St. Louis Events // Week of September 25, 2023 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

For those seeking events focused on the newest trends in marketing, AI, and pitching, there’s an option for every taste. Seize the opportunity to broaden your understanding, connect with fellow professionals, and advance your personal or business development. Our Founder, Erik Lutenegger, presents a comprehensive list of events and opportunities in St. Louis for the week of September 25-29!

ESO, Funding & Accelerators Opportunities

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

Due October 2 | Enthuse Foundation 5th Annual Pitch Competition
This NYC competition celebrates women in the food, beverage, and CPG sectors. Five entrepreneurs will present to industry experts. Prizes include up to $10,000 cash and business services. Eligible participants are female-majority-owned businesses, operational for under 4 years, earning under $500,000. (Pitch Competition)

Due October 4 // Techstars
Accelerator applications are due for Impact Powered by Cox Enterprises & Payments Powered by Stellar and MoneyGram. (Accelerator)

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)

Marketing, Startup & Tech

Events on September 25

September 25-29 // TechSTL Takeover – T-REX
TechSTL Members are taking over St. Louis Coworking spaces with one free week of access, events, and networking. At a new venue each month. Join them for breakfast on Tuesday & a Pizza Lunch on Friday. (In-Person)

Events on September 26

September 26-28 // Marketing Evolution Virtual Summit ’23
Join NP Digital and world-renowned thought leaders for 3 days of cutting-edge insights about the digital marketing evolution in the age of AI. (Virtual)

Are You Truly Customer-Obsessed? Build and Measure a Value-Driven Loyalty Program | Insider Intelligence
Discover insights on constructing customer-centric loyalty programs and learn the significance of data collection and relevant metrics for program vitality at this insightful event, featuring expert insights from Mary Pilecki of Forrester. (Virtual)

Break Free of Good Girl Brainwashing | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
Lisa Carmen Wang will share insights on overcoming “Good Girl Brainwashing,” focusing on releasing perfectionism and empowering women entrepreneurs to embrace their unique voice and worth. Expect discussions on creating wealth, setting boundaries, and making impactful decisions in professional endeavors. (Virtual)

STL Black Tech Gathering | TechSTL
Come on out for a free event celebrating St. Louis leaders in emerging technology and innovation with drinks, appetizers, and inspiring conversations with top movers and shakers in the Black Tech community. (In-Person)

Events on September 27

September 27-28 // WordPress Accessibility Day 2023
Explore best practices for website accessibility on WordPress platforms, gain insights from core team volunteers, and earn continuing education credits for IAAP WAS and CPACC certifications. (Virtual)

1 Million Cups St. Louis – Presenters: All Green Cleaning LLC & Ideas Forum
This event is for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the innovation community here in St. Louis. (In-Person)

Solving the Content Crisis: Content Creation & Delivery to Enable Personalized Experiences at Scale | AMA
Delve into resolving the challenges companies face in producing and managing content efficiently, addressing the entire content lifecycle to enable personalized experiences and streamline production to meet rising demands. (Virtual)

Startup Fundraising Q&A: Meet Investors from the FI Venture Network | Founder Institute
Participants can engage with FI Venture Network investors, gaining insights on fundraising, capital sources, and investor expectations, moderated by Ayhan Isaacs, who has extensive experience with venture-funded startups, with experts like Darryl Bandoro and John Colgan sharing their knowledge. (Virtual)

Explore market opportunities and data trends in Consumer Packaged Goods with front-line innovators, discussing Direct to Consumer, Product Innovation, and Small Scale Manufacturing at this monthly event hosted by TechSTL and Slalom Consulting. (In-Person)

Flow & Grow: Reiki & Meditation w/ Love Goddess + Business Accessibility w/ GWG | 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. Reiki & Meditation w/ Love Goddess + Business Accessibility (In-Person)

Women’s Networking Happy Hour | TEDx Women—Two Steps Forward
At this happy hour, female leaders will experience an evening of connection, inspiration, and solidarity, featuring a groundbreaking surprise announcement. The event, exploring new possibilities and ideas, is sponsored by Women Empowering Women and SheCan Connect. (In-Person)

MEDLauch / GEOLaunch Launch Day 2023 | SLU Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship
Explore innovative projects, meet the MEDLaunch and GEOLaunch team leads, and network with advisors at Chaifetz School of Business Cook Atrium, learning about diverse innovations in health, technology, and geospatial applications. (In-Person)

Events on September 28

Geo-Resolution 2023: Digital Transformations
Geospatial science is in the midst of unprecedented digital transformations, from rapid advancements in AI to new developments in high-performance computing and remote sensing. This year’s conference explores how geospatial scientists are at the forefront of these digital transformations and what the future holds for geospatial AI. (In-Person)

Innovation Conversation with Akeem Shannon | Skandalaris Center
At this event, attendees will hear Akeem Shannon, founder and CEO of Flipstik, share his journey from facing failures and setbacks to becoming the head of a fast-growing consumer brand, offering insights into overcoming obstacles in the entrepreneurial journey. (In-Person)

Embracing Diversity: Managing Neurodiverse Employees Effectively | Enterprise University
This event provides a thorough program aimed at empowering managers with the knowledge and tools needed to effectively support neurodiverse employees, focusing on understanding neurological differences and fostering an inclusive work environment to maximize everyone’s potential. (Virtual)

From Overwhelmed to AI-nspired | MarketingProfs
This event will feature a panel led by industry experts discussing AI tools, their efficient implementation, change management strategies, high-impact use cases in marketing and sales, and ways to measure ROI, aiming to equip organizations for an innovative AI-centric future. (Virtual)

AI for Good: A discussion on addressing real-world problems with AI | DeepLearning.AI
Experts like Andrew Ng and Robert Monarch will discuss the transformative role of AI in addressing global challenges like climate change and public health, highlighting practical, positive impacts in renewable energy, information accessibility, and disaster management. (Virtual)

September Networking Mixer | African Chamber of Commerce, St. Louis
Join this networking event at Korede House, a home away from home.

Venture Café St. Louis | Hispanic Heritage Night
Discover, learn, and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Venture Cafe while you join the festivities and engage with the vibrant Hispanic community! (In-Person)

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)

STL Mappy Hour
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)

Events on September 29

Midwest Ecommerce Summit
The region’s BEST ecommerce conference for manufacturers, retailers, and distributors. (In-Person)

Bourbon Friday at TechArtista CWE
It’s Friday, and it’s not Friday without Bourbon Friday. And you can join us at Techartista CWE 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)

Events on October 1

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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What are you eagerly awaiting in the coming week? Please don’t hold back; let us know in the comments! We’re continually looking to enrich the St. Louis Startup, Tech, and Marketing Ecosystem, so your feedback and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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Robbie Beyer
September 26, 2023

how come you didn't do a video this week? I enjoy your weekly fireside chat style of delivering all of the latest & greatest for STL Tech & Enterprise FYI. Bravo for the research and intel regardless and thanks for being such a valuable asset to the STL Startup Ecosystem!!!!! Thx

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