St. Louis startups

women entrepreneurs
10:58 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Women-Led Firms Win Prosper Competition With Ideas For Tracking Dogs, Selling Home Meals

Credit (courtesy Prosper Women Entrepreneurs)

Six women-led companies have won $50,000 dollar investments from the St. Louis-based organization Prosper Women Entrepreneurs.

This is the first group of the Prosper Startup Accelerator, which includes a 3-month intensive program. Founder Jennifer Ehlen said the entrepreneurs will spend two days each week at T-REX, a downtown St. Louis co-working space and incubator, meeting with mentors and business experts.

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St. Louis business
3:13 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Give A Gift And Support A St. Louis Startup

Greetabl offers boxes that also serve as a greeting card and can be mailed.
Credit (courtesy greetable)

The clock is ticking on the holiday shopping season.

If you’ve still got a few people on your list, here are some unique items from young companies right here in St. Louis.

Greetabl produces colorful gift boxes that allow you to write a message, put in a small gift and either mail it or give it in person. The company, launched just last year, is among this year’s Arch Grants recipients.

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Startup Culture
4:13 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Startup Connection To Feature 70 Early Stage Businesses

Entrepreneurs mingle at a previous Startup Connection.
Credit (courtesy Startup Connection)

The St. Louis entrepreneurial community will be on display at this year's Startup Connection at Saint Louis University on Wednesday.

The business competition and resource fair will highlight 70 startups through its venture showcase, including a session where the entrepreneurs will give elevator pitches to compete for funding.

Nineteen of the startups are vying for three Startup Challenge Awards worth a total of  $100,000. The other 51 ventures will be competing for smaller awards.

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Women at work
2:57 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

WISE Conference To Connect St. Louis Women In Science

Credit (Flickr/Tanya Monro)

As of the last U.S. Census, only 28 percent of the workforce in science and engineering was female.

The Women in Science & Entrepreneurship Conference is addressing that disparity. It aims to help women in the sciences find the right career path and go further. WISE, as the conference is being called, will take place Friday in St. Louis. The event is sold out.

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International business
3:38 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

BioSTL Creates Initiative To Attract Israeli Startups

Credit St. Louis Public Radio

The organization that focuses on promoting the St. Louis region's bio-science industries is reaching beyond the country's borders to accomplish its mission.

BioSTL launched the St. Louis-Israel Innovation Connection Friday with the aim of attracting Israeli bioscience starts to branch out into St. Louis.

Israel is second only to Silicon Valley when it comes to creating startups.

With many of those companies looking to expand into the U.S., St. Louis can be their destination, said BioSTL CEO and president Donn Rubin.

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Economy & Innovation
11:17 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Pipeline Fellowship Opens To St. Louis Entrepreneurs

Joni Cobb, CEO and president of the Pipeline Entrepreneurial Fellowship.
Credit (courtesy Pipeline)

The Pipeline Entrepreneurial Fellowship is now open to all St. Louis entrepreneurs.

The program works like a support group for entrepreneurs in the Midwest. It began in Kansas in 2006 and then expanded to Nebraska and Kansas City.

Until now, only those affiliated with Washington University in St. Louis could apply to take part in the year-long fellowship.

Pipeline president and CEO Joni Cobb said they’re looking for leaders who are likely to grow a company.

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3:55 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

CIC@4240 Opens In St. Louis

Co-founder and managing director of CIC@4240, Dougan Sherwood, in the new space.
(Maria Altman/St. Louis Public Radio)

Cambridge Innovation Center’s first site outside Massachusetts is officially open.

CIC@4240 is located in St. Louis’ innovation district, Cortex, and provides flexible working space for startups and emerging businesses.

The company has 32,000 square feet in the @4240 building on Duncan Avenue and is expected to eventually house up to 75 companies.

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Economy & Innovation
3:21 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Startup Voodoo Kicks Off In St. Louis

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It’s got a funny name, but a serious purpose.

Startup Voodoo, a one-day conference at Ballpark Village Thursday, is an attempt to help Midwestern entrepreneurs capture that indefinable something that’s helped so many startups become successful, said conference co-founder Aaron Perlut.

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Southwest Airlines new route
9:15 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

St. Louis Entrepreneurs Take Off On New San Francisco Flight

Credit (Flickr, Stu Seeger)

Business class will take on a whole new meaning when Southwest Airlines begins its first non-stop service from St. Louis to San Francisco on Tuesday.

The CEOs of 21 St. Louis-based startups will be aboard the inaugural flight where a few of them will give their elevator pitches at 30,000 feet.

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Economy & Innovation
4:19 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Want To Be An Entrepreneur? Here’s A Boot Camp

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New or aspiring entrepreneurs will be chosen for a 10-week boot camp at the Center for Emerging Technologies this fall.

The boot camp is called Square One and is aimed at entrepreneurs whose focus is bio science, technology or consumer products or services.

Square One program manager Mary Louise Helbig said the goal of the once-a-week class is to train entrepreneurs how to commercialize their business.

"It’s helping them get their idea or concept to reality and turning it into a business," she said.

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