St. Louis Events // Week of May 20, 2024 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

Exciting times are ahead for the entrepreneurial, tech-savvy, and marketing community in St. Louis! During the week of May 20-26, our Founder, Erik Lutenegger, invites you to explore many opportunities, from networking and business support to skill-building and entertainment. Dive into this comprehensive guide and make the most of your week.

Funding, ESO, and Accelerator Opportunities

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)

Due June 1 // Fire Awards 2024 | St. Louis Business Journal
The Fire Awards are St. Louis Inno’s premier recognition program, honoring the companies and organizations setting the local innovation economy ablaze. (Community Award)

Due June 9 // Champions for Diversity & Inclusion Awards 2024 | St. Louis Business Journal
The Champions for Diversity & Inclusion program will honor individuals who have shown exceptional commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion and equity in the workplace and in the St. Louis community. (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

Tech, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship Events

May 20

How to improve your e-commerce website SEO | Enterprise Nation
Enhance your e-commerce website’s SEO with insights from Olga Jusupova. This session covers effective optimization strategies, attracting the right audience, and increasing online credibility, tailored for business owners struggling with low traffic and conversions. (Virtual)

ChatGPT Basics for Busy Creatives | CreativeMornings
Designed for busy creative professionals, this FieldTrip offers a practical introduction to ChatGPT and other GenAI tools. Learn the basics of how generative AI works, get hands-on experience with writing prompts, and discover tips and tricks for integrating these tools into your workflow effectively. (Virtual)

Building a Fundable Start-up Brand | Founder Institute
Gain insights into crafting a brand that appeals to investors. The workshop will focus on investor attraction strategies, avoiding early-stage pitfalls, and preparing effectively before developing an MVP. Network with other startup founders to exchange valuable experiences. (Virtual)

STL Startup World Cup: AI / ML Semi-Final Competition | TechSTL
Attend a thrilling semi-final event where ten AI and ML startups deliver rapid-fire pitches to a panel of venture capitalists. The winning startup earns a place in the global Startup World Cup Grand Finale, aiming for a $1,000,000 prize and broader recognition. (In-Person | The Post Building)

May 21

The Artificially Intelligent Enterprise | TechStrong
Join a global gathering of over 10,000 executives and technologists to learn how AI can drive innovation, enhance decision-making, and cut costs through automation. The event features four tracks focused on different aspects of AI application in business and technology. (Virtual)

Digital Marketing For Nonprofits: Strategies For Reaching The Right Audience | Nonprofit Marketers Network – STL
In this session, PreventEd and 2060 Digital will unveil the power of digital marketing for nonprofits. Learn how to deliver thought-provoking messages to targeted audiences using techniques like location-based ads, influencer marketing, and tailored campaigns. Gain valuable insights into reaching the masses and pinpointing the consumers who need to hear your message most. (In-Person | FamilyFoward’s Developmental Trauma Center)

Intro to the Theory of Systems Change | CIC St. Louis
Join Rachel Sinha for a deep dive into the Theory of Practice of Systems Change. The session offers real-world examples and introduces the Powershift strategy framework, enabling attendees to evaluate and improve the systemic effectiveness of their work. (In-Person | The Showroom at CIC St. Louis – 20 S Sarah)

What Happens When Consumers Stop Clicking? | EMARKETER
Attend this webinar to understand current digital advertising challenges and opportunities. Presenters will reveal why fewer consumers click on ads, how WHOOP achieved high CTR, and methods to enhance brand engagement without relying on clicks, including addressing click fraud issues. (Virtual)

Techstars Application Deadline: Last Chance AMA | Techstars
Participate in a last-chance AMA with Techstars leaders, offering guidance on the application process, tips for making your submission shine, and answers to all your questions. Ideal for aspiring innovators and startup founders preparing for the Techstars program. (Virtual)

Funding & Financial Coaching | The Center of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Achieve financial success with our tailored coaching appointments featuring Dionne Motley. Get guidance on debt management, saving strategies, investment planning, retirement planning, and other financial topics. (In-Person & Virtual)

A Toast to Dr. Hagen’s Life | T-REX
The St. Louis ecosystem has been left with an unbelievable hole by the passing of Dr. Patty Hagen. Join those who knew her on the 5th floor for a toast to her life. (In-Person | T-REX)

May 22

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

Economic Insights: Cautious optimism at mid-year | St. Louis Business Journal
Equip yourself with cautious optimism and expert perspectives on the economic outlook for the rest of 2024 and beyond. Our mid-year economic forecast event features a panel of leaders diving into national and global economic trends, inflation, elections, re-industrialization, supply chain challenges, and technological advancements. (In-Person | Donald Danforth Plant Science Center)

Coffee Talks at 21c: The Response; What’s Next | 21c Hotel
Participate in an insightful coffee talk at 21c Museum Hotel, focusing on the issues impacting teenagers in St. Louis. Join local stakeholders for a meaningful conversation aimed at identifying and addressing the needs of the youth in the region. (In-Person | 21c Hotel)

Market Research: Beyond the Basics | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Enhance your market research skills with Carolyn Kopf in this advanced workshop. Learn to transform data into strategic insights, communicate findings effectively to stakeholders, and anticipate future consumer needs for better long-term planning. Ideal for entrepreneurs looking to elevate their decision-making. (Virtual)

Ranch-Style SEO: Why SEO is Becoming All About Content Strategy | Moz
Dive into the evolving world of ‘Ranch-Style SEO,’ where content strategy takes center stage. Bernard Huang, co-founder of Clearscope, will explore the seismic implications of Google’s AI reactions, the death of exact match keywords, the rise of higher variance results, and the critical role of user engagement signals. (Virtual)

Planning for a Profitable Business | WE NYC
Discover effective financial strategies with Tuesday P. Brooks in this workshop focused on managing business finances for profitability. Learn about financial management, cash flow, and capital planning, designed to empower women entrepreneurs to make informed financial decisions and drive business success. (Virtual)

May 23

AMA St. Louis Small Business Marketing Workshop | AMA Saint Louis
Learn from industry experts at the AMA St. Louis workshop focused on small business marketing. Topics include foundational strategies, video marketing, and effective social media use. Connect with other small business owners over refreshments and gain practical insights. (In-Person | Jefferson College)

In-Person Marketing Double Feature | SCORE – St. Louis Bi-State Region
Join this marketing double feature with two excellent sessions back to back: Content Marketing and AI Marketing Techniques Using ChatGPT. (In-Person | Cafe Biz 618)

Guiding Principles for Marketing Leadership in 2024 and Beyond | DemandBase
Uncover essential principles for leading marketing teams in this informative webinar. Key topics include boosting marketing influence through strategic leadership, precision targeting with ABM, and leveraging AI for a competitive edge. Learn practical strategies from industry experts and the latest research. (Virtual)

Achieve Brand Clarity to Become a Person of Influence | Freelancers Hub
Define your brand’s unique identity with guidance from Cloé Luv. This session covers creating high-value content efficiently and selecting the right market niche. Perfect for aspiring influencers and thought leaders aiming to enhance their personal brand and business presence. (Virtual)

Shaping the Future of Marketing with Video and AI | MarketingProfs
Traditional marketing methods are no longer effective in capturing B2B audiences. Attend this insightful event to learn how industry leaders are shaping the future of B2B marketing by combining the engaging power of video with the transformative capabilities of AI to streamline workflows, captivate target audiences, and achieve remarkable results. (Virtual)

May Networking Mixer | African Chamber of Commerce, St. Louis
Meet and mingle with fellow business professionals at the May Networking Mixer. Hosted by the African Chamber of Commerce, this event includes a presentation by the EEOC on employment discrimination laws, along with refreshments and ample networking time. (Virtual)

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
Attend an exclusive fireside chat with a leading startup founder from St. Louis. The evening features a Q&A session, networking opportunities, and complimentary refreshments. Connect with local entrepreneurs and learn about successful business strategies. (In-Person | T-REX)

May 24

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)

Africa Day Celebration and Conference | African Diaspora Council
Experience Africa’s cultural diversity and unity at this event. Enjoy live performances, engage in meaningful discussions on Africa’s future, and participate in a unity dinner celebrating the continent’s heritage and vision. Organized by the African Diaspora Council, this event promises rich cultural experiences and community connections. (In-Person)

May 26

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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We’d love to hear what’s piquing your interest this week! Your thoughts and ideas are instrumental in shaping the future of the St. Louis startup, tech, and marketing ecosystem. And for any upcoming events or important dates, don’t hesitate to contact us at

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