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Monday, November 8
 

8:30am CST

Kickoff Breakfast
Parking is available both on the street or in the One Met Square garage. There is hourly parking available as well as a daily rate in the garage which is $15 and located just half a block West of Pine & Broadway (going on the one-way) and it's the lot that says "Parking" on the awning, just after you see the "Reserved" awning.

If you choose to park in that lot, you can take the elevator straight down into our lobby. Once in the lobby, please check in with the security desk. They will scan you up the elevator to Floor 22.




Monday November 8, 2021 8:30am - 11:00am CST
WeWork

9:00am CST

Daily Espresso
Tune in to our daily look at the schedule and startup ecosystem.

Hosted by Matt Menietti and Emily Breedlove, hear updates from support organizations you know and love, discover some new ones, and get ready for the week!

Sponsored by Husch Blackwell

Monday November 8, 2021 9:00am - 9:30am CST
Virtual

9:00am CST

Coworking Test Drive
Spark St. Louis (6 Cardinal Wy Suite 900) - It's St. Louis Startup week and we are opening up our coworking community to all St. Louis entrepreneurs with free day passes. All! Week! Long! Join us for coworking and coffee - Registration Required

OPO (119 S Main St) - stop by OPO and "test drive" or work for free! 8am-4pm M-F. Contact info@opostartups.com or come to the front door of OPO, ring the doorbell and ask for the community manager Walton.

Conflux (8221 Minnesota Ave) - Sign-up for a timeslot.

TechArtista CWE (4818 Washington Blvd) Reserve your seat.

TechArtista Downtown (401 Pine Street) Reserve your seat.

TechArtista UCity (725 Kingsland Ave) Reserve your seat.

WeWork (211 N Broadway, Suite 2200) - Drop by and check-in!

STL Fusion (555 Washington Ave. Suite 310) - Email Tiffany to register. 9am-5pm M-F

CIC (4220 Duncan Ave) - CIC St. Louis is hosting free Coworking test days from November 8th-10th at 4220 Duncan Avenue! Must register beforehand. Click here to get your ticket.

Monday November 8, 2021 9:00am - Friday November 12, 2021 5:00pm CST

9:30am CST

Entrepreneur Showcase
Hear the stories of how local entrepreneurs got their start!

Monday will feature Kathryn Jamboretz (Your Tributary), Alice Prince (Pathways United), and Ashleigh Boyd (Treat the Nurse).

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Bardot

Jennifer Bardot

VP Senior Business Banking, Enterprise Bank & Trust
Speaker, Amazon #1 Best Selling, Small Business Advocate, Top 100 People -SBM, Empower Women, Growth Mindset, Empathetic Banker, Community Volunteer AmbassadorTalks about #courage, #networking, #authenticity, #entrepreneurs, and #smallbusiness
avatar for John Knicely

John Knicely

Founder and Chief Storyteller, VITA LUX Agency

Speakers

Monday November 8, 2021 9:30am - 10:00am CST
Virtual

10:00am CST

Navigating the STL Startup Ecosystem
Are you looking to launch a new business or working hard to grow a recent startup? This panel conversation will offer you a birds-eye view of the St Louis Ecosystem to help you better find the people, tools, and resources you need to reach your goals. Whether you are looking for funding, mentoring, coworking, or more, our panel of local experts can get you connected. Bring your questions and your business cards!


Parking is available both on the street or in the One Met Square garage. There is hourly parking available as well as a daily rate in the garage which is $15 and located just half a block West of Pine & Broadway (going on the one-way) and it's the lot that says "Parking" on the awning, just after you see the "Reserved" awning.

If you choose to park in that lot, you can take the elevator straight down into theirlobby. Once in the lobby, please check in with the security desk. They will scan you up the elevator to Floor 22.



Speakers
Organizers
avatar for Emily Breedlove

Emily Breedlove

Executive Director, TechSTL



Monday November 8, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am CST
WeWork

10:00am CST

Using LinkedIn to Sell and Reach Investors
LinkedIn can be the single best way to reach investors and sell your product or service if you learn how to make the most of it. After all, it is the world’s largest business network with more than 775 million members. In this session, you will learn precisely how to master it to find and reach your prospects and investors create a LinkedIn presence that draws potential customers to you.

In this session, you will ...
• Discover how to target and reach investors and business prospects
• Develop your powerful brand using LinkedIn’s free tools
• Determine how to deliver your LinkedIn messages to drive sales

View the session recording: https://us06web.zoom.us/rec/share/8Bytz2_UQ1YLB86Aqk34ts876ByCFDbo8Kq0HhMj4nMpc6K-5MlRm6SQw_vCDmjs.M5uN_oHjX07zRQBR

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Bernard

Kathy Bernard

CEO, WiserU, LLC
I’m Kathy Bernard of WiserU.com. I’m a LinkedIn expert, trainer, and optimizer for business, sales, or career. I wrote the book, Score High on LinkedIn because you really can score how on LinkedIn for what you do or what you sell … and as a result, can be found on LinkedIn... Read More →

Organizers
avatar for Kathy Bernard

Kathy Bernard

CEO, WiserU, LLC
I’m Kathy Bernard of WiserU.com. I’m a LinkedIn expert, trainer, and optimizer for business, sales, or career. I wrote the book, Score High on LinkedIn because you really can score how on LinkedIn for what you do or what you sell … and as a result, can be found on LinkedIn... Read More →


Monday November 8, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Virtual

12:00pm CST

Financing and Fundraising Your Startup During the Pandemic
Hands on, practical approach to funding your startup

Parking is available both on the street or in the One Met Square garage. There is hourly parking available as well as a daily rate in the garage which is $15 and located just half a block West of Pine & Broadway (going on the one-way) and it's the lot that says "Parking" on the awning, just after you see the "Reserved" awning.

If you choose to park in that lot, you can take the elevator straight down into our lobby. Once in the lobby, please check in with the security desk. They will scan you up the elevator to Floor 22.



Speakers
avatar for David Woll

David Woll

ceo, woll ent
www.wollenterprises.com



Monday November 8, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
WeWork

12:00pm CST

The Entrepreneur's Journey
Entrepreneurship is a journey. There are 5 phases: Dream, Define, Design, Develop, and Deliver. This overview will help current or budding entrepreneurs to understand the steps to success, where they are, and what they need to do. This will be a fast paced program. There will be a great deal of interaction. Each attendee will take home a roadmap to help them move toward a successful future.  

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81136498890?pwd=NXV4T1FlVmVaQmVCTGMwdzZEenpMdz09

Speakers
avatar for Steve Epner

Steve Epner

Professor, Saint Louis University
Steve Epner has been helping entrepreneurs for years. He teaches innovation and entrepreneurship at multiple colleges and universities, he mentors through the Saint Louis University IMT program (was Gateway Venture Mentoring Service), and, with Ken Herold, designed and offers the... Read More →
avatar for Ken Herold

Ken Herold

With a unique and diverse background Ken leads innovation efforts in Corporations, Incubators, Accelerators, and teaches entrepreneurship, design thinking, and lean business modeling in the MBA and Engineering programs at SLU. For over 3 decades he has been and is involved in a variety... Read More →


Monday November 8, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Virtual

1:00pm CST

Top 5 Legal Landmines Startups Hit, and How to Avoid Them
If you’re starting a company or thinking of starting one, don’t miss this session. Jack will highlight the legal landmines new startups face and will offer possible solutions.
Jack Terschluse is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting
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Speakers
avatar for Jack Terschluse

Jack Terschluse

Corporate Counsel, Balto


Monday November 8, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Virtual

1:00pm CST

Branding Yourself: How It Can Lead to Greater Opportunities & Success for Your Business
We know that most of us would rather follow a person than we would a company on social media. It’s because consumers don’t want to be sold to; they want to be inspired by.

Start using your platform(s) to get vulnerable with your audience and share the wisdom and #realtalk that they are dying to hear.

With this presentation, discover how you can develop a personal brand that’s both effective and lasting.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Wentworth

Holly Wentworth

Owner & Founder | Marketing Strategist, Hapacity Marketing
Hello! Thanks for clicking to learn more about me. I'm the Owner & Founder of Hapacity Marketing. Over the course of my marketing career, I have honed my skills in marketing strategy, branding, social media, and content marketing for various medium to large companies nationally and... Read More →



Monday November 8, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Spark St. Louis

2:00pm CST

Startup Sustainability
A deep dive into what really happens after you start a business and ways to sustain the business past statistical demise timelines. We will examine how revenue streams, overhead management and business model adaptability sustain businesses.

Speakers
avatar for Devon	Moody-Graham

Devon Moody-Graham

Founder, CEOMom Empire LLC


Monday November 8, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Spark St. Louis

3:00pm CST

Introduction to the Solid Edge for Startups Program
An overview about the program  with a short review about some interesting participants.  Questions welcome after the presentation.

If you need CAD, consider joining this session to learn about an opportunity to use commercial Solid Edge CAD and portfolio products,

Join here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ydWtL_paQdO-nJRMc7pZQg

Speakers
avatar for Peter Llewellyn

Peter Llewellyn

Business Development Manager, Siemens
Responsible for supporting Solid Edge for Startup program in the Americas. Work with incubators, accelerators and individuals.  Member of ASME (Past Chair of North Alabama Section), Membership Chair for Energy Huntsville (non-profit), Ambassador for KTECH (workforce development... Read More →


Monday November 8, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Virtual

4:00pm CST

Female Founders Panel Discussion: Build & Grow
Register Here

THIRD ANNUAL FEMALE FOUNDER PANEL DISCUSSION + NETWORKING

Hosted & Moderated by Erin Joy, CEO and Founder of Black Dress Circle
Sponsored by HOK and Enterprise Bank & Trust.
A part of STL StartUp Week, this powerhouse event includes:
4:00 - 5:30pm - Virtual
  • Panel discussion comprised of an impressive selection of St. Louis business founders (60 minutes)
  • Three 1:1 breakout sessions for hands-on networking and resource sharing (30 minutes)
5:30pm - Break/drive
6:00pm - Outdoor networking event at Innovation Hall
  • Catering by Tony Marino Catering
  • Swag bags!
Learn and be inspired by these accomplished entrepreneurs with topics such as …
  • Expanding your strategic thinking
  • Maximizing your impact and business influence
  • Successfully growing your business and personal brand
Attendance will empower you to shift into build & grow mode. You’ll walk away with actionable tools from this impressive lineup of five successful St. Louis business founders from diverse industries who are scaling and leading.
Panelists include:
  • Dr. Natalie King: CEO/Founder of Bloom Beauty Brand, a tech-driven, personalizable hair wellness brand for women with textured hair.
  • Danielle Deavens: Co-Founder of Bold Xchange, an ecommerce retailer that makes buying from Black-owned brands simple and thoughtful—for both consumers and organizations.
  • Lisa Hu: Founder of Lux & Nyx, the only bag company dedicated to high achieving women, with a commitment to empower through quality and functional products.
  • Lisa Govro: Founder Big Heart Tea Co., a nationally distributed tea brand that specializes in good for you tea from a healthy and sustainable supply chain.
  • Lus Rondón-Haberberger: CEO of Luzco Technologies LLC, a multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm named 2021 C- Suite St. Louis Business Journal awardee and M/W/DBE by St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers.

Moderators
avatar for Erin Joy

Erin Joy

Founder and Executive Consultant, Black Dress Circle

Speakers


Monday November 8, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm CST
Virtual

6:00pm CST

Opening Kickoff Party
Register Here

THIRD ANNUAL FEMALE FOUNDER PANEL DISCUSSION + NETWORKING

Hosted & Moderated by Erin Joy, CEO and Founder of Black Dress Circle
Sponsored by HOK and Enterprise Bank & Trust.
A part of STL StartUp Week, this powerhouse event includes:
4:00 - 5:30pm - Virtual
  • Panel discussion comprised of an impressive selection of St. Louis business founders (60 minutes)
  • Three 1:1 breakout sessions for hands-on networking and resource sharing (30 minutes)
5:30pm - Break/drive
6:00pm - Outdoor networking event at Innovation Hall
  • Catering by Tony Marino Catering
  • Swag bags!
Learn and be inspired by these accomplished entrepreneurs with topics such as …
  • Expanding your strategic thinking
  • Maximizing your impact and business influence
  • Successfully growing your business and personal brand
Attendance will empower you to shift into build & grow mode. You’ll walk away with actionable tools from this impressive lineup of five successful St. Louis business founders from diverse industries who are scaling and leading.
Panelists include:
  • Dr. Natalie King: CEO/Founder of Bloom Beauty Brand, a tech-driven, personalizable hair wellness brand for women with textured hair.
  • Danielle Deavens: Co-Founder of Bold Xchange, an ecommerce retailer that makes buying from Black-owned brands simple and thoughtful—for both consumers and organizations.
  • Lisa Hu: Founder of Lux & Nyx, the only bag company dedicated to high achieving women, with a commitment to empower through quality and functional products.
  • Lisa Govro: Founder Big Heart Tea Co., a nationally distributed tea brand that specializes in good for you tea from a healthy and sustainable supply chain.
  • Lus Rondón-Haberberger: CEO of Luzco Technologies LLC, a multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm named 2021 C- Suite St. Louis Business Journal awardee and M/W/DBE by St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers.


Moderators
avatar for Erin Joy

Erin Joy

Founder and Executive Consultant, Black Dress Circle

Sponsors
avatar for Dan Iadevito

Dan Iadevito

VP, Business Banking, Enterprise Bank & Trust
MM

Margaret McDonald

Senior Principal, HOK


Monday November 8, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm CST
Innovation Plaza
 
Tuesday, November 9
 

9:00am CST

Daily Espresso
Tune in to our daily look at the schedule and startup ecosystem.

Hosted by Matt Menietti and Emily Breedlove, hear updates from support organizations you know and love, discover some new ones, and get ready for the week!

Sponsored by Husch Blackwell

Tuesday November 9, 2021 9:00am - 9:30am CST
Virtual

9:00am CST

Starting from Square One: Food Business Panel
Gain insight from local food entrepreneurs representing a variety of food businesses including packaged goods, restaurant, catering and beverages, as they discuss the St. Louis food industry, success stories, and lessons learned.

Moderators
Speakers
CM

Chef Martin Lopez

Culinary Director, Propel Kitchens
DY

Darren Young

The Fattened Caf
OA

Olamide Adeboye

Founder and CEO, Wakava Food & Beverage



Tuesday November 9, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am CST
CIC St. Louis - CET

9:30am CST

Entrepreneur Showcase
Hear the stories of how local entrepreneurs got their start!

Tuesday will feature Natalie King (Bloom Beauty Brand), Daniel Jakubisin (Doorward), and Ryan Hurtgen (OmniAmbient).

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Bardot

Jennifer Bardot

VP Senior Business Banking, Enterprise Bank & Trust
Speaker, Amazon #1 Best Selling, Small Business Advocate, Top 100 People -SBM, Empower Women, Growth Mindset, Empathetic Banker, Community Volunteer AmbassadorTalks about #courage, #networking, #authenticity, #entrepreneurs, and #smallbusiness
avatar for John Knicely

John Knicely

Founder and Chief Storyteller, VITA LUX Agency

Speakers

Tuesday November 9, 2021 9:30am - 10:00am CST
Virtual

11:00am CST

Intellectual Property Strategies for Executives and Entrepreneurs
Most startups do not have a fully developed product, sales revenue, or regulatory approvals. Therefore, the majority of the company valuation comes from its intellectual property (IP). A seasoned team of IP professionals will provide an overview of IP for entrepreneurs and executives. This includes a discussion of the different forms of intellectual property, what their strengths/weaknesses are, and their importance during fund raising or an exit.  Click here to join our webinar: https://slwip.zoom.us/j/98744993873?pwd=NGFlUDB1eStlNHNwYXU1UHpiMExwZz09

Speakers
avatar for Douglas Portnow

Douglas Portnow

Of Counsel, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.
I am a registered patent attorney. I work with entrepreneurs and executives to build their patent portfolios and protect their inventions.  I also work with investors to help evaluate the strength of a target company's intellectual property.  If you are interested in discussing... Read More →
avatar for Linh-Han H. Nguyen

Linh-Han H. Nguyen

Principal, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner

Organizers
avatar for Douglas Portnow

Douglas Portnow

Of Counsel, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.
I am a registered patent attorney. I work with entrepreneurs and executives to build their patent portfolios and protect their inventions.  I also work with investors to help evaluate the strength of a target company's intellectual property.  If you are interested in discussing... Read More →


Tuesday November 9, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Virtual

11:00am CST

Where Do StartUps Start?
Do you WANT to start a business, or do you HAVE to start a business? This will be an introduction and guide to early stage resources in St. Louis. You'll get information and suggestions from some of the best resources in town to fit your own specific needs. You'll also learn how to use https://STLStarUpjEcosystem.org

In compliance with CIC, only attend if you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have tested negative within 3 days of the event.

Moderators
MS

Mary Scott

Consultant, BusinessRiff
StartUp resource.  http://stlstartupecosystem.org  Part of the team for 1 Million Cups.  Particularly good for early stage.  Do you want to or HAVE to start a business?  I help StartUps succeed by validating the idea, avoiding common mistakes & connecting to custom resources... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Grizzle

Melissa Grizzle

Director, Entrepreneur Development, ITEN
At ITEN I manage the startup programs and services, as well as our external entrepreneurship education events. I can also help tech startups navigate resources in the broader community--it's take an ecosystem to raise an entrepreneur and we've got a great map for that!ITEN recently... Read More →
HJ

Hayley Johnston

Community Manager, Spark St. Louis Coworking
avatar for Galen Gondolfi

Galen Gondolfi

Chief Communications Officer, Justine Petersen



Tuesday November 9, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
CIC St. Louis - CET

12:00pm CST

Marketing Matters: Effective Use of Digital and Social Media
In this one-hour session, Lauren Fast with Atomic Revenue will break down why marketing matters at every step in a customer journey from inquiry to advocacy, provide practical social and digital media tactics and share how you can measure the ROI at each step.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Silversmith

Katie Silversmith

Founding Partner, ThriveCo
avatar for Lauren Fast

Lauren Fast

Brand and Exposure Manager, Atomic Revenue
Lauren Fast is a sought-after social strategist, thought-leader, and entrepreneur.  She is focused on marketing at all levels of the business development funnel as the Brand and Exposure Manager at Atomic Revenue. AND she is a Co-Founder & Partner at Fast Bryant Consulting, a full-service... Read More →
avatar for Kiersten Yeazel

Kiersten Yeazel

Community Manager, ThriveCo
ThriveCo is a personalized coworking space in Clayton. We are creating a space where all current and prospective small business owners feel welcome, safe, and connected and can access the exact services and office arrangements they need to thrive. We believe in creating a world where... Read More →

Organizers
avatar for Katie Silversmith

Katie Silversmith

Founding Partner, ThriveCo
avatar for Kiersten Yeazel

Kiersten Yeazel

Community Manager, ThriveCo
ThriveCo is a personalized coworking space in Clayton. We are creating a space where all current and prospective small business owners feel welcome, safe, and connected and can access the exact services and office arrangements they need to thrive. We believe in creating a world where... Read More →



Tuesday November 9, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Virtual

12:00pm CST

Profits with Purpose: How to Build a Social Venture
GiftAMeal's Founder, Andrew Glantz, will discuss his journey creating GiftAMeal's charitable marketing program that supports local restaurants while giving back. He will share lessons learned and tips to aspiring social entrepreneurs for how they can build a startup that also supports a cause.

In compliance with CIC, only attend if you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have tested negative within 3 days of the event.

Speakers

Tuesday November 9, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
CIC St. Louis - CET

12:00pm CST

Capital Innovators Spring & Fall 2021 Demo Day
Capital Innovators will be hosting a Demo Day for the most recent two accelerator cohorts to showcase what they have been building.

Join us on November 9th at 12:00 pm CT in celebrating the accomplishments of these founders!

In response to the hybrid world we live in today, Demo Day will be broadcasted live online. We will send out final viewing instructions prior to the event.

Please register to receive information on how to participate virtually.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Capital Innovators Team

Organizers


Tuesday November 9, 2021 12:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Virtual

12:30pm CST

Riches are in the Niches - How to Build a Niche Marketing Plan
People hate to be sold, but we all love to buy. Do your customers seek you out or do you chase them? This interactive session is going to explore how you can build a marketing plan and system that keeps customers seeking, referring, and buying continuously from you.
This is hands-on and you will leave with actionable things you can implement tomorrow.

Speakers
Organizers

Tuesday November 9, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm CST
Conflux

1:00pm CST

Did They Quit You, or Did You Quit Them!
Recent studies show 91% of new hires are retained if there is a formal onboarding and orientation program.

The first day, whether virtual or in-person, is a critical first impression for you and your new team member, it gives them a chance to embrace the passion and core values of your company.
Don’t waste it on paperwork and the do’s and don’ts. Key takeaways include:
• Understand why retention starts before day one of employment
• Learn the difference between onboarding, orientation and new hire training
• Apply techniques to create an environment of trust needed for learning and long-term success

In compliance with CIC, only attend if you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have tested negative within 3 days of the event.

Speakers
Organizers

Tuesday November 9, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
CIC St. Louis - CET

1:00pm CST

Minecraft as a Social Impact and Gaming Business
Children's test scores are down across the state, they have been socially isolated since the COVID-19 pandemic, and parents are looking for more progressive education methods. Harry Devitre represents the next generation of leaders who want to use their favorite social gaming tool, Minecraft, as a way to bring the community together. What first started with a YouTube channel, which has 76 subscribers, has now transformed into a platform where parents can easily help their kids join a social community of like-minded students pointed towards creating social change in the St. Louis region. In this session, we will provide an overview of the platform, demonstrate its unique value proposition in the marketplace, and open up the floor for feedback in order to make it better.

Take a look at their newsworthy updates including the video from their presentation.
 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/st-louis-startup-week-other-important-announcements-doug-devitre

Speakers
avatar for Doug Devitre

Doug Devitre

CEO, Doug Devitre International Inc.
Organizations bring in Doug Devitre, CSP when they want to improve performance in sales, productivity, and marketing using the latest technology. He is a past Entrepreneur of the Year of the University of Missouri-Columbia, inducted into the National Association of Realtors Business... Read More →



Tuesday November 9, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Virtual

2:00pm CST

R&D to Manufacturing: Building the Infrastructure to Launch Your Product
Taking a concept from design to prototype to full scale production can be challenging. This session is intended to arm entrepreneurs and small business owners with a technical manifest of how to seamlessly shepherd your product through each of these critical development stages from a controls and automation engineering perspective. Learn from a leading manufacturing technology and services organization, headquartered in the heart of St. Louis, how most manufacturers manage the crucial launching point to bring their product to market.

Join here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OHWl_cE3QX6wrkh9Qjr0wA


Tuesday November 9, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Virtual

2:00pm CST

How to Launch a Tech/SaaS Startup
John and Kevin will provide insight to aspiring tech founders from the vantage point of a software development partner and a technical co-founder, respectively.

Register Here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArfuCtrTkoGNcpEqUrS3COeA1MrinY1G1G

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones

SaaS Co-Founder & CTO, Angel Investor, Startup Mentor

Organizers

Tuesday November 9, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Virtual

4:00pm CST

VOICES : STL Entrepreneurship Affinity Group - First Impressions Aligning “message sent” with “message received”
Register Here

Join us for a discussion and insight into building your personal brand at November’s VOICES convening with HR industry expert Jacquie Munson Gaines.

Jacquie Munson-Gaines started JMG Connects: a black and woman-owned, Detroit-based, Human Resources consulting firm, with the future of diverse workforces in mind, where all people feel empowered and included. As a woman of color who has worked with corporations, leadership teams, and front-line workers in biased cultures across the country, diversity is not just a buzzword to JMG — it is real. These experiences have given Jacquie insight into both day to day and longer term challenges facing us every day and why your personal brand is so important. You are not going to want to miss the conversation!

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Speakers
Organizers
avatar for Lindsey Harrison

Lindsey Harrison

Program Manager, BioSTL


Tuesday November 9, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Virtual

5:00pm CST

OPO Startups Demo Day 2021
OPO Startups Demo Day is a competitive, live pitch competition for entrepreneur's in the tech industry.

Four finalists will pitch live on Tuesday, November 9th from 5-7pm in a “Shark Tank" style format to judges and a live audience for a chance to win $5000+ in cash and prizes. There will be networking, door prizes, local food vendors and adult beverages provided by OPO.

Please RSVP for each person attending the event. (RSVP's will be checked at the door)
Register Here

Moderators
avatar for Randy Schilling

Randy Schilling

OPO Startups
Chief Executive Officer and Founder of MembershipWare, a membership management software platform supporting community, directory, events and payments for associations, co-working and main street redevelopment organizations.Owner and Founder of OPO Startups. OPO Startups is an innovation... Read More →

Tuesday November 9, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm CST
OPO Startups
 
Wednesday, November 10
 

9:00am CST

Daily Espresso
Tune in to our daily look at the schedule and startup ecosystem.

Hosted by Matt Menietti and Emily Breedlove, hear updates from support organizations you know and love, discover some new ones, and get ready for the week!

Sponsored by Husch Blackwell

Wednesday November 10, 2021 9:00am - 9:30am CST
Virtual

9:00am CST

1 Million Cups
An event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the innovation community in St. Louis.. The coffee is highly encouraged.

Organizers

Wednesday November 10, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am CST
TechArtista UCity

10:00am CST

Inventing 101- A Crash Course in the Inventing Process
This session will provide tips regarding best practices to protect your ideas during development.  Topic areas will include:
  • Public Disclosure
  • NDA’s
  • Public Doman Risk
  • Discuss Inventor Risks
  • Introduce the different types of intellectual property (IP) to protect your ideas
  • Introduce easy ways to conduct Patent and Market research
  • Introduce FREE inventor services and resources
  • Provide sufficient instant information and cost-saving tips that are immediately actionable TODAY to start inventing!

Speakers
avatar for Cheri Renee

Cheri Renee

President/Founder, The Invent-ED Network Connection
Cheri Renee, MBA/MSW Business Consultant, Grant Writer, Inventor, Entrepreneur  Invent-ED Network Connection Founding President  Inventors Assoc. of St. Louis President    Cheri Renee is Private Business Consultant and entrepreneur with over 20 years of combined business management... Read More →

Organizers
avatar for Cheri Renee

Cheri Renee

President/Founder, The Invent-ED Network Connection
Cheri Renee, MBA/MSW Business Consultant, Grant Writer, Inventor, Entrepreneur  Invent-ED Network Connection Founding President  Inventors Assoc. of St. Louis President    Cheri Renee is Private Business Consultant and entrepreneur with over 20 years of combined business management... Read More →



Wednesday November 10, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Virtual

10:00am CST

Is your Cyber Hygiene up to date?
I will be going over basic cybersecurity procedures and policies to protect yourself when using the internet or any device connected to the internet. This is what is known as "Cyber Hygiene." We will talk about password managers, VPN's, multi-factor authentication, and much more. Attendees will be able to directly apply the information provided to their work and personal lives to make themselves more cyber-secure when using the internet or a device connected to the internet.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Bryan

Mike Bryan

Admissions Specialist, Claim Academy
I have my Cybersecurity Certificate from the University of Missouri at Saint Louis and have been working in youth engagement and education for the past few years. I have moved on to more of a recruiter position, but also am responsible for an Introduction to Cybersecurity course and... Read More →

Organizers
avatar for Mike Bryan

Mike Bryan

Admissions Specialist, Claim Academy
I have my Cybersecurity Certificate from the University of Missouri at Saint Louis and have been working in youth engagement and education for the past few years. I have moved on to more of a recruiter position, but also am responsible for an Introduction to Cybersecurity course and... Read More →


Wednesday November 10, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am CST
TechArtista UCity

11:00am CST

Online marketplaces: Where to start & why they rock!
Marketplace creators will discuss lessons learned from their journey(s) with a focus on getting started and why they're such great businesses at scale.

Panelists include:
  • Rohan Castelino – IRIS.TV, Vice President of Marketing
  • Amy Hollo – Built In, Chief of Staff
  • Ryan Maher – BizzyCar, CEO/Founder
  • JT Peters – Truck Driver Power (TDP), CEO/Co-Founder

What comes first, the chicken or the egg?

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This is an in-person event but you may also register for a Zoom Webinar.
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Speakers
avatar for JT Peters

JT Peters

CEO, Truck Driver Power
I'm the CEO and a co-founder of Truck Driver Power (TDP). We've built an employment marketplace for America's $2bn/year truck driver recruiting industry. Our Geospatial mobile app that we give away to truckers is like a mashup of Waze, Strava and Hired.com.



Wednesday November 10, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
TechArtista UCity

11:00am CST

Banking Office Hours, Sponsored by Bank of America
Join Justin Scholz, Sr. Vice President in Business Banking for Bank of America, and Geoff Ratliff, Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch, as they listen to your goals and share information and ideas on how to help keep your business on track and growing with solutions, strategies and connections.

Reserve your meeting time here.

Sponsored by Bank of America

Sponsors
JS

Justin Scholz

Bank of America


Wednesday November 10, 2021 11:00am - 3:00pm CST
Virtual

12:00pm CST

St. Louis's Space Startup Opportunity
A planetary science researcher with deep NASA experience, Pablo Sobron, chose to launch a deep tech company in St. Louis to serve the space race and make life better on Earth. With world class ag, health, and geospatial talent and resources, St. Louis is uniquely positioned for entrepreneurs and researchers to found companies in areas like climate tech, sustainability, remote sensing, and food security that use space and today’s space race as the impetus for growth. Impossible Sensing’s Pablo Sobron, Jonathon Volk of Space Commerce Matters, and others will discuss why Pablo chose St. Louis for their  deep tech startup, the kinds of startups that can make the most of St. Louis’s unique resources, and some opportunities to collaborate and launch many more space startups here.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84303272026?pwd=Y0ZyNTY2VzExT1NBc1FQcm1mZ2V5QT09

Meeting ID: 84303272026
Password: STLspace



Speakers
avatar for Pablo Sobron

Pablo Sobron

Impossible Sensing
I founded Impossible Sensing to create new technologies to explore space and reverse climate change.  Our innovations in optics are used, among others, to search for life on other planets and resources on the Moon, survey clean-tech minerals and biodiversity in the seafloor, measure... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Volk

Jonathan Volk

Director, Commercialization Strategies, Space Commerce Matters
I help develop space ecosystems in targeted geographic areas that bring together industry, academia, and government to generate interest in space research and commercialization; an example being the Keystone Space Collaborative (serve on Founding Board of Directors)
avatar for Dan Reus

Dan Reus

Founder and Chief Instigator, Openly Disruptive
I see potential - in people and in the future.I have the privilege of serving innovators, instigators, hackers, enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. I serve individual innovators in organizations large and small and help grow emerging ecosystems.I do this through consulting, writing, producing... Read More →

Organizers
avatar for Dan Reus

Dan Reus

Founder and Chief Instigator, Openly Disruptive
I see potential - in people and in the future.I have the privilege of serving innovators, instigators, hackers, enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. I serve individual innovators in organizations large and small and help grow emerging ecosystems.I do this through consulting, writing, producing... Read More →


Wednesday November 10, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Virtual

12:00pm CST

Mediation for Employee-Employer or Employee-Employee Disputes
Mediation for small to medium businesses

Speakers
avatar for Sheila Webster

Sheila Webster

Outreach Manager, Conflict Resolution Center-St. Louis
Sheila has years of previous experience in the corporate world, managing people, projects and situations. She joined CRCSTL in August 2020, starting first as Intake Coordinator and now Outreach Manager, she has been vital in connecting the agency with a wide breadth of community services... Read More →

Organizers
avatar for Sheila Webster

Sheila Webster

Outreach Manager, Conflict Resolution Center-St. Louis
Sheila has years of previous experience in the corporate world, managing people, projects and situations. She joined CRCSTL in August 2020, starting first as Intake Coordinator and now Outreach Manager, she has been vital in connecting the agency with a wide breadth of community services... Read More →


Wednesday November 10, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
TechArtista UCity

12:30pm CST

Getting Your Legal Ducks In A Row: A Legal Guide to Attracting Capital
Raising venture capital is a market place just like any other with investor preferences. In Getting Your Legal Ducks in a Row, Mark Graffagnini will discuss best practices for companies leading up to a financing round including ensuring their legal documents are in order, managing cap tables, and key concepts to help startups clear the way to funding.

Join the session here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_96Y8mAxdSqC6OzedSBLL_Q

Organizers
MG

Mark Graffagnini

Cara Stone, LLP


Wednesday November 10, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm CST
Virtual

1:00pm CST

Raising non-traditional capital
How U.S. companies/startups can think about and plan to raise non-traditional sources of capital; what they look like, how to get ready, and which path makes the most sense.

Visit the 4th floor of T-REX for this session.

Speakers
avatar for George Khalife

George Khalife

Vice President, Midwest U.S., Toronto Stock Exchange
In a nutshell, I'm a sales & marketing professional with a background in finance and the DNA of an entrepreneur.I'm currently based out of Chicago helping U.S. companies in the Midwest access public capital in Canada. Previous to joining the TSX, I led the marketing & business development... Read More →

Organizers
avatar for George Khalife

George Khalife

Vice President, Midwest U.S., Toronto Stock Exchange
In a nutshell, I'm a sales & marketing professional with a background in finance and the DNA of an entrepreneur.I'm currently based out of Chicago helping U.S. companies in the Midwest access public capital in Canada. Previous to joining the TSX, I led the marketing & business development... Read More →


Wednesday November 10, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
T-REX

2:00pm CST

GeoInnovation National Speaker Series
Advancing Geospatial Technology Through Startup Innovation
A conversation with four startup founders, their technology, and customers, plus why they chose St. Louis as the place to grow their companies.
The GeoInnovation National Speaker Series is a collaboration between innovation hubs Cortex, T-REX, and GeoFutures, an initiative of the recently formed regional economic development organization Greater St. Louis, Inc. that was launched in October 2019 to bolster the St. Louis region’s rapidly growing geospatial sector and develop a strategic plan for the future.


Moderators
Speakers
EG

Edward Ge

Co-Founder and CEO, Stratodyne
DK

Daniel Kuster

Founder and CEO, Cambrio
BM

Brad Martin

Co-Founder and CEO, Another Reality Studio
MN

Michael Naber

Founder and CEO, Simerse

Organizers


Wednesday November 10, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Virtual

3:00pm CST

Bring the Power of Maps and Location Services to Your Applications
Do you need mapping and location analytics to support your business? Join this session to learn all about the specifics of Esri technology and various programs to support startups, partner companies, and nonprofits. Esri’s ArcGIS System provides market-leading location services, mapping, and geospatial analytics to you as a platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS), and enterprise on-prem. Integrate your apps, content, and solutions with the most comprehensive and high-quality set of location services, data, and mapping tools available. Build with Esri’s rich APIs, SDKs, or no-code options that reduce time to market and promote creative design. The ArcGIS System offers software for developers, businesses, and organizations that need to bring location innovation into their products, solutions, and systems.

Meeting Recording:
https://esri.zoom.us/rec/share/NLKzbc4lDm1ziIh0LEOIk3pzGUlwEnca2i03MazDS5bM_yEvPqxjyilPVr8lFmLy.xLCYQ6Hz-W7PmpSm

Speakers
avatar for Katie Decker

Katie Decker

Startup Program Community Manager, Esri
Marketing and technology entrepreneur for the Esri Startup Program. A global program that helps software startups succeed by giving them free three year access to Esri's ArcGIS online services, software development tools, ready-to-use content, training, technical support, global partnership... Read More →

Organizers
avatar for Katie Decker

Katie Decker

Startup Program Community Manager, Esri
Marketing and technology entrepreneur for the Esri Startup Program. A global program that helps software startups succeed by giving them free three year access to Esri's ArcGIS online services, software development tools, ready-to-use content, training, technical support, global partnership... Read More →


Wednesday November 10, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Virtual

4:00pm CST

How to Access Military Grade Technology for Your Next Product, Service, or Business
An overview of how to license technologies from Army, Navy, Air Force, NSA, and VA research labs (plus how to access non-dilutive capital).

Visit the 4th floor of T-REX.

Speakers
avatar for David Scott

David Scott

Senior Commercialization Manager, TechLink (a DoD+VA Partner Intermediary)
I am an entrepreneur with multiple startups - one based in St. Louis (www.TotalOrbit.com) - and an experienced C-level executive and attorney, with Fortune 500 defense contractor experience and Global Law 100 top 50 law firm experience (Bryan Cave). Extensive start-up and hyper growth... Read More →

Organizers
avatar for David Scott

David Scott

Senior Commercialization Manager, TechLink (a DoD+VA Partner Intermediary)
I am an entrepreneur with multiple startups - one based in St. Louis (www.TotalOrbit.com) - and an experienced C-level executive and attorney, with Fortune 500 defense contractor experience and Global Law 100 top 50 law firm experience (Bryan Cave). Extensive start-up and hyper growth... Read More →


Wednesday November 10, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
T-REX

4:00pm CST

Geosaurus Unleashed
We’ll be highlighting Guidehouse to discuss AI impacts on the workforce of the future. T-REX company founder Daniel Weisman (of AnonHR) will be part of the panel discussion.

You are welcome to join us via zoom or in person in person:
4th Floor
911 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63101

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83833934190?pwd=b3dBK3h5OWp6R1ZYYi8vZWxMekxTdz09


Organizers
KK

Kathleen Klein

Community Director, T-REX


Wednesday November 10, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm CST
T-REX

4:00pm CST

Resource Fair
Startup Week Resource Fair where entrepreneurs can connect with local resource organizations.

Visit many Entrepreneur Support Organizations at one time. Discover how they can support you and set yourself up for success!

Save your spot to attend HERE


The following organizations are currently scheduled to participate:
Husch Blackwell
Arch Grants
CIC St. Louis
Conflict Resolution Center - St. Louis
Grind + Growth
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Illinois Innovators and Inventors
ITEN
Justine Petersen
SCORE - St. Louis Bi-State Region
Spark St. Louis
St. Louis Economic Development Partnership
STLFusion Coworking
The BALSA Foundation
ThriveCo LLC
Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis Women's Business Center
VetBiz

Sponsored by Husch Blackwell

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Grizzle

Melissa Grizzle

Director, Entrepreneur Development, ITEN
At ITEN I manage the startup programs and services, as well as our external entrepreneurship education events. I can also help tech startups navigate resources in the broader community--it's take an ecosystem to raise an entrepreneur and we've got a great map for that!ITEN recently... Read More →

Organizers
avatar for Melissa Grizzle

Melissa Grizzle

Director, Entrepreneur Development, ITEN
At ITEN I manage the startup programs and services, as well as our external entrepreneurship education events. I can also help tech startups navigate resources in the broader community--it's take an ecosystem to raise an entrepreneur and we've got a great map for that!ITEN recently... Read More →


Wednesday November 10, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm CST
4240 Duncan Ave
 
Thursday, November 11
 

9:00am CST

Daily Espresso
Tune in to our daily look at the schedule and startup ecosystem.

Hosted by Matt Menietti and Emily Breedlove, hear updates from support organizations you know and love, discover some new ones, and get ready for the week!

Sponsored by Husch Blackwell

Thursday November 11, 2021 9:00am - 9:30am CST
Virtual

9:30am CST

Entrepreneur Showcase
Hear the stories of how local entrepreneurs got their start!

Tuesday will feature Jake Page (Ciara), Rick Shang (Vulpes), and Doug Wulff (Timebolt).

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Bardot

Jennifer Bardot

VP Senior Business Banking, Enterprise Bank & Trust
Speaker, Amazon #1 Best Selling, Small Business Advocate, Top 100 People -SBM, Empower Women, Growth Mindset, Empathetic Banker, Community Volunteer AmbassadorTalks about #courage, #networking, #authenticity, #entrepreneurs, and #smallbusiness
avatar for John Knicely

John Knicely

Founder and Chief Storyteller, VITA LUX Agency

Speakers
avatar for Jake Page

Jake Page

Sales Manager, Ciara
Ramp time for sales reps takes too long.Important information is lost, and sometimes never uncovered during sales meetings.Sellers waste too much time on admin tasks.Ciara is an AI-powered conversation assistant that turns sales reps into top performers by guiding their conversations... Read More →
avatar for Doug Wulff

Doug Wulff

CEO, TimeBolt
When was the last time you watched yourself in video? Was it hard? Do you find silences, pauses, and false starts painful to sit through? We solve the problem of how to be more persuasive and sound smarter in video so people don’t zone out.Get faster more concise video in minutes.TimeBolt... Read More →


Thursday November 11, 2021 9:30am - 10:00am CST
Virtual

10:00am CST

Company Formation and Governance
Overview of requirements to form a corporation or Limited Liability Company and to manage a board of directors.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Christoffel

Greg Christoffel

Mentor, SCORE
Organizing companies, dealing with investors, strategic planning.

Organizers
avatar for Greg Christoffel

Greg Christoffel

Mentor, SCORE
Organizing companies, dealing with investors, strategic planning.


Thursday November 11, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am CST
TechArtista UCity

10:00am CST

Legal Office Hours, sponsored by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
If you need general corporate advice, lawyers from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner are here to help.

Choose to meet virtually or in-person. If opting to meet with an attorney in person regarding your company questions they will be available at the locations below. Be sure to register in advance.

10am-12pm TechArtista UCity
2-4pm - Lindenwood University Downtown

Sponsored by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Thursday November 11, 2021 10:00am - 4:00pm CST
Virtual

11:30am CST

Veterans Entrepreneurship Celebration
Starting a business is exciting, but where do you start? Ask some pros on a panel packed with Veteran business owners, led by VetBiz’s Mitch Fitzpatrick. Join a breakout session afterward to explore key foundational business issues like funding, marketing/branding, and tax formation.

Please register at: https://www.mymcpl.org/events/70897/veterans-entrepreneurship-celebration-zoom 

Speakers
avatar for Mitch Fitzpatrick

Mitch Fitzpatrick

Outreach and Training Coordinator, VetBiz
VetBiz is dedicated to helping the men and women who have served our nation in the U.S. Armed Forces. We help them achieve the American dream of transitioning from military to corporate business through training, counseling, and mentorship.

Organizers
avatar for Mitch Fitzpatrick

Mitch Fitzpatrick

Outreach and Training Coordinator, VetBiz
VetBiz is dedicated to helping the men and women who have served our nation in the U.S. Armed Forces. We help them achieve the American dream of transitioning from military to corporate business through training, counseling, and mentorship.


Thursday November 11, 2021 11:30am - 2:00pm CST
Virtual

12:00pm CST

Starting Up For Success: Fostering Effective and Inclusive Communication Climates
"Anxious about public speaking? Worried about your next (or first) pitch? Eager to hone your leadership skills? Ready to make inclusivity a priority in your organization?  Research shows that soft skills are vital to success in startups; however, they are often lacking in the start-up community, specifically STEM related startups. Leaders at startups will create more effective and inclusive communication climates when they make a concerted effort to develop soft skills along with the requisite hard skills of their sector.

In this session, facilitated by communication experts who are also start-up entrepreneurs, attendees will gain practical knowledge and take away strategic tips they can immediately put into action to begin addressing the soft skill gap between what team leaders need and what team members can provide.

Key soft skills that promote effective communication that will be addressed in this session include: understanding leadership styles and types of leadership power, addressing communication anxiety, and adapting technical and persuasive messages for lay audiences to pitch ideas and products or gain funding.

Communication effectiveness is often the priority for team leaders, but we argue that communication climates cannot be effective without also being inclusive. Soft skill training and any professional development for that matter should be couched within an understanding that systems of privilege, power, and oppression permeate even the most lateral of organizational structures. The session will conclude with a discussion of the importance of leaders speaking the language of diversity and inclusion while also modeling inclusive communication behaviors for their team."



Speakers
avatar for Richard G. Jones, Jr., Ph.D.

Richard G. Jones, Jr., Ph.D.

Founder and Owner, OverArching STL, LLC
I am an educator, consultant, author, and advocate who has worked in higher education for 17 years. In 2020 I entered a new season of my life and career as the founder and owner of OverArching STL, LLC which provides professional consulting services through Rich Consulting and innovative... Read More →


Thursday November 11, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
TechArtista UCity

1:00pm CST

It Takes A Village To Raise A Unicorn
Register Here

A moderated panel discussing why a collaborative (agtech) ecosystem is essential for growing startups. This group will represent some of the necessary roles and their perspectives for how to raise a unicorn.

Connect virtually via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82913905784?from=addon



Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Matt Luetje

Matt Luetje

Director, Business Development Ag & Food, BioSTL
avatar for Michael DeCamp

Michael DeCamp

CoverCress
avatar for Brandon Day

Brandon Day

Yield Lab




Thursday November 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Lindenwood University Downtown STL Campus, Old Post Office

1:00pm CST

Minority and Women Business Certification
If you are a Minority or Woman-owned business owner, this is the session for you! I will be providing details on how to apply for Minority and Women Business certification with the state of Missouri. I will also provide a list of our resources to help grow your business!
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_txAorISxRr6kTd3OvAP8NQ

Speakers
avatar for Joy Harris-Bird

Joy Harris-Bird

Minority/Women Certification Coordinator, Office of Equal Opportunity
I am the minority/women certification coordinator with the Office of Equal Opportunity. I certify minority and women business owners who wish to do business with the state of Missouri.

Organizers
avatar for Joy Harris-Bird

Joy Harris-Bird

Minority/Women Certification Coordinator, Office of Equal Opportunity
I am the minority/women certification coordinator with the Office of Equal Opportunity. I certify minority and women business owners who wish to do business with the state of Missouri.


Thursday November 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Virtual

2:00pm CST

How to Obtain a US Patent
This session will provide an overview of the patent process in the US. From preparing and filing a patent application to responding to rejections from the US Patent and Trademark Office to issuance and obtaining foreign protection. This session is ideal for the first time inventor who wants to understand major actions and costs associated with obtaining a patent.  Click on the following link to join our webinar:  https://slwip.zoom.us/j/92791154979?pwd=S0M2V3c4VEJyejQ5cVN3andOM2pnQT09

Speakers
avatar for Douglas Portnow

Douglas Portnow

Of Counsel, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.
I am a registered patent attorney. I work with entrepreneurs and executives to build their patent portfolios and protect their inventions.  I also work with investors to help evaluate the strength of a target company's intellectual property.  If you are interested in discussing... Read More →


Thursday November 11, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Virtual

2:00pm CST

Overview of Redirecting Negative Behavior
Challenged by poor behavior in others? What do you do, think and say when people annoy you, anger you, hurt you, worry you or insult you? Are you looking for ways to gain cooperation with difficult people, and effect change without diminishing yourself or others? Want effective alternatives to harshness or permissiveness when facing poor behavior? Participants learn about redirect, an alternative to harshness, punishment, permissiveness, or bribing to effect positive change when faced with under-performance and counter-productive behavior.

Parking: Lindenwood University Downtown has parking validation. Enter the 9th street garage off Olive and have your parking validated inside before you leave.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3142394727

Meeting ID: 314 239 4727
Passcode: 3142394727

Speakers
avatar for Judy Ryan

Judy Ryan

CEO, Author, Columnist, Consultant, LifeWork Systems
What I most want you to know is that I am committed to help anyone who cares about and has authority to develop people and healthy workforces. What people should talk to me about are any areas where they feel they or those people in their lives and work are not showing up engaged... Read More →


Thursday November 11, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Lindenwood University Downtown STL Campus, Old Post Office

3:00pm CST

Purpose Over Profit: Why having a clear mission statement is crucial to creating a thriving StartUp
Does your StartUp or organization have a mission statement? If not, you're in trouble.

Research and data suggest that companies who inspire their employees with a compelling mission and purpose outperform their competition - and it's not even close.

In this in-person session, Ben Weaver from Bigger Story will teach you why having a clear purpose and mission is crucial to growing a thriving StartUp. You'll learn how to create a mission statement that inspires your team, attracts top talent, and leads to better performance and profits.

Parking:
Lindenwood University Downtown has parking validation. Enter the 9th street garage off Olive and have your parking validated inside before you leave.

READ MORE ABOUT THE EVENT HERE

Interested in attending this session virtually? We'll be hosting the presentation on Zoom, too! 
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO ATTEND VIRTUALLY

Speakers
avatar for Ben Weaver

Ben Weaver

Founder & CEO, Bigger Story Consulting
Ben Weaver is the Founder & Lead Consultant of Bigger Story, a consulting firm that helps organizations and their leaders increase their profits and reach by re-aligning their purpose.  Ben has over 20 years of experience as a speaker, author, and leader and is passionate about helping... Read More →

Organizers
avatar for Ben Weaver

Ben Weaver

Founder & CEO, Bigger Story Consulting
Ben Weaver is the Founder & Lead Consultant of Bigger Story, a consulting firm that helps organizations and their leaders increase their profits and reach by re-aligning their purpose.  Ben has over 20 years of experience as a speaker, author, and leader and is passionate about helping... Read More →


Thursday November 11, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Lindenwood University Downtown STL Campus, Old Post Office

4:00pm CST

WashU Startup Showcase
3 WashU faculty members will present mini talks (10 minutes each) to share how their startups were founded and 5 ways their startups are #inSTLforSTL

Featured Startups: Wugen, DeepSight, Inc. and Caelivascular
Moderator: Dedric Carter

Watch the recording of the session.

Moderators
Speakers
KO

Kristen Otto

Washington University

Organizers
KO

Kristen Otto

Washington University



Thursday November 11, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Virtual

4:00pm CST

Boosting profitability through payments: How to accept and integrate payment options
Most startups have unique needs when it comes to accepting payments. The fees associated with accepting payments are often the second-highest expense for a business behind labor. Also, knowing the best solutions to accept payments can have dramatic effects on revenues.

In this session, we will lay out the competitive landscape of payments solutions. You will learn how to choose the best solutions for your business, minimize the fees associated, or turn payments into a lucrative revenue stream. After this session, you will be able to boost your business’s profitability through payments. 

This session is led by the founders of Swipesum, a group of software-enabled payments consultants.

Parking: Lindenwood University Downtown has parking validation. Enter the 9th street garage off Olive and have your parking validated inside before you leave.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Seaman

Stephen Seaman

COO, Swipesum
Co-Founder here at Swipesum. My main responsibilities are working with our sales and operations teams as we help integrate payments and solve complex payments issues. I would say I spend most of my time helping enterprise companies, software companies, saas companies, and one of our... Read More →
avatar for Michael Seaman

Michael Seaman

CEO, Swipesum
I'm the CEO of Swipesum based in St. Louis. We moved to town in 2018 after receiving an Arch Grant. We have raised >$3M in funding for our venture, grown the team to around 10 people full time, and have reached profitability. Open to network and share experiences. 

Organizers
avatar for Stephen Seaman

Stephen Seaman

COO, Swipesum
Co-Founder here at Swipesum. My main responsibilities are working with our sales and operations teams as we help integrate payments and solve complex payments issues. I would say I spend most of my time helping enterprise companies, software companies, saas companies, and one of our... Read More →


Thursday November 11, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Lindenwood University Downtown STL Campus, Old Post Office

4:30pm CST

ITEN 2nd Thursday: The Art of Storytelling for Entrepreneurs
ITEN 2nd Thursday
The Art of Storytelling for Entrepreneurs
featuring John Knicely, ITEN Mentor and former KMOV News personality

Learn how to get crystal clear on who you need to reach and how to build the message that will best resonate with your target audience. Whether you are looking to attract customers, investors, or even new team members communicating your story in a clear and compelling way is a must for any startup. As the Founder and Chief Storyteller of VITA LUX Agency, John Knicely aligns people, performance and profits, helping companies of all sizes craft a powerful brand story. John spent 17 years as a news anchor reporter in major markets including St. Louis, Dallas, Seattle and Charlotte finding and communicating impactful stories, and he is now teaching others how to do the same.

Lindenwood University Downtown (815 Olive Street, St. Louis 63101)
Parking: Lindenwood University Downtown has parking validation.  Enter the 9th street garage off Olive and have your parking validated inside before you leave.

EVENTBRITE REGISTRATION

Moderators
avatar for Melissa Grizzle

Melissa Grizzle

Director, Entrepreneur Development, ITEN
At ITEN I manage the startup programs and services, as well as our external entrepreneurship education events. I can also help tech startups navigate resources in the broader community--it's take an ecosystem to raise an entrepreneur and we've got a great map for that!ITEN recently... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Knicely

John Knicely

Founder and Chief Storyteller, VITA LUX Agency


Thursday November 11, 2021 4:30pm - 5:30pm CST
Lindenwood University Downtown STL Campus, Old Post Office

5:00pm CST

Battle of the Saints Teen Challenge
Battle of the Saints Teen Pitch Challenge

STL's Innovative teens, ages 10-18,  have 3 minutes to pitch a business concept to a panel of expert industry judges during STL Startup Week on November, 11th, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at Cortex, Innovation Hall, @4240 Duncan Ave for a chance to win up to $1000.  

Pitches will be evaluated on Risk Vs. Reward, Traction, Business Model, Market and Future Plans.

This event is sponsored by Enterprise IT and Masterclock, Inc and hosted by Parkway Spark! & Webster Groves Thrive.

***Please note this event is live only for participants and judges.   Support youth entrepreneurship by registering to attend this event virtually. 
Battle of the Saints Webinar Registration Link 

The session will be live streamed and may be viewed by registering on this link:
https://parkwayschools-net.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Mc-czHoJRZ-yzSDuaOnMcA

If you would like to pitch at this event, please contact, Xanthe Meyer, xmeyer@parkwayschools.net by Oct. 20.  


Moderators
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Xanthe Meyer

Program Director, Parkway Spark! Business Incubator
My passions are teenagers, industry, and start ups.  Parkway Spark! Business Incubator is a collaborative, real world experience that focuses on building the growth mindset in students by partnering with industry leaders and community, by utilizing entrepreneurial opportunities... Read More →


Thursday November 11, 2021 5:00pm - 8:00pm CST
Virtual

5:00pm CST

Battle of the Saints Teen Challenge Viewing
Watch the Battle of the Saints Teen Challenge while attending sessions at Lindenwood University Downtown STL Campus.

Thursday November 11, 2021 5:00pm - 8:00pm CST
Lindenwood University Downtown STL Campus, Old Post Office

6:00pm CST

Press Pass STL
Startup founders will hear from journalists about how they select which stories to tell, and how best to communicate with them.
A lively Q&A, where YOU get to grill the media and WE answer your questions is a big component of this panel.
On the stage:
* David Nicklaus, St. Louis Post-Dispatch business columnist
* Nathan Rubbelke, INNO-St. Louis/St. Louis Business Journal reporter
* John Armand, retired Dateline NBC producer (via Zoom)
* Paul Riat, 4thEst8 publisher

Emcee: Emily Breedlove, Executive Director of Tech STL
This is a hybrid event. In person seating is limited. 

Click HERE to register for in-person (social 5 to 6 and program 6 to 7)
This event is in the Lindenwood 
Click HEREto register for the Zoom webinar (program from 6 to 7)
 * In-person attendees are required to mask.


Moderators
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Emily Breedlove

Executive Director, TechSTL

Speakers
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Paul Riat

Publisher, 4thEst8
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David Nicklaus

Business Columnist, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
avatar for John Armand

John Armand

Ret. Producer, Dateline NBC
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Nathan Rubbelke

Reporter, St. Louis Business Journal

Organizers
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Paul Riat

Publisher, 4thEst8




Thursday November 11, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm CST
Lindenwood University Downtown STL Campus, Old Post Office
 
Friday, November 12
 

9:00am CST

Daily Espresso
Tune in to our daily look at the schedule and startup ecosystem.

Hosted by Matt Menietti and Emily Breedlove, hear updates from support organizations you know and love, discover some new ones, and get ready for the week!

Sponsored by Husch Blackwell

Friday November 12, 2021 9:00am - 9:30am CST
Virtual

9:30am CST

Entrepreneur Showcase
Hear the stories of how local entrepreneurs got their start!

Friday will feature Howard Fields (EduOpenings), Sat Ramphal (Maya AI), and Edward Thornton (Street Genius).

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Bardot

Jennifer Bardot

VP Senior Business Banking, Enterprise Bank & Trust
Speaker, Amazon #1 Best Selling, Small Business Advocate, Top 100 People -SBM, Empower Women, Growth Mindset, Empathetic Banker, Community Volunteer AmbassadorTalks about #courage, #networking, #authenticity, #entrepreneurs, and #smallbusiness
avatar for John Knicely

John Knicely

Founder and Chief Storyteller, VITA LUX Agency

Speakers
avatar for Sat Ramphal

Sat Ramphal

CEO, Maya Ai
🌴4X founder & CEO of Maya Ai | Innovator in Ai and Voice | Florida born 🏖Dropped into life at 19 when I went into entrepreneurship and never looked back. 10 years later I hold a passion to help future innovators become more efficient in the growth of their business.
avatar for Edward Thornton

Edward Thornton

CEO, Street Genius Innovations
Edward Thornton Is A Software Developer from St. Louis Missouri. He created Street Genius Innovations, Street Genius is a Software & Innovations firm founded in Missouri. We strive to bridge the gap between people and technology, by developing tools to make life easier. Our aim is... Read More →


Friday November 12, 2021 9:30am - 10:00am CST
Virtual

10:00am CST

Sales ... Who Me?
I don’t know about you, but I did not start my business because I wanted to be a salesperson. Let’s face it, when you think about salespeople, we don’t always have positive thoughts.
As a solopreneur or entrepreneur, we wear many hats, it just so happens one of those hats is sales … otherwise known as relationship building. This session will be about tapping into your entrepreneur mindset to generate more revenue. Let’s face it, the best product and/or ideas won’t matter if you don’t have positive cash flow.

We will learn:
- Revenue building techniques for both in person and virtual conversations.
- Key attributes of today’s clients; what’s important to them and why should they want to talk to you?
- Learn to look differently at your entrepreneur mindset to increase revenue.

Speakers
Organizers

Friday November 12, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am CST
Spark St. Louis

11:00am CST

Show Me The Money: A Panel on Business Funding
At some point, every business needs money, but the trick is knowing what type of money you need and when! On this panel we will learn about all kinds of St Louis funding from loans to grants to investment. (And more importantly, where to go to find it.) Bring your questions about funding and your business cards because our panelists are ready to share their immediate capital opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Breedlove

Emily Breedlove

Executive Director, TechSTL
avatar for Galen Gondolfi

Galen Gondolfi

Chief Communications Officer, Justine Petersen
avatar for Julia Campbell

Julia Campbell

Arch Grants
avatar for Brian Matthews

Brian Matthews

Cultivation Capital

Organizers
avatar for Emily Breedlove

Emily Breedlove

Executive Director, TechSTL



Friday November 12, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Spark St. Louis

1:00pm CST

Empathizing with your customers to build products they love
When you're a startup just learning your consumer base, how do you find the balance between building good products while continuing to listen to and satisfy the needs and wants of your customer? During this presentation, LaunchCode will explain its 6-step process of segmenting and interviewing users to identify trends, selecting pilot partners, negotiating an MVP, prototyping MVPs, and developing KPIs for continuous product improvement. LaunchCode has used this model to double revenue in the last three years and will provide real-world examples to help you do the same!

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Neal

Ryan Neal

Director of Talent Solutions, LaunchCode
I love helping startups develop MVPs, negotiate deals, and scale

Organizers
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Leah Freeman

Director of Public Relations, LaunchCode


Friday November 12, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm CST
Techartista Downtown

2:00pm CST

Grow Your Startup Using Video
Nick Niehaus, co-founder and Head Trainer of Business Video School, will show you how to create compelling video content with just a phone. You'll learn simple steps you can follow to create video content that attracts customers, helps you recruit top talent, improves your customer service, or even streamlines the operation of your business! Learn to use the most effective form of communication your startup has available without spending a dime!

Speakers
Organizers

Friday November 12, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Techartista Downtown

3:00pm CST

Networking it's your Superpower, you are your brand!
Today, informal teams are formed every minute. By striving for “team building” rather than networking, you can form more solid, mutually rewarding relationships. You will learn how to take others more seriously, listen more carefully, make clearer requests of others, respond more decisively and successfully to the requests, and, most importantly, develop a group of people you can count on in the future. Join Kesha as she delves into practical, real life tools that tap into your natural superpowers. Bring your capes: networking is a SUPERPOWER! 1. Explore real-life ways to connect with teams, organizations, individuals and clients as well.

2. Learn to see your relationships, each and every one, as gifts.

3.Establish clear, realistic, and measurable ways to connect on any level, with anyone

Speakers
avatar for Kesha Kent

Kesha Kent

CEO, National Talent Leader, MrsKeshSpeaks, LLC
CEO and Founder of MrsKeshSpeaks-Kesha Kent is a wife, mother, a High Energy Speaker,  Amazon Best Selling Author, Podcast Host and National Talent Leader with Ascension Healthcare.She has over 15 years experience in Human Resources, Recruitment, agency staffing and corporate recruitment... Read More →

Organizers
avatar for Kesha Kent

Kesha Kent

CEO, National Talent Leader, MrsKeshSpeaks, LLC
CEO and Founder of MrsKeshSpeaks-Kesha Kent is a wife, mother, a High Energy Speaker,  Amazon Best Selling Author, Podcast Host and National Talent Leader with Ascension Healthcare.She has over 15 years experience in Human Resources, Recruitment, agency staffing and corporate recruitment... Read More →


Friday November 12, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Techartista Downtown

4:00pm CST

Closing Party: Bourbon Friday
Limited Capacity seats available

In this special edition of Bourbon Friday, we're celebrating another successful Startup Week and reconnecting with the community after so many months at home. If you register here you do not need to RSVP on Eventbrite

Join us in the ballroom of Techartista Downtown for:
Open Bar (Beer, Wine, and Soft Drinks)
Light bites from local providers
The Founder's Bourbon Tasting Bar
Indoor & Outdoor Spaces
DJ and more!

Schedule
4:00-5:15pm - Arrivals
5:15-5:30pm - Host & Sponsor Remarks
5:30-8:00pm - Mix & Mingle

What's Bourbon Friday?
Bourbon Friday is the weekly social gathering celebrating startups, entrepreneurs, and changemakers in St. Louis and beyond. For the last 4 years we've come together to share our stories, struggles, experiences, and yes, a little bit of bourbon.

Parking & Transporation
We recommend that attendees use rideshare apps like Lyft & Uber. Parking is available in the Keiner East & West Garage.
There is also limited street parking for Bourbon Friday.
Garage locations
Keiner Plaza East at 500 Pine Street 
Keiner Plaza West at 604 Pine Street

COVID Information
Masking is expected in indoor spaces will not eating and drinking. As an added, precaution, the ballroom will be ventilated to the outside air. Weather permitting we will also have access to the patio adjacent to the ballroom so that attendees can get a bit of fresh air.

Masks and Sanitizers are available upon request.



Speakers
avatar for Erik Lutenegger

Erik Lutenegger

Founder of Tenacity, Host of Bourbon Friday
Erik Lutenegger is the Founder of Tenacity, a web development agency specializing in the creation of tightly branded websites utilizing open source technology with a focus on performance optimization. Built on his 20 years experience, the company's portfolio has quickly grown to cover... Read More →

Organizers
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Bourbon Friday

Bourbon Friday is a multi-channel community that showcases and celebrates startups, entrepreneurs, and changemakers. It's a place where we as a community can share our stories and struggles. Our goal is to create a real platform through great drinks and better conversations. It's... Read More →

Sponsors


Friday November 12, 2021 4:00pm - 8:00pm CST
Techartista Downtown