St. Louis Events // Week of May 15, 2023

The St. Louis region has opportunities for entrepreneurs, tech experts, and marketers to connect, learn, and have fun. Our ecosystem offers networking events, business assistance, skill development, and enjoyable experiences. Don’t miss this overview of events and opportunities shared by our Founder, Erik Lutenegger, happening in St. Louis during the week of May 15-19, 2023!

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Apply Now // Free WordPress Speed Optimizations from SwingSpan
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)

Due May 17 // MTC IDEA Fund Co-Investment Programs
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.

Due May 21 // Most Influential Business Women Awards 2023 | St. Louis Business Journal
Nominations are due for the Most Influential Business Women Awards from the St. Louis Business Journal. These awards spotlight the women making the biggest impact at their companies and our community.

Due May 22 // NASA’s Climate Tech Startup Studio 2023 | FedTech
With climate change growing more critical daily, NASA is looking for engaged and motivated entrepreneurs to change the future through technology commercialization. So you get matched with a NASA tech that you use to bring a product to market.

Due May 30 // Google for Startups Accelerator
This 10-week digital accelerator program is for high-potential cloud-native technology startups headquartered in North America. This Accelerator is designed to bring the best of Google’s programs, products, people, and technology to startups doing interesting work in the Cloud.

Due June 7 // Techstars Accelerator
Techstars applications are due for Alabama EnergyTech, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Economic Mobility Physical Health Fort Worth, Space, Tel Aviv, and Powered by JP Morgan: Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC.

Tech, Startup & Marketing Events

Events on May 15

May 15 – 18 // America’s Seed Fund Week | SBA
This four-day online event connects entrepreneurs in advanced technologies with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the nation’s largest early-stage funder, and other supporting organizations. (Virtual)

How to Write Award-Winning Facebook & LinkedIn Ads | Founder Institute
Award-winning copywriter Eden Bidani will lead an interactive webinar on crafting high-performing Facebook and LinkedIn ads. Attendees will learn about platform specifics, key ad elements, copy optimization, and appropriate visual pairings. (Virtual)

Events on May 16

Teach Me How (Live!): Keyword Research and Search-Optimized Content | MarketingProfs
Here you’ll learn How to choose phrases you have a chance of ranking for, what kind of content and copy will give you the best chance of ranking, and How to measure the impact of your SEO efforts. (In-Person)

Legal Compliance for Posting, Marketing, and Selling | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
At this webinar, Marie Smith, co-founder of Data 360, offers insights on legal compliance for online marketing and sales, covering data security, privacy, FTC compliance, and related laws to navigate online business without legal troubles. (Virtual)

Build Your Dream Business: Brainstorming | St. Louis County Library
This is the first session in a series that will teach you how to build your dream business through brainstorming. This hands-on brainstorming session will give you techniques to get your ideas in one place. And you’ll learn about the types of businesses in which you can thrive and find information on the viability of your chosen industry. (Virtual)

Events on May 17

1 Million Cups St. Louis | Presenter: VIZQ Technologies
This event is for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the innovation community here in St. Louis. The presenter is VIZQ Technologies. (In-Person)

Analytics Demystified | 314 Digital
This free event discusses the latest analytics strategies in digital marketing, including the transition from Universal Analytics to GA4. It features top professionals, meaningful KPI interpretation, and a breakfast buffet at dotZack in Midtown. (In-Person)

Virtual Conference: Search Engine Optimization | American Marketing Association
This conference offers insights on creating effective SEO strategies, identifying improvement opportunities for website search optimization, and implementing actionable tactics to stand out in search engine results. (Virtual)

AI and PR: Authoring the future | PR Week
This webinar will explore the role of AI in public relations, discussing potential benefits, skill requirements, critical applications, and possible challenges. The event will feature industry leaders and be guided by a recent AI adoption survey. (Virtual)

The Future Applications of GPT-4 in Ecommerce | Insider Intelligence
Here you’ll learn what GPT-4 brings to the table, including how generative AI’s: Consumer-facing capabilities can enhance the customer experience, how Data analysis can help increase repurchase rates and retention, and you’ll find out how early adopters can differentiate themselves and stay ahead of the competition. (Virtual)

Mastering Influencer Marketing in the B2B Space Breakfast | Social Media Club St. Louis
At this event, explore influencer marketing in the B2B industry with experts Marisa Lather and Mike Allton. And gain insights on identifying key opinion leaders, establishing partnerships, and measuring campaign ROI. This is ideal for B2B marketers and business owners. (In-Person)

Luncheon: Brand Foundations – 5 Key Building Blocks | AMA Saint Louis
This educational networking event features Eriko Clevenger Pope, CEO of Katalyst STL, discussing the five essential foundations of brand building. The talk aims to inspire and guide businesses for greater efficiency and impact. (In-Person)

Thinksgiving ’23 Kick-Off Party | Filament
Thinksgiving invites attendees to collaborate with St. Louis nonprofits and innovative companies for creative problem-solving, highlighting opportunities for impactful community engagement and future-oriented solutions. And you can find out more at this event. (In-Person)

Events on May 18

MM+M Convene: Media
This webcast discusses the future of personalized medical care facilitated by digital health and virtual platforms. It explores how pharma marketers can use these platforms for patient education and engagement (Virtual)

Who We Are Is How We Lead: How Your Values Can Create Courage | Enterprise University
Here you’ll learn to understand the role of courage and vulnerability in bold leadership, how values operate in our professional lives and their role in bold leadership, and to Identify your core values and the behaviors that support these values. (Virtual)

AI Authority: Create a Month of High Converting Content in an Hour | Metricool
At this free Masterclass, learn to effectively use AI on social media, balancing human creativity and AI knowledge. While discovering the best AI tools, time-saving automation processes, and adaptation techniques for content that connects with your community. (Virtual)

Show Me the Money: Commercializing Your Biomedical Technology through NIH | BioSTL
The National Institutes of Health is collaborating with BioSTL, Washington University, and Missouri SBDC for an event guiding biomedical innovators on commercializing their technology through NIH SBIR/STTR programs, offering over $1.4B in early-stage funding. (In-Person)

#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)

Venture Cafe St. Louis | COLLIDE: Health, Beauty and Wellness with TechSTL
COLLIDE hosts bold tech startups, mind-blowing university research projects, and frontline corporate innovation, all tied to the TechSTL Big 15 emerging technologies. This month’s focus is Health, Beauty, and Wellness. (In-Person)

Is Owning a Business a good fit for you? | Urban League Women’s Business Center
Are you ready to start your small business, or are you looking for additional support as an active entrepreneur? The Women’s Business Center staff will highlight their critical services, help you determine your business readiness, and learn if WBC services fit your needs! (In-Person)

Events on May 19

Bourbon Friday at TechArtista UCity
And then 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. UCity, so don’t show up downtown. (In-Person)

May 19-20 // 15th Annual Taste of Maplewood Street Festival
This Street Festival showcases the area’s renowned restaurants, boutiques, and unique stores with signature bites, libations, demonstrations, and live entertainment. (In-Person)

Events on May 20

Uncorked: STL Wine Festival
The third annual Uncorked: STL Wine Festival offers attendees a taste of over 100 global wines at the St Louis Science Center and full museum access, including interactive exhibits and science demos. (In-Person)

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