St. Louis Events // Week of March 18, 2024 – Startups, AI, Tech & Marketing

St. Louis Events // March 18-24

St. Louis is bustling with activities and opportunities for the tech and entrepreneurial community during the week of March 18-24. Our Founder, Erik Lutenegger, has crafted an insightful guide to the most rewarding events and opportunities in the area, perfect for networking, learning, and enjoying the local scene.

Catalysts for Success: Investment and Growth Opportunities

Unlock the next phase of your entrepreneurial journey with our curated list of funding, accelerator, and entrepreneurial support opportunities designed to propel your business forward.

Due March 22 // Latinas in Tech Startup Competition
The Latinas in Tech Startup Competition 2024 aims to support tech startups with at least one Latina co-founder. It offers non-dilutive cash prizes ($30K, $20K, $10K) to the top three winners to catalyze growth. Open to startups incorporated in or outside the U.S., the competition encourages high-growth potential companies that haven’t raised over $750K in funding. (Pitch Competition)

Due March 22 // Inc. 5000
The Inc. 5000 awards honor America’s fastest-growing private companies based on three-year revenue growth. It’s a prestigious list by Inc. magazine, highlighting entrepreneurial success, innovation, and leadership across industries, offering visibility, credibility, and networking opportunities to the ranked companies. (International Award)

Due March 27 // TechStars Accelerators
Applications are due for Tokyo. (Accelerator)

Due March 29 // SLU New Venture Accelerator | Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship
This program supports SLU founders with funding, resources, and guidance to turn their ideas into reality. It offers a 14-week summer program tailored to each cohort, focusing on various aspects of business development, and culminates with a demo day for pitches to investors and partners. Eligible participants can receive equity-free investments up to $50,000 (Accelerator)

Due March 29 // Arch Grants Competition
It’s almost that time of year, and Arch Grants is now a $75,000 non-dilutive grant with tons of resources. They also provide $25k in moving expenses if you are moving here. Get a reminder straight to your inbox. (Grant)

Due March 31 // Amber Grant – Food & Beverage Business
The Amber Grant for Women in the Food & Beverage category awards a $10,000 grant annually to support women-owned businesses in this industry, including restaurants, catering, food trucks, and beverage companies. This initiative aims to empower female entrepreneurs by providing financial assistance to grow their businesses and make a positive impact in the food and beverage sector.

Due March 31 // HerRise MicroGrant
This program supports women of color entrepreneurs in the U.S. by offering $1,000 grants to help grow their businesses. These grants can be used for business needs like buying equipment or marketing. Applicants must own a company that’s at least 51% women of color owned, registered in the US, and earning less than $1 million in gross revenue. (Grant)

Due April 5 // Missouri Startup Weekend
Missouri Startup Weekend is an event for entrepreneurs to pitch ideas, form teams, and start businesses in just three days. It’s open to anyone interested in startups, not limited to tech. Participants can work on new or existing projects, with tickets covering the event’s essentials. The goal is to foster startup creation through a supportive, immersive experience. (Hackathon)

Due April 16 // Physical Infrastructure Grant Program | Missouri Technology Corporation
This aims to provide accessible physical infrastructure for entrepreneurs in Missouri. It supports flexible commercial spaces, sector-specific facilities, and infrastructure that fosters community entrepreneurship. The program offers funding up to $200,000 or 25% of an organization’s annual operating expenses, targeting nonprofit research and entrepreneurial support organizations in Missouri. (Grant)

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 Swingspan.app.

Empowering Minds: The Crossroads of Tech, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship

Experience the synergy of technology, marketing, and entrepreneurship at events that promise to enlighten, engage, and empower professionals eager to shape the future of their industries.

March 18

March 18-21 // NVIDIA GTC
This conference is a hub for AI exploration, led by NVIDIA’s CEO’s keynote. It spans a multitude of sessions and exhibits, emphasizing generative AI, and provides extensive networking and learning opportunities in accelerated computing. (Virtual)

How to position yourself as a thought leader | Enterprise Nation
Ollie Collard of the Founded & Grounded podcast offers strategies for aspiring thought leaders to define their niche, authentically engage their audience, and build a loyal community through compelling storytelling and personal branding. (Virtual)

AI Marketing Techniques Using ChatGPT | SCORE Bi-State Region
Immerse yourself in the latest advancements where AI becomes a powerful ally in amplifying your marketing strategies. This session provides an engaging introduction to harnessing the potential of ChatGPT to propel your business forward. (Virtual)

How to Drive B2B Sales Growth with LinkedIn & Social Selling | Founder Institute
Enhance your B2B sales growth using LinkedIn with expert insights from Dr. Tina Ruseva, CEO of Mentessa, and learn actionable social selling techniques to build professional relationships and drive sales on LinkedIn. (Virtual)

Integrate AI into your Workflow Free Webinar | Network After Work
This webinar provides a practical guide to integrating AI into business workflows, featuring hands-on methods to build apps with AI-generated prompts and automate tasks, enhancing productivity and innovation. (Virtual)

MECCA Accelerator – Draft Day Orientation | HSSU – The Center of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Experience an assembly where entrepreneurship is honored as a testament to dedication and commitment, bringing together aspiring entrepreneurs, supportive families, and partners in a collegial environment. (In-Person | Dwaun J. Warmack Auditorium – HSSU)

March 19

DE{CODE} 2024 | WP Engine
WP Engine’s Global DE{CODE} 2024 conference is designed for developers, focusing on optimizing WordPress sites. Through expert-led sessions, attendees will gain insights into site performance, security enhancements, and eCommerce strategies. (Virtual)

Next big leap in AI for social media marketing: Emerging technologies that could disrupt engagement | AMA – Social Media & AI Bootcamp Series 2024
Dive digital marketing with the Social Media & AI Bootcamp Series, where participants learn to leverage AI tools for social media strategy, enhancing engagement and analytics. This session is “Next big leap in AI for social media marketing: Emerging technologies that could disrupt engagement” (Virtual)

AI for Marketing | WE NYC
Aimed at small business owners, this event will decode AI’s potential in marketing, demonstrating how AI tools can streamline marketing processes, save time, and foster business growth. (Virtual)

Cybersecurity: What CEOs should know about the vulnerabilities of exponential organizations and how to mitigate them | Singularity’s AI Innovation Leadership Certificate Program Cohort powered by Cortex
Missouri professionals embark on a six-week journey, deepening their understanding of AI’s transformative impact through expert-led workshops designed to foster strategic innovation across industries. (Virtual)

Competitive Pricing for Sustainable Growth | Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
This event, led by financial expert Zahra Yarahmadi, delves into creating effective pricing strategies for subscription-based services to enhance the financial health and growth of B2B SaaS companies. (Virtual)

SLU eMentors March Mini Pitch Networking Night | Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship
At the Mini Pitch Networking Night, students have the chance to impress entrepreneurs with rapid pitches, receive constructive feedback, and network with industry professionals in a lively setting. (In-Person | Busch Student Center)

Elevate Info Session | Rung for Women
Learn how Rung for Women Elevate Accelerator can help you level up, grow, and thrive in a growing career. (Virtual)

March 20

How To Build a Responsible AI Program with Katrina Ingram | NerdyDiva
Katrina Ingram leads a session on crafting a responsible AI program, focusing on ethical AI integration across various professional sectors, with insights into minimizing harm and aligning with core values. (Virtual)

Authority by Design: Shaping a Powerful Brand with the LEMA Framework | Moz
Join Lily Ugbaja as she demystifies the LEMA framework, offering a blueprint for crafting brand content that resonates and endures, ensuring it captures attention, clarifies intent, and prompts reader engagement. (Virtual)

March 21

Corporate Counsel Awards | St. Louis Business Journal
Honoring excellence in corporate law, the event celebrates in-house legal counsel who demonstrate outstanding service, leadership, and commitment to their organizations and the legal community. (In-Person | Marriott St. Louis West)

Facilitating Meetings People Can’t Wait to Attend | CreativeMornings
Transform ordinary meetings into sessions that spark excitement and productivity, as this event provides strategies for effective facilitation, active engagement, and impactful outcomes. (Virtual)

Protect Yourself and Your Assets: Avoiding Current Fraud Trends | Enterprise University
This event tackles current fraud trends, educating participants on recognizing and preventing schemes like business email compromise and checking fraud with practical, cost-effective solutions for organizational security. (Virtual)

How To Read AI Research Papers Effectively | DeepLearning.ai
Aparna Dhinakaran and Amber Roberts of Arize AI lead a session on efficiently reading AI research papers, focusing on rapid comprehension and application, with a live exercise on recent studies. (Virtual)

Use Cutting-Edge AI Strategies and Analytics Tools to Master Landing Page Success | Search Engine Journal
Unveil the potential of AI and analytics to master landing page effectiveness, leveraging a comprehensive framework that elevates customer experiences and drives higher campaign performance. (Virtual)

The Future of Advertising: Optimize Your Ad Spend With Audience-Based Buying | American Marketing Association
Discover the future of advertising in this webinar, as David Shellhorse from Spectrum Reach reveals audience-based buying strategies to optimize ad spend, targeting customers more effectively. (Virtual)

March Adness: CTV’s Latest Trends Are on Fire | Insider Intelligence
At “March Adness,” attendees will get an in-depth look at the surging trends in connected TV advertising, courtesy of MNTN’s comprehensive research, to drive forward-thinking marketing strategies. (Virtual)

The IDEATE Method: An Empirically Proven Approach to Selecting Opportunities Worthy of Pursuit | Skandalaris Center
Participants will learn the IDEATE methodology from Dan Cohen, exploring this empirical approach to evaluate and select business opportunities with practical group activities for real-world application. (In-Person | Skandalaris Center)

StEP Info Session: How to Start, Buy, or Sell Your Business | Skandalaris Center
At this information session, attendees will explore the Student Enterprise Program, learning how to effectively navigate the intricacies of owning, buying, or selling a business with support from the Skandalaris Center. (In-Person | Skandalaris Center)

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)

Business After Hours | Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Metro St. Louis
This is a great way to meet the Hispanic Chamber membership and network, all in a fun and open environment! (In-Person | Sysco)

March 22

Bourbon Friday at 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)

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Are you excited about something in the St. Louis Startup, Tech, and Marketing spheres this week? Share your enthusiasm in the comments! And remember, our inbox at events@bourbonfriday.show is always open for event-related queries or important dates.

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