Women Entrepreneurs of St. Louis

Startup Culture
8:36 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Here's Who Is Helping Women Entrepreneurs In St. Louis

Jennifer Ehlen, founder of Prosper Women Entrepreneurs, gives a presentation recently at a Women 2.0 event.
Credit Maria Altman | St. Louis Public Radio

Where are the women in St. Louis’ startup scene?

It’s a question many began asking following a 2011 American Express OPEN report that ranked St. Louis last among 25 top metropolitan areas for women entrepreneurs. That same year the Kauffman Foundation released a study on overcoming the gender gap within entrepreneurship.

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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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The Rundown
9:45 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Economy & Innovation Rundown: Discrimination Suit At A-B And Other Questions About Women In Business

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It’s Tuesday, that magical day of the week when our thoughts turn to questions of economics, business, innovation, technology … and related topics that tickle our fancy but we haven’t been able to report on ourselves. It’s the day we say, “Don’t think we haven’t been paying attention, dear reader,” and we share some the things we’ve been reading on topics of interest. 

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St. Louis on the Air
3:40 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

New Group Promotes Women Entrepreneurs In St. Louis

WEST founding members from L to R: Allison Carmen, Mariquita Barbieri, Jenny Dibble and Sheila Burkett
(Courtesy: Jenny Dibble)

When Jenny Dibble returned to St. Louis after five years on the West Coast, she was struck by two features of her hometown’s entrepreneurial culture: one, it was way bigger and more dynamic than she expected; and two, there were a lot of men.

“At every event I attended, I noticed a strange absence of women,” Dibble said.

She decided to investigate and found that she was not the only St. Louis businesswoman craving a community. From that, the idea for Women Entrepreneurs of St. Louis (WEST) was born.

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