St. Louis Events // Week of October 9, 2023 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

Anyone interested in exploring the latest trends in marketing, AI, and pitching will find a wide array of events to choose from. Take advantage of the opportunity to deepen your knowledge, forge connections with other professionals, and elevate your personal or business journey. Here’s a roundup from our Founder, Erik Lutenegger, featuring events and opportunities in St. Louis during the week of October 9-13, 2023!

Accelerator, Funding & ESO Opportunities

Looking for funding, business acceleration, or entrepreneur support opportunities.

Due October 16 | Food City Grants
This initiative has rolled $150,000 in grants for St. Louis Metro Area packaged food brands and social impact projects that work to solve food insecurity and environmental injustice. These grants have some demographic requirements, so be sure to check all that out. (Grant)

Due October 31 | North St. Louis Small Business and Non-Profit Grant Program
The City of St. Louis has allocated $37 million for a grant program to assist small businesses and non-profits in North St. Louis. Aimed at reversing decades of disinvestment, the program targets entities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, within specified geographic areas for economic development and empowerment. (Funding)

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)

Tech, Startup & Marketing Events

Events on October 9

How to Start a Fashion Brand | Enterprise Nation
Natalie Binns shares five insights on starting a fashion brand, focusing on crafting marketable products, ethical supply chains, and a comprehensive process overview. Discover sustainable, successful strategies. (Virtual)

Level Up: Validating your idea | LSE Generate
Explore building a successful business with experts, learn to test assumptions, find customers, develop your MVP, and navigate finance while you dive into avoiding startup pitfalls and utilizing Lean Business Model tools. (Virtual)

Events on October 10

October 10-12 // Adobe MAX
This is the world’s leading creative conference. So whether you’re a designer, illustrator, photographer, social media content creator, video pro, or want to know more about 3D and generative AI tools. You can learn new skills, be inspired, and connect with other creatives during three days of sessions and labs, keynotes, sneak peeks, and more. (Virtual)

DevOps Experience 2023 | TechStrong
Discover how to encourage cross-functional collaboration and how platform engineering and SRE improve the developer experience by lessening workload and enabling teams to focus on what they do best. (Virtual)

Exploring the Legal Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Your Business | Enterprise University
Here, you’ll learn how AI can affect your employees, customers, and competitors, the legal parameters and pitfalls of AI and how to defend against it, and determine how to incorporate the benefits and threats of AI into your culture and code of conduct. (Virtual)

SLU eMentors Networking | Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship
Connect with local entrepreneurs and SLU students at this event for a night of networking, table topics, and entrepreneurship. Drinks and appetizers will be provided. (In-Person)

Vetworking STL
Join them 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)

Events on October 11

1 Million Cups St. Louis – Presenters: Crash Space
This event is for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the innovation community here in St. Louis. (In-Person)

Building Customer-Centric Growth Strategies | AMA
Learn how 80/20 methodologies and customer studies shape growth strategies. Gain insights from real examples and action customer feedback for successful outcomes. (Virtual)

How to Grow Your Personal Brand on LinkedIn as a Startup Founder | Founder Institute
Learn how to amplify your personal brand on LinkedIn with expert strategies, practical tips, and real-life examples from B2B marketing specialist Timothy Davidson. Elevate your online presence seamlessly. (Virtual)

StEP Starting a Business Information Session | Skandalaris Center
Learn about StEP’s unique opportunity for Washington University students to own on-campus businesses, understand program myths, identify suitable business types, and gain tools for starting a StEP enterprise. (In-Person)

Geosaurus Unleashed: Disaster Preparedness and Response | T-REX
This event spotlights a speaker or a panel to discuss how they’re using geospatial technology in their field of expertise to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems. This month will focus on Disaster Preparedness and Response with a panel of valued professionals from the MSD, MoDOT, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. (In-Person)

BookStorming: Time to Think | Filament
Dive into BookStorming’s monthly theme, “Time to Think.” and discuss chosen books in small groups, then swap insights with readers of different titles, culminating in personal takeaways and actionable commitments. (In-Person)

High Tech Happy Hour – AI | TechSTL
Meet and network with St. Louis’s top tech professionals, dive into the AI/ML Sector, and have a chance to discuss all things ChatGPT Artificial Intelligence while enjoying cold beers and appetizers. (In-Person)

Flow & Grow: A Marketing & Movement Experience | HeyDays HQ
Immerse yourself in an innovative blend of marketing wisdom and wellness routines with Grow With Google and Heydays. Learn new marketing tools while engaging in yoga, dance, sound bowls, meditation, reiki, and aerobics. This week features Aerobics & Dance with Belle Ife and Website Tools with Grow With Google. (In-Person)

Events on October 12

Venture Café St. Louis | Catalyzing Health Innovation
Highlights include Transformative Giving: A Workshop on Collaborative Philanthropy, The Future of Corporate Engagement, Navigating Foundations: A Panel Discussion, Shifting Landscape of Fundraising, and Path to Justice Philanthropy: Shifting to More Equitable Philanthropy Practices. (In-Person)

Founders Lounge | MultiPass Venture Community
Entrepreneurs can enjoy an evening fostering relationships, exchanging stories, and gathering insights. It promotes networking and provides opportunities for potential collaborations. (In-Person)

Events on October 13

Market Update: Selling to Enterprise | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Learn about adjusting business strategies in a shifting market from Whitney Sales, an expert in B2B SaaS. Gain insights on enterprise decision-making, budgeting, and aligning marketing to market rhythms. (Virtual)

Attracting Business with a Simple AI Lead Magnet | Square One
Discover how to harness AI’s power for business growth with Nick Niehaus of Business Video School and dive into creating unique AI tools, boosting lead generation, and designing solutions that qualify prospective customers for your offerings. This takes place at Cortex at 20 South Sarah, and you know what else does… (In-Person)

Bourbon Friday at Cortex at 20 S. Sarah
It’s Friday, and it’s not Friday without Bourbon Friday. And you can join us at Cortex at 20 S. Sarah 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)

Manifest Your Brand – Master Vision Workshop
Dive deep into branding mechanics, align your identity with visionary goals, and learn from seasoned speakers. Engage in guided discussions, build your SEO strategy, and create a unique brand roadmap. Extras include mood boards, headshots, and curated treats. (In-Person)

Events on October 14

October 14-15 // St. Louis Street Food Festival
This spectacular weekend event will feature the St. Louis area’s best food trucks and restaurants, with ALL food items priced at $5 or less! This will allow guests to sample various flavors and options from over 20+ vendors! (In-Person)

Events on October 15

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)

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