St. Louis Events // Week of May 22, 2023

Entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, and marketers in the St. Louis area have numerous opportunities to grow and connect within the local ecosystem during the week of May 22-26, 2023. Our Founder, Erik Lutenegger, has compiled a list of events and opportunities for this week. These events cater to a wide range of interests, including networking, business assistance, skill-building, and simply enjoying oneself.

Accelerators, Pitches & Opportunities

Are you looking for Accelerators, Incubators, or Funding? Here’s an excellent place to start!

Open Now // 2023 Tech Hub Survey | TechSTL
Take 5-10 minutes to Help Build a Healthier Innovation Ecosystem for all people in the St. Louis Metro.(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. (Incubator)

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. (Accelerator)

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

Due June 9 // Million Dollar Pitch | Hubspot for Startups
Are you ready to showcase your unicorn potential? Join this new competition, where six exceptional startup leaders will be flown out to INBOUND ’23 to present their startups to a panel of top-tier judges. Not only will startups receive invaluable feedback, but they will also be considered for an investment of up to one million dollars! (Pitch)

Apply Now // 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 (Free Help)

Startup, Tech & Marketing Events

Events on May 22

May 21-24 // GEOInt Symposium | USGIF
This is the largest annual gathering of geospatial intelligence professionals in the nation. With an average attendance of more than 4,000, the event is a unique and unparalleled gathering of the GEOINT community, with attendees spanning government, military, industry, and academia. This year’s Symposium theme is GEOINT: From Maps to Metaverse. (In-Person)

May 22-26 // TechSTL Takeover | Techartista U-City
TechSTL is hosting a series of events for its members where they 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 Takeover Mixer on Friday; more on that in a bit. This is a members-only event. But there’s still time signup. (In-Person)

Hiring the First Marketer for Your Startup with Emily Kramer | Founder Institute
In this webinar, marketer Emily Kramer offers insight into selecting and effectively collaborating with your startup’s first Head of Marketing, drawing from her extensive experience establishing successful marketing teams. (Virtual)

Events on May 23

May 23-24 // Microsoft Build
This is Microsoft’s annual conference for developers and software engineers. Be there to explore how Microsoft and OpenAI’s full-stack AI platform empowers developers and get ready to make AI work for you. (Virtual)

May 23-24 // The State of TV Advertising | AdAge
You’ll hear ad sales leaders and top agency, brand, and measurement executives discuss changes in the TV industry and how buyers and sellers will adapt in 2023. This is a must-attend event for brand marketers, media buyers, and tech companies looking to understand how changes in the TV industry will impact their advertising strategies. (Virtual)

Creating Your Brand Experience | Missouri SBDC
At this event, Missouri SBDC will explore how to create and implement a brand your customers will actually talk about. (Virtual)

Google Digital Marketing Live
An online global marketing event unveiling Google Ads’ latest innovations. You’ll learn how AI-powered ads can enhance growth and profitability. And be able to expand expertise, join live Q&As, and uncover new business opportunities. (Virtual)

The Growing Ethical Considerations of Generative AI | Cyara
This free online panel discussion hosted by Project Voice Media Group explores the ethical implications of generative AI, featuring industry experts. (Virtual)

From Twitter to TikTok: How Data Can Help You Find Your Brand’s Perfect Influencer Match | American Marketing Association
Discovering the ideal influencer match for your brand involves leveraging social insights and analysis across platforms like TikTok and Twitter. Here you’ll learn to identify opportunities, manage risks, and measure ROI through examples and generative AI tools. (Virtual)

Build Your Dream Business: Planning | St. Louis County Library
Here you’ll walk through the segments of a business plan and get examples of plans using library resources. And learn how to find information for your business plan’s industry analysis, marketing, and funding sections. (Virtual)

Events on May 24

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

Lunch & Learn: The Improv Shop | CIC St. Louis
Here you’ll discover the power of improv in building solid teams. And learn techniques to enhance collaboration, engagement, and innovation in dispersed environments. (In-Person)

Agency Insights Report 2023 | Vendasta
At this early access event, you’ll get an exclusive first look at research findings from 1000+ agencies. And get actionable insights on the latest industry trends, including AI adoption, profitability, client churn, and sales teams. (Virtual)

Beyond Incremental Change: Pushing for Real Action for DEI in VC | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
This event explores the stagnant progress of DEI in venture capital. GPs and LPs, including Monique Woodard, Roy Bahat, and Julia Jaskólska, discuss responsibility, necessary changes, and the role of ESG. (Virtual)

Get In Control Of Your Sales Process with SBDC | Heartland Black Chamber
At this event, they’ll review GrowthWheel’s “Sales Chain” Framework, showing the 4 phases and 12 tasks that companies can work on to increase sales success. (In-Person)

Events on May 25

May 25-26 // Support & Social | HeyDays
This two-day event features legal, accounting, marketing, and mentoring. You’ll learn about business structure, marketing best practices, SEO tools, and more. And make sure to attend the Mentor Meet-up and the 7th Anniversary of AfroSexyCool with DJ Biko. (In-Person)

Solutions to Ignite Your E-Commerce Digital Presence & Profit | MarketingProfs
Here you’ll learn digital strategies you can use to reach and convert new shoppers, short- and long-term marketing goals and data points you should be focused on, and tactics for successfully tackling the loss of third-party cookies. (Virtual)

Machine Learning & The Human Touch: Putting ChatGPT and Generative AI to Work in Your Business | PR Week
Here you’ll discover the potential and risks of AI with ChatGPT and generative AI in business. While expert panelists provide practical tips for organizational adoption, address fears of job replacement, and share experiences of success and pitfalls. (Virtual)

Understanding Evolving CPG Buying Habits | Insider Intelligence
At this event, you’ll find out How online discovery fits into the customer journey, Where people are most likely to purchase online, and Consumers’ preferences for retail media, in-store display, streaming video, and other advertising types. (Virtual)

STL Mappy Hour
You can get together to talk about data, maps, and software. This event is intended for cross-industry GIS colleagues and is not specific to any particular organization. (In-Person)

Open House Party | TechArtista CWE
TechArtista is hosting a big open house happy hour (aka a fun party) at the Central West End location. They’ll have a free beer by 4Hands, tacos from Seoul Taco, and a DJ set from BaqBeat. They’ll tour the co-working space throughout the evening and show off the current art exhibition. (In-Person)

Venture Cafe St. Louis | Corporate & Community Partnerships
The theme for that evening is Corporate & Community Partnerships. Highlights include Community Connections, Starting from Square One: Generating Buzz with the Media, and a Non-profit Meet & Gree with R3 Development NFP. (In-Person)

Events on May 26

Marketing Essentials for Small Business 101 | Toronto Small Business Enterprise Centre
Learn essential marketing strategies for small businesses from industry expert Vicki Waschkowski. And discover how to establish your brand, reach your target audience, leverage digital platforms, and optimize your website. While growing your customer base and boosting sales with effective marketing and advertising techniques. (Virtual)

Power Your Business Using Email Marketing | SCORE
At this webinar, learn how to effectively power your business through email marketing. Topics covered include email campaign purposes, critical elements, campaign structure, and essential metrics to track. (Virtual)

Bourbon Friday at TechArtista Downtown
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)

Code Til Dawn
At this inclusive meet-up, individuals passionate about Engineering, Data, Design, and Product can collaborate to work on projects, get mentorship, and network with like-minded individuals, regardless of experience level. (In-Person)

Events on May 27

May 27-29 // St. Louis African Arts Festival
This vibrant celebration of Africa and the African Diaspora brings together thousands of residents and visitors in Forest Park. And is supported by local cultural institutions and showcases diverse contributions through art, history, and more. (In-Person)

Events on May 28

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 meetup for anyone to work/hack on their project. (In-Person)

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