St. Louis Events // Week of May 27, 2024 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

St. Louis Events: May 27 - June 2

Suppose you’re an entrepreneur, techie, or marketer in the St. Louis region. In that case, the upcoming week of May 27 – June 2 is your chance to immerse yourself in a thriving ecosystem of opportunities. Our Founder, Erik Lutenegger, has handpicked various events and resources to help you connect, grow, and thrive.

Funding, ESO, and Accelerator Opportunities

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 27

May 27-June 3 // TechSTL Takeover at T-REX | TechSTL
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 spooky Halloween Networking Breakfast on Tuesday and a Pizza Lunch on Friday. This is a members-only event. But there’s still time to sign up.  (In-Person | T-REX)

Unlocking Opportunities in Corporate Sponsorships, Grants, & Retail | STL Business Bestie
This event focuses on leveraging corporate sponsorships, grants, and retail partnerships for business growth. Highlights include a networking reception, a business pitch session, and an industry expert keynote, offering attendees actionable strategies and inspiring case studies for successful collaborations. (In-Person | 24:1 Cinema)

May 28

AI Investment Unveiled: AMA with The Top Investors | Founder Institute
Engage with leading investors in a live AMA session, exploring the dynamics of AI investment. Participants will gain insights into current trends, investor expectations, and strategies to position startups for success in the evolving AI landscape. (Virtual)

AI for Customer Discovery: Unlock Key Market Opportunities | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Join Dr. Nadia Boutaoui to explore the transformative power of AI in market research. The discussion will highlight AI strategies for uncovering customer needs, optimizing product development, and enhancing business growth through data-driven insights. (Virtual)

May Virtual Meet and Greet | Techstars
This virtual meet and greet hosted by Techstars offers insights into their mentorship-driven accelerators. Attendees will receive updates on application processes, tips for successful submissions, and personalized feedback to determine if Techstars is the right fit for their startup journey. (Virtual)

May 29

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

Five automated emails you should be sending | Enterprise Nation
Explore essential email sequences with Minal Patel in this Lunch and Learn. Attendees will discover five key automated emails that can enhance business marketing efforts, improve customer engagement, and boost sales, leveraging Minal’s extensive marketing experience. (Virtual)

Enhancing Your Brand: Avoid These Top 5 Design Mistakes | NerdyDiva
Entrepreneurs and designers, don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your brand’s presence. In “Enhancing Your Brand: Avoid These Top 5 Design Mistakes,” you’ll gain valuable insights into common design mistakes and practical strategies to overcome them, enabling you to create more impactful and memorable brand experiences. (Virtual)

Economic & Community Growth with CDFI Partnerships | EcoMap
Strengthen your local economy through strategic partnerships with Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). This insightful webinar delves into how CDFIs unlock community potential by fostering ecosystems for small businesses and affordable housing, collaborate with partners to empower community organizations, and utilize tech-driven solutions for real-time data gathering and strategic resource allocation. (Virtual)

Mastering Client Attraction in The Age of AI | Network After Work
Gain insights into AI-driven client attraction with Cory and Ira. Attendees will explore AI marketing automation, tactics for quick prospect conversion, methods to boost networking effectiveness, and strategies to streamline sales processes and enhance remote selling success. (Virtual)

Alternative Sources of Funding | WE NYC
Discover alternative funding sources in this WE NYC workshop, led by Tuesday P. Brooks, MBA. The session covers an overview of funding options, the 5 C’s of credit, and strategies for perfecting business presentations, aimed at helping women entrepreneurs secure capital. (Virtual)

STL Black Tech Gathering at Heydays HQ | TechSTL
Celebrate Black and Brown innovation at Heydays HQ, featuring networking, drinks, appetizers, and conversations with leaders in the Black Tech community. This quarterly event by TechSTL offers a vibrant atmosphere to connect and share insights. (In-Person | Heydays HQ)

May 30

Project Management Driving Digital Transformation | TechStrong
Enhance your project management skills to support digital transformation efforts. The event features expert sessions on optimizing project methodologies, aligning stakeholders, and utilizing PRINCE2 practices. Learn strategies to drive innovation, manage risks, and achieve successful digital outcomes. (Virtual)

Goal Planning with Groove: Get The Damn Thing Done! | CreativeMornings
Creative doers, embark on a journey to achieve your dreams with Groove’s Goal Planning FieldTrip. Bring a personal or professional goal for the month and engage in a supportive community experience. Through reflection, breakout sessions, and action planning, you’ll leave with renewed clarity, actionable steps, and a newfound sense of possibility. (Virtual)

Digital Accessibility as Strategy: A Practical Guide to Building Inclusive Brands | MarTech
Learn how to build inclusive brands through digital accessibility with Miryem Samih and Mary Blabaum. This webinar covers strategies for prioritizing inclusivity, creating tailored content across platforms, and ensuring compliance with the ADA to enhance user experiences. (Virtual)

If You Brand It They Will Come! | Freelancers Hub
Uncover the secrets of effective branding in this workshop designed for entrepreneurs and marketing professionals. Participants will explore building brand credibility, defining brand promises, and evaluating brand authority through expert-led sessions aimed at transforming their brands into market leaders. (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)

May 31

Community Bazaar with Fufu N’ Sauce and Betsy Cohen | International Institute of St. Louis
Immerse yourself in a multicultural experience, discover immigrant-owned businesses, indulge in delectable cuisines such as Fufu N’ Sauce, and delight in live performances. This free public event promises a rich exploration of diverse cultures and entrepreneurship, featuring special guest Betsy Cohen, a renowned immigrant advocate and author. (In-Person | International Institute of St. Louis)

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)

June 01

STLMade Neighborhood Crawl—Business In Bloom
Experience the diversity of St. Louis neighborhoods in a unique crawl event. Attendees will visit various small businesses, each adorned with floral themes. The event promotes community engagement, with opportunities to enjoy local culture and support small enterprises. (In-Person)

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