St. Louis Events // Week of March 11, 2024 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

St. Louis entrepreneurs, techies, and marketers have a world of opportunities at their fingertips. From enriching networking events to supportive business resources and skill-enhancing workshops, there’s something to cater to every need. Erik Lutenegger, our Founder, brings you this week’s highlights of events and opportunities in St. Louis, happening March 11 – March 17.

Funding, Accelerator & ESO Opportunities

Take your business to a new level with these opportunities.

Due March 22 // Inc. 5000
The Inc. 5000 awards honor America’s fastest-growing private companies based on three-year revenue growth. It’s a prestigious list by Inc. magazine, highlighting entrepreneurial success, innovation, and leadership across industries, offering visibility, credibility, and networking opportunities to the ranked companies. (International Award)

Due March 29 // SLU New Venture Accelerator | Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship
This program supports SLU founders with funding, resources, and guidance to turn their ideas into reality. It offers a 14-week summer program tailored to each cohort, focusing on various aspects of business development and culminates with a demo day for pitches to investors and partners. Eligible participants can receive equity-free investments up to $50,000 (Accelerator)

Due March 29 // Arch Grants Competition
It’s almost that time of year, and Arch Grants is now a $75,000 non-dilutive grant with tons of resources. They also provide $25k in moving expenses if you are moving here. Get a reminder straight to your inbox. (Grant Reminder)

Due April 5 // Missouri Startup Weekend
Missouri Startup Weekend is an event for entrepreneurs to pitch ideas, form teams, and start businesses in just three days. It’s open to anyone interested in startups, not limited to tech. Participants can work on new or existing projects, with tickets covering the event’s essentials. The goal is to foster startup creation through a supportive, immersive experience. (Hackathon)

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.

Technology, Marketing & Entrepreneur Events

Explore a diverse range of technology, marketing, and entrepreneurship events designed to inspire and educate professionals across various industries.

March 11

Video marketing for your small business | Enterprise Nation
Master the art of captivating your audience through compelling video marketing strategies. Explore the essential toolkit for kickstarting a successful video marketing journey tailored to your small business needs.(Virtual)

How to Grow a Million-Dollar Business Without Apologies | NY Public Library, Thomas Yoseloff Business Center
Discover the winning strategies of top entrepreneurs like Alicia Schiro, Jadah Sellner, and Emily Tryon, who have scaled their businesses beyond the 7-figure mark unapologetically. (Virtual)

The Grant Writing Process: This Is How We Do It! | SCORE Bi-State Region
This workshop will detail the organizational planning required for effective grant readiness. Participants will leave with the steps necessary to be strategically positioned to apply for grants and be competitively excellent. (Virtual)

How to Tackle the Gender Gap in Funding: Facts & Initiatives from Investors | Founder Institute
Unravel the intricacies of the gender funding gap with insights from visionary investors Kalsoom Lakhani, i2i Ventures, and Mercedes Bankston, Founder Institute. Their expertise will steer discussions on transformative solutions and successful programs driving toward an equitable investment environment. (Virtual)

March 12

Generative AI in Social Media Marketing: Wins, pitfalls, and everything in between | AMA – Social Media & AI Bootcamp Series 2024
Dive into the transformative world of generative AI in social media marketing, uncovering its game-changing impact on workflows, best practices, and unified data-driven approaches. (Virtual)

Welcoming the Interaction to Next Paint | RUMVision
Brace yourself for the arrival of Interaction to Next Paint (INP) as a crucial Core Web Vital metric, reshaping the landscape of web performance evaluation. (Virtual)

Pitching For Venture Capital | North County Innovation Center
Gain insight on how to properly pitch for venture capital from Mary Scott of BusinessRiff and 1 Million Cups St. Louis. Lunch will be provided (In-Person | North County Innovation Center)

Social Media Marketing Strategies for Your Small Business | SCORE
Timing is everything – discover the optimal moments to post on each platform, what content resonates best, and social advertising strategies to amplify your business’s reach. (Virtual)

5 Digital Engagement Trends for 2024 | American Marketing Association
Explore innovative tactics to captivate prospects, from pioneering digital experiences and content formats to the next phase of live, on-demand, and hybrid events. (Virtual)

The Brand Benefits Playbook | MarketingProfs
Unlock the brand positioning playbook as MarketingProfs CEO Allen Weiss unveils the power of leveraging your brand’s benefits for sustainable growth and competitive edge. (Virtual)

Leading Leaders: A Framework to Develop Your Managers | Enterprise University
Elevate your organizational prowess by mastering a comprehensive framework to nurture and empower your managerial talent, fostering high-performing teams that drive client success. (Virtual)

Tech on Tap: 2nd Tuesdays @ Urban Chestnut | TechSTL
Gather with St. Louis’s brightest tech innovators for an evening of lively discussions and networking at Urban Chestnut Brewing. Enjoy complimentary appetizers, engage with top tech leaders, and savor local brews while exchanging ideas. (In-Person | Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall)

Vetworking STL March 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 | Paddy O’s)

March 13

STL Women of Tech Gathering at Spark Coworking | TechSTL
Witness the fusion of inspiration and empowerment as TechSTL honors the city’s top female change-agents, catalyzing conversations that redefine the innovation landscape one disruption at a time. (In-Person | Spark Coworking – St. Louis)

Small Business Certifications for Federal, State & Local Government Contracts | Apex Accelerators of Missouri – University of Missouri (MU) Extension
This virtual seminar offers a detailed analysis of the socio-economic certifications required for small businesses to compete in federal, state, and local government contracting, emphasizing the potential to unlock significant spending set-asides. (Virtual)

Lobby Day at the Missouri State Capitol | St. Louis Fashion Fund
Fashion industry professionals and educators from St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield, and Cape Girardeau are planning a full day of meetings with legislators to talk about the importance of fashion’s $13.3 billion industry and how we can work closer together in the future to grow the industry statewide. (In-Person | Missouri State Capitol)

One Report, Endless Ideas: Crafting a Quarter’s Content with Smart Repurposing | Moz
Amplify your report’s reach and engagement through influencer collaborations, guest blogging opportunities, and targeted email campaigns that captivate your audience with insightful findings. (Virtual)

The Impact of Workflow Digitization | Adobe
Witness a thought-provoking dialogue that explores how digitizing workflows can catalyze organizational change, fostering seamless processes, meaningful customer connections, and a future-ready corporate culture. (Virtual)

Unicorn Pitches: The US
With a staggering $970M+ in funding awarded to previous winners, this global phenomenon curated by Network Silicon Valley Club offers a front-row seat to the future of innovation, where visionary founders, investors, and industry titans converge. (Virtual)

LinkedIn Strategies to Get More Clients | Network After Work
Transform your LinkedIn presence into a client acquisition powerhouse as Joe Apfelbaum, Ajax Union’s CEO, unveils his 9-step blueprint for consistently attracting and converting high-value clients through strategic networking and positioning. (Virtual)

Creative Collective: Discussion Topic: Beyond Logo Soup: Leveraging Marketing To Secure Corporate Support | Nonprofit Marketers Network STL
Nonprofit marketers gather to explore how to elevate corporate sponsorship from mere logo placement to meaningful engagement. Discover how aligning marketing assets with the right partners can pave the way for sustained support. (In-Person | Saint Louis Art Museum)

Geosaurus Unleashed | T-REX
Every second Wednesday of the month T-REX will spotlight a speaker (or a panel of speakers) to discuss how they’re using geospatial technology in their field of expertise to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems. This week is Urban EcoBlock (In-Person | T-REX)

Optimize Your Customer Discovery Process | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Learn how to leverage iterative customer discovery techniques to propel your startup’s growth, as Kanika Mehta guides you through best practices for gathering actionable consumer insights that inform your value proposition and minimum viable product. (Virtual)

StartupSTL Ecosystem 101 at T-REX | TechSTL
This is an in-depth exploration of the resources available to St. Louis’s burgeoning business community, covering everything from funding options to vital support networks and programs.(In-Person | T-REX)

March 14

Painting the Tech Business Model Canvas | Missouri SBDC
This 6 week online offering via Zoom will introduce technology start-ups to the steps necessary for developing a business model canvas for their early concept. This includes a framework that focuses on discovering the customer problems in the space where their potential solution may live. In addition, this course will include steps to develop a value proposition that fulfills the customer’s need, that differentiates them in the marketplace. (Virtual)

314 Digital Panel: Harnessing AI
314 Digital convenes a panel of industry experts to demystify AI’s role in shaping digital ecosystems. Learn from leaders how AI-driven insights and imagery are revolutionizing marketing strategies. (In-Person | Pierre Laclede Center)

Growing Your Online Community with Adobe Express | CreativeMornings
Get community-building wisdom from an experienced Adobe manager to foster meaningful connections online. Develop a robust presence with tailored strategies and optimize your efforts using Adobe Express for impactful content management. (Virtual)

Business Women’s Brunch | African Chamber of Commerce, St. Louis
Savor an array of African culinary delights and melodies while engaging in valuable networking opportunities, sharing insights, and celebrating collective milestones within a supportive environment. (In-Person | Jenny’s Diner)

STL 101: Update on Afghan, Ukrainian and other Newcomers to St. Louis | St. Louis Mosaic Project
Hear from immigrant advocates, Betsy Cohen and Arrey Obenson, as they provide insightful updates on the diverse refugees arriving in the region, discussing origins and ways to support their acclimation and welcome. (Virtual)

Social Pulse Summit: Retail Edition | Agorapulse
Get ahead in the retail sector’s digital marketing game with pearls of wisdom from renowned experts. Learn to navigate the shifting sands of social media platforms and consumer engagements at this immersive online gathering. (Virtual)

Thrivent Ambassadors: The HuSTLe Expo 🍕 🎁 | Harris-Stowe
Experience the HuSTLe Expo, a vibrant testament to St. Louis’s entrepreneurial spirit and culture. Enjoy insightful talks, connect with innovative side hustlers, and indulge in a day of interactive celebration with the city’s passion on full display. (In-Person | Harris -Stowe State University Emerson Gym)

AgriTech Thursday: Sustainable Domestic Natural Rubber. From Sunflower. | T-REX
This is a monthly, after-work event focused on agricultural technologies research and collaboration in the St Louis region. This session is David Woodburn, Edison Agrisciences (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)

#SheCan Connect Networking Meet Up
SheCan Connect is a growing community for female leaders, entrepreneurs, side hustlers, and creatives. If you are a woman of faith seeking growth, strategy, resources, and inspiration by combining spiritual and professional development, this event is for you. (In-Person | CIC @ Sarah)

Connecting International Trade between St. Louis and Africa | St. Louis African Chamber of Commerce
Delve into the stories of Zellipa Githui, Gitzell FairTrade, and Terry Tatum, Utenzi Global, as they elucidate the nuances of building bridges between St. Louis businesses and African markets, shedding light on the profound communal benefits. (In-Person | African Chamber of Commerce)

March 15

Eat. Sleep. Grind with Maëlle Gavet – Beyond the Crystal Ball: Decoding 2024’s Market Trends for Entrepreneurs | Techstars
Maëlle Gavet provides a forum for entrepreneurs to probe the depths of industry secrets, discussing the contours of venture capital and startup success in a raw, candid setting for learning and exchange. (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)

If St Louis Had A Beach | Solid City Entertainment
Invoke the breezy essence of the shore at Heydays HQ with The Gold Giraffe and Friends, as melodies mingle with the imagined ocean air for a festive, beach-inspired night of fun and music in St. Louis. (In-Person | HeyDays HQ)

March 16

Launch and Grow Microbusiness Summit: Food Edition | Neighborhood Innovation Center and Urban Eats
Food entrepreneurs are invited to discover the steps to success in the industry, with hands-on workshops at the Neighborhood Innovation Center. Learn the lean startup approach for the food world and master the licensing labyrinth. (In-Person | Neighborhood Innovation Center)

March 17

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)

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How are you stepping into the coming week? Share your thoughts in the comments! Our focus is on fostering a strong St. Louis Startup, Tech, and Marketing Ecosystem.

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