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

As a St. Louis-based entrepreneur, techie, or marketer, the upcoming week of May 13-19 promises to be a treasure trove of opportunities. Our Founder, Erik Lutenegger, has meticulously compiled a rundown of the best events and resources tailored to your needs, whether you’re looking to connect, learn, or have a great time.

Funding, ESO, and Accelerator Opportunities

Open Now // SQ1 Ignite | Cortex Innovation Community
This four-week program was created to help founders quickly start their business model validation process. Emphasizing the business model canvas, this process introduces entrepreneurs to the local support ecosystem, challenges them to form and test assumptions about their business idea, connects them with mentors, and helps them identify the crucial next steps in launching their business.

Due May 7 // Founders Lounge Startup Grant
This $1000 grant is an opportunity to help you get your venture started or extend your runway with cash in your pocket. Whether it’s for product development, marketing efforts, or simply refining your pitch – this grant could be the game-changer you’ve been waiting for. (Grant)

Due May 8 // 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 May 12 // Schnucks Springboard
In partnership with the Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council, this program offers a 10-week business accelerator starting in August 2024. It targets diverse-owned businesses, providing $5,000 in funding, business development classes, in-store product trials, and networking opportunities. (Accelerator)

Due May 22 // Techstars Accelerator
Applications are due for ABN AMRO + Future of Finance, Build in Tulsa, Alabama EnergyTech, Anywhere Remote, Boston, Columbus Powered by OSU, Deep Tech Berlin, Economic Mobility Powered by Samvid Ventures, Future of Food Powered by EcolabLondon, New York City, Physical Health Fort Worth, San Diego powered by SDSU, San Francisco, Space, Sustainability Paris, Tech Central Sydney powered by the NSW Government, Tel Aviv, WaterTech & Sustainability, , Powered by J.P. Morgan: Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, and Washington DC. (Accelerator)

Due May 31 // Venture-Ready Missouri | Cortex Innovation District & Capital Innovators
The Venture Ready Missouri program, supported by the Missouri Technology Corporation, provides a two-part course designed to help Missouri-based startups attract venture funding. It features virtual classes focused on funding strategies and pitch development, all offered at no cost to participants. (Venture Programming)

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.


Tech, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship Events

May 13

May 13-15 // MDMC24: Midwest Digital Marketing Conference
Industry experts gather to lead sessions on cutting-edge digital, social media, and email marketing strategies, supplemented by in-depth workshops and keynote presentations, making it a must-attend for professionals eager to enhance their marketing skills. (In-Person | Touhill Performing Arts Center)

Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights | SCORE – St. Louis Bi-State
Protect your valuable business ideas to earn the rewards you deserve.
Here, you learn what a patent is and what it covers, what is patent-able and what protection it offers, and what are the benefits of a patent. (Virtual)

Designing the Post-Office spaces | CreativeMornings
Reimagine the future of communal workspaces and third places in this highly interactive virtual session, where you’ll co-design dream coffee shops and shared spaces that address loneliness and reinvigorate the way we work. (In-Person)

May 14

May 14-16 // Virtua11y web accessibility conference 2024 | Nomensa
Virtua11y offers an in-depth look at advancing web accessibility, featuring talks from industry leaders like Derek Featherstone and Natalie Patrice Tucker on the evolving practices in digital inclusion. (Virtual)

Pitch Practice: Mock Investor Interview Session | Techstars
Enhance your pitch and elevate your startup’s appeal with this interactive pitch deck review session. Volunteers will have the opportunity to present their decks and receive direct feedback from Techstars Atlanta’s Melissa Pegus and Shirine Marzouki on refining their pitches to captivate investors.(Virtual)

AAPI St. Louis: Past, Present, and Future | Missouri History Museum
Explore the rich heritage and ongoing narrative of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in St. Louis with an enlightening presentation that delves into their historical and future contributions to the city. (In-Person | Missouri History Museum)

How to Make the Leap from Employee to Entrepreneur: Startup Founder Forum | Founder Institute
Experts discuss key strategies and common pitfalls for those transitioning from employee to entrepreneur in the Caribbean, focusing on practical advice and shared experiences to smooth the journey. (Virtual)

Crossing the Finish Line to Open Your Business | NYC Department of Small Business Services
Get expert guidance on navigating government requirements and securing the necessary resources for starting a business, aimed at both new and seasoned entrepreneurs, in this focused session. (Virtual)

Vetworking STL May 2024
Join Vetworking 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 | Duo Dogs)

STL BizConnect: Linking Entrepreneurs to Resources | St. Louis County Library
Connect and engage with organizations in the St. Louis area entrepreneurial ecosystem to learn about free or low-cost support and funding opportunities for entrepreneurs and business owners. (In-Person | Thornhill Branch)

Planning the Retirement You’ll Want to Live In | Enterprise University
Whether retirement is years away or just around the corner, this session will equip you with strategies to optimize your savings and plan for the retirement you envision. Explore ways to evaluate risks, ensure your assets outlast you, and allocate them effectively. (Virtual)

Surviving and Thriving in the New Google | Search Engine Land
Uncover the secrets to maintaining steadfast rankings and capitalizing on Google’s March 2024 algorithm updates in this invaluable webinar. Explore the implications for content creation, link building, and SEO practices through real-life case studies and manual link building techniques that drive sustained success in the dynamic digital landscape. (Virtual)

Tech on Tap: 2nd Tuesday @ Urban Chestnut | TechSTL
Gather with St. Louis’s brightest tech minds for an evening of networking and insightful discussions, accompanied by local brews and a live interview with a tech leader. (In-Person | Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall)

May 15

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. Presenters: Women’s Wellness Weekend (In-Person | CIC @ Sarah)

From Pitch to Close | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
This session, led by seasoned entrepreneur Chris Folayan, offers key insights into maximizing business valuation and navigating the complexities of investor engagement, tailored for aspiring entrepreneurs. (Virtual)

The $100K Website Free Marketing Masterclass | Network After Work
Unlock the potential of your website with this free masterclass, exploring the essential elements of successful $100K websites and strategies to transform site visitors into buyers. (Virtual)

Virtual Conference: Build Your Brand | American Marketing Association
Immerse yourself in the world of brand building and discover innovative strategies to nurture customer loyalty, drive referrals, and amplify visibility through social media. Gain insights into developing unified marketing approaches across channels and leveraging social media’s power to foster engagement. Don’t miss this opportunity to stay ahead in the ever-evolving digital era. (Virtual)

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)

May 16

May 16-17 // STL DataFest 2024 | Transdisciplinary Institute in Applied Data Sciences
Unleash the power of data to create a better world at STL DataFest 2024. This unique event bridges diverse sectors, fostering collaboration among professionals who believe in the transformative potential of data-driven solutions. Explore real-world challenges, exchange knowledge, and be inspired by the amazing possibilities of data. (In-Person)

2024 Business After Hours | Chamber of Commerce of Metro St. Louis
Network and mingle with the Hispanic Chamber membership at the 2024 Business After Hours event held at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. These monthly gatherings provide a relaxed atmosphere for members and non-members alike to connect with the vibrant Hispanic and Latino community in St. Louis. (In-Person | St. Louis Lamber International Airport)

Best Places to Work & HR Awards | St. Louis Business Journal
Don’t miss this opportunity to recognize and celebrate the exemplary workplaces and HR professionals in St. Louis. The Best Places to Work & HR Awards event will honor finalists and winners across various categories, celebrating companies that foster outstanding work environments, community impact, advancement of women, and support for young professionals. (In-Person | Marriott St. Louis Grand)

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)

May 17

WE Master Money: Small Business Owners, Stay Ready for Tax Season! | WENYC
Equip yourself with knowledge on navigating tax season confidently through this focused session, covering tax responsibilities, crucial forms, and strategic planning to avoid large tax bills. (Virtual)

Bourbon Friday @ TechArtista University City
It’s Friday, and it’s not Friday without Bourbon Friday. And you can join us at Techartista UCity 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)

City Social | Greater St. Louis, Inc.
Washington Avenue comes alive with St. Louis’ Ultimate Block Party, a free celebration showcasing the best of the city’s downtown dining and entertainment scene. Prepare for an electrifying event featuring pulsating DJ sets, live music performances by renowned acts like Dirty Muggs and Sons of Val, and a mesmerizing show by Joanna Serenko. (In-Person | 14th & Washington Ave.)

May 17-18 // Taste of Maplewood Street Festival
Immerse yourself in the local flavor and festivities of Maplewood at this annual street festival, featuring top restaurants, live music, and a community vibe that highlights the area’s unique character. (In-Person)

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Let us know in the comments what excites you most about the week ahead! We always seek ways to improve the St. Louis startup, tech, and marketing community, so your insights are greatly appreciated.

Don’t hesitate to email us at events@bourbonfriday.show if you have an event or deadline you’d like us to know about.

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