St. Louis Ecosystem

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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.
  • St. Louis Makes  is a private nonprofit in the public service that helps commercialize product ideas to grow sales. St. Louis Makes provides networking, education and analysis programs, which connect and train makers, inventors and manufacturing companies through best practices in product management, new product development and business development.

 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.
  • The BALSA Foundation: a volunteer-run organization of entrepreneurs, scientists, community leaders, and young professionals who provides mentorship and resources to help first-time entrepreneurs get started, and rely on support from the entrepreneurial community to do so. They’re passionate about empowering others to realize their business ideas and to make St. Louis a better place.

 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.