Networking and Presenting

  • 1 Million Cups: weekly gathering at 9 a.m. of entrepreneurs and community members at Nine Network in Grand Center.  Two entrepreneurs present what they are working on and take questions from the audience.  No RSVP required.
  • Idea Bounce: Washington University’s monthly event to pitch early-stage ideas in two minutes or less followed by networking.  Winners receive $100 and a luncheon with the judges to further discuss their ideas.
  • StartLouis: a monthly meetup that discusses a variety of issues in the startup community.  Events are often geared more towards I.T. but is not exclusive to this area.
  • ProductCamp:  the premiere event for anyone who builds, designs, markets, or manages a product or service.
  • 2nd Thursday: ITEN’s monthly meeting to discuss topical issues in the I.T. community and provide updates on their organization.
  • Startup Connection: the largest celebration of entrepreneurship in St. Louis.  In 2013, more than 1,000 people attended.  This week’s will take place in November along with Global Entrepreneurship Week.
  • Start30: an informal gathering of entrepreneurs on Mondays at Three Kings in The Loop.
  • Launchcode is bringing developers together with mentors to fill programming jobs in the St. Louis technology market.


Seed Money Competitions

  • Arch Grants: $50,000 prizes awarded to early-stage entrepreneurs. No equity taken. Only catch is relocating your startup to the St. Louis area.
  • Social Enterprise Innovation Competition: Washington University competition that is targeted for nonprofits developing innovative solutions to social problems.
  • Olin Cup: making seed investments in winning companies.  Teams must have a Wash U student, alumnus, faculty or staff member.
  • gocelerator: competition for young entrepreneurs that provides housing and helps cover day-to-day expenses so you can get on with focusing on your startup.
  • Startup Challenge: no-strings-attached cash, top-tier professional services, new office space, and an opportunity to compete in front of all of St. Louis.


Incubators and Accelerators

  • Capital Innovators provides tech startups with the funding, resources, and connections they need to reach the next level.
  • SixThirty provides tech startups with the funding, resources, and connections they need to reach the next level.
  • Ignition Tank develops ideas into successful startups in a saleable way. Our core team launches entrepreneurship to another level.
  • Biogenerator is a privately funded, non-profit organization created to facilitate the formation of life science companies in the St. Louis area.