve your leadership abilities at the WE Master Conference with expert Rebecca Maxwell. This session addresses confidence-building techniques, credibility enhancement, and mindset adjustments. Engage in interactive workshops, a panel discussion, and a Q&A to gain valuable insights into effective leadership. (Virtual)

CIC Pride | CIC St. Louis
Celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community at CIC St. Louis with signature cocktails, catered lunch, and local artisan vendors. Enjoy performances by Diamond De Luxe and the St. Louis Men’s Chorus, accompanied by music from DJ Jillian. The event fosters community support and celebration. (In-Person | CIC @ Sarah)

Ask the SBA Panel | Kirkwood Public Library
Engage with SBA representatives in this panel discussion at Kirkwood Public Library, ideal for both new and experienced business owners. Learn about SBA resources, including loans and contracting opportunities. Attendees can ask questions and gain valuable insights to support their business ventures. (In-Person | Kirkwood Public Library)

Building Out Your Demand Gen Strategy With AI | MarketingProfs
Understand AI’s role in enhancing demand generation at this webinar. Key topics include the application of predictive and generative AI, data preparation, and strategies to maintain customer trust. Ruth Bolster from Salesforce will guide attendees through practical AI implementations. (Virtual)

From Data to Dollars: Strategic Insights to Maximize ROI | AMA
Explore strategies to maximize your ROI with insights from Ben Van Horn and Chris Oberholtzer in this AMA webinar. The session covers overcoming advertising challenges, leveraging data, and evaluating marketing campaigns. Attendees will learn to use data effectively to drive business success. (Virtual)

Data-Driven Hero: How to Fuel Growth with Consumer & Market Insights | Moz
Learn to drive growth through data-driven insights with Moz’s webinar. Sam Torres and Tory Gray will cover how to utilize market data, discover growth prospects, and merge analytical and creative methods. This session aims to balance data analysis with human intuition for effective marketing. (Virtual)

Learn to Launch: A MasterClass for Entrepreneurs – St. Louis | Higher House
Master essential strategies for launching a business in this in-depth MasterClass. Topics include Human Design archetypes, focusing on profitable ideas, and intuitive decision-making. Attendees will gain a tailored launch strategy and a bonus workbook for ongoing support. (Virtual)

Path to Purchase: Moving from Awareness to Conversion | EMARKETER
Participate in this webinar to understand how to move from awareness to conversion. Learn about integrating digital and in-store experiences, the impact of loyalty programs, and using AI for product discovery. Insights will be shared by experts Suzy Davidkhanian, Blake Droesch, and Sarah Marzano. (Virtual)

Mastering Client Attraction in The Age of AI | Network After Work
Unveil new methods for attracting clients with AI in this engaging webinar. Explore AI tools for marketing, strategies for rapid deal closures, and improved networking outcomes. Hosts Cory and Ira provide actionable insights for thriving in digital sales environments. (Virtual)

Pickles & Palomas | HeyDays HQ
Experience a night of fun and relaxation at Pickles & Palomas. Participate in yoga, play pickleball, and savor unique treats like pickled popcorn and avocado toast with pickled veggies. The event also features whiskey palomas, a pickling bar, and marketing insights from Grow With Google. (In-Person | HeyDays HQ)

SQ1 Designing High Impact Panel | Cortex’s Square One
Join this session to learn why products sometimes don’t succeed and how to design your product with problem-solving in mind. You’ll get practical tools to help you think about your product. (In-Person | CIC @ Sarah)

June 27

Business Grows Here STL | Oracle
Dive into the world of entrepreneurship at this St. Louis event. Sessions focus on capital raising, business strategies, and local opportunities. Connect with industry leaders in AI, finance, and more at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel. (In-Person | Union Station)

Unlock the Power of Creativity: Your Pathway to Success with Dr. Lisa Riegel | Jakapa
Unlock your creative potential with Dr. Lisa Riegel in this one-hour session. Learn why creativity is essential for success, discover strategies to foster it, and integrate creative thinking into daily tasks. The event includes an interactive Q&A and networking opportunities. (Virtual)

5 Essential Steps to Scaling AI in Your Organization | AI Marketing Institute
Elevate your understanding of AI integration with expert guidance from Paul Roetzer. This webinar explores crucial steps for scaling AI, addresses key industry trends, and solves common barriers. Learn how to create an AI-savvy workforce and adopt a human-centered AI strategy. (Virtual)

Innovation Series: Startup Fundraising | Founder Institute
Engage with industry experts to explore cutting-edge tools and techniques for startup fundraising. This event includes sessions on funding opportunities, best practices, and communication strategies. Attendees will benefit from expert advice, success stories, and networking opportunities. (Virtual)

Connecting with the Right Investor | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Understand how to connect with the ideal investor for your business with insights from Brian Hollins. This session covers best practices for identifying investment partners, building meaningful relationships, and effectively communicating your business potential. Gain valuable strategies to secure the support your startup needs. (Virtual)

Downtown Summer Nights: Rising Artists Showcase | Greater St. Louis, Inc.
Join fellow art lovers for a night of music and performances at the Rising Artists Showcase. With DJ Nico Marie providing the soundtrack, this event highlights the talents of local artists. It’s a great opportunity to experience the creative energy of St. Louis and support up-and-coming performers. (In-Person | Keiner Plaza)

St. Louis Mappy Hour
Meet fellow GIS experts to exchange experiences and discuss the latest in geospatial technology. The event promotes a casual atmosphere for meaningful conversations and networking opportunities within the GIS community. (In-Person | Alpha Brewing Company)

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)

Founders Unplugged STL | TechSTL
Network with fellow entrepreneurs and learn from seasoned founders in St. Louis. This gathering offers a fireside chat discussing growth strategies, followed by a Q&A session and networking with complimentary beverages and snacks, promoting collaboration within the startup community. (In-Person | T-REX)

Networking Meeting: Incorporating AI into Insurance & Financial Professions | Heartland Black Chamber
Connect with industry professionals to learn about AI integration in insurance and financial services. The event covers key topics like AI benefits, adoption challenges, and strategic implementation. Enjoy networking opportunities and collaborative discussions to advance your understanding and application of AI technologies. (In-Person | Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce)

June 28

Annual Golf Outing | AMA St. Louis
Enjoy a day of golf and networking at the AMA St. Louis Annual Golf Outing. The 2024 Wes Morgan Classic includes prizes and is hosted at Creve Coeur Golf Course. This event is ideal for marketing professionals, educators, and students looking to connect and compete. (In-Person | Creve Coeur Golf Course)

Marketing Tools of Tomorrow | Lunch & Learn | Executive Communications | Social Media Club Los Angeles
Elevate your marketing skills with insights from Alen Bubich during this Lunch & Learn session. Discover the importance of executive communications, enhance your brand’s reputation, and build stronger customer relationships. Learn how executives can effectively use social media to influence market trends and achieve sustainable growth. (Virtual)

Microbusiness Socials | Neighborhood Innovation Center
Wrap up your month with reflection and connection at Urban Eats during our Microbusiness Socials. These gatherings are more than social events; they are a vital part of our strategy to support small business success through shared learning and check-ins. (In-Person | Urban Eats)

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 29

June 29-30 // Pride Fest 2024
Immerse yourself in the festivities of PrideFest 2024, featuring a grand parade, diverse entertainment, and engaging vendor booths. This event promotes LGBTQIA+ understanding and unity, providing a platform for celebration, education, and community connection in St. Louis. (In-Person | Downtown St. Louis)

12th Annual StilL 630 Day Party! | StillL 630
Celebrate the summer with new whiskey releases, delicious food, and live music. Sample the StilL 2nd Shift Whiskey and S.S. Sorghum Whiskey, enjoy cocktails, tacos, ice cream, and cold brew coffee. The event features music by Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players for a lively atmosphere. (In-Person | StillL 630)

Office Hours

Virtual Office Hours | The St. Louis WordPress Community
Office Hours is where you are welcome to ask questions and discuss topics related to WordPress. With this being a virtual event, you are free to drop-in or drop-out at any time. (Virtual)

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