Published on March 4, 2014
Hitchhiker's Guide to the St. Louis Tech Scene Last Updated 2/28/2014
Meetups ● StartLouis - monthly tech meetup ● 1M Cups - weekly pitching and feedback meetup, Wednesdays at 9am at KETC ● 2nd Thursdays - monthly ITEN sponsored networking happy hour at the Tavern of Fine Arts ● St. Louis Game Developers Meetup ● Women Entrepreneurs of St. Louis (WEST) ● Start30 - general meetup for startups, tech, culture, art ● EO - Entrepreneur’s Organization - Peer networking for founders of later stage (e.g. not concept) startups. ● Application Developers Alliance ● Code Until Dawn - last Friday of the month, all night hacking session at LockerDome. ● List of St. Louis Tech Meetups on meetup.com
Conferences and Hackathons ● St. Louis Startup Weekend - build a company in 54 ● ● ● ● ● ● ● hours. National movement of startup events. Product Camp - unconference for product people Strange Loop - Multi-disciplinary conference for technologists and big thinkers GlobalHack - St. Louis-based hackathon series. Civic Hackathon - local movement organized around National Day of Civic Hacking. InvestMidwest - venture capital forum Gateway to Innovation (G2i) - national IT conference StampedeCon - big data conference series
University Resources ● Skandalaris Center (Washington University) ○ Ken Harrington, Director ○ Aimee Dunne-Zander, Outreach ○ Stacy Pearson, Programs ● John Cook School of Business - Center for Entrepreneurship (St. Louis University) ○ Jerry Katz, Professor ○ Tim Hayden, Director ● Bob Virgil Center for Entrepreneurship (HarrisStowe University) ○ Shawni Jackson, Co-Director ● Innovative Technology Enterprises at UMSL
Coworking Spaces and Incubators ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Lab1500 - co-working space at 1500 Washington Avenue, downtown St. Louis T-REX - startup space in downtown St. Louis. 70+ startups and 200+ people. Nebula Coworking - Space near Cherokee Street. Design, tech, artist, freelancer-focused Cortex - St. Louis hub for bioscience and technology research, development and commercialization ○ Center for Emerging Technologies IT Enterprises - UMSL collaborative space, for startups in chemistry, nanotechnology and IT STLVentureWorks - network of country-run incubators Center for Impact - social enterprise incubator / accelerator Arch Reactor - largest hackerspace in St. Louis Cambridge Innovation Center Claim - co-working space in downtown St. Louis (Railway Exchange Bldg)
Accelerators and Mentoring Groups ● go-celerator! - 12 month equity-free program for one young founder per year ● SixThirty - FinTech Accelerator - ~4 month program for financial tech startups, takes equity ● Capital Innovators - 12 week program for tech startups with traction, takes equity ● Arch Grants - Business plan competition, doles out (20) $50K equity-free grants per year in to startups in tech, bio, and consumer products ● ITEN (IT Entrepreneur’s Network) - nonprofit that provides free programs, events, and access to resources for early stage tech startups
Angel & Venture Capital Groups ● Cultivation Capital - pre-A round VC firm for tech and life sciences ● St. Louis Arch Angels - angel group investing in early-stage startups ● Billiken Angels - angel group connected to St. Louis University ● iSelect Fund - build-your-own private equity, personalized fund
Growth Funding ● ● ● ● ● Advantage Capital FTL Capital Thompson Street Capital Partners Regional Growth Capital Saturday Capital
Entrepreneurial Dev / Design Shops ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Integrity Steady Rain The Able Few Spry Digital The Net Impact Wired Impact - nonprofit web design/apps Happy Medium Atomic Dust
Design Resources ● St. Louis AIGA ● St. Louis Design Week ● Graphic design contractors (list)
Journalists and News ● Techli - Edward Domain and Caryn Tomer ● St. Louis Business Journal - Brian Feldt ○ TechFlash ● ● ● ● St. Louis Post-Dispatch - David Nicklaus St. Louis Beacon - David Baugher St. Louis Egotist Hacker News (national) - y combinator started tech/geek news thread and forum
Other Resources ● Accelerate St. Louis - resource database and community calendar for the St. Louis startup scene. ● Startup Genome - free and open platform for collecting, curating and analyzing data about the local startup activity ● LaunchCode - helping St. Louis grow tech talent base through pair programming and group learning.
Scaling Tech Companies to Watch ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● LockerDome FoodEssentials Tunespeak Gainsight Hatchbuck Aisle411 Click With Me Now Juristat BusyEvent Time to Cater ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Norse TrakBill Lumate RoverTown Gremln Bonfyre PixelPress Answers.com BidRazor Material Mix Upside
People to Follow ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● @mattmenietti @bmatthews840 @clebeau82 @TravisSheridan @dylanized @saburkett @jennydibble @jimmyb31560 @EdwardDomain @janignitiontank @2000f @meporter @jon ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● @WhiteboardDerek @next90guy @TheJoeFischer @Newlouventures @tymathews @CarynTomer @lniedner @kylewelborn @mikeaorlando @robinrath @Kulig62 @aaronmottern @marshal
People to Follow (cont’d) ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● @chris_degroat @AaronPerlut @DrewWInship @AlexCruz4u @RyanRakestraw @nicoletteand @jon_leek @PatentEnabler @tarapham @DanReus @sensoredmedia @Danlohman ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● @JoeReaganSTL @zoescharf @jeromekatz @toddmetheny @MrSondag @wylodude @ronstoryjr @bredon @elbryant1226 @IsraelVicars @pheirendt @sommerscm
How to Connect ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Maintain a good balance of giving and taking - what can you offer the startup community? Be respectful of people’s time - don’t always ask for an hour in person meeting. Ask questions via email or schedule 15 minute phone calls to start. Don’t ask investors/mentors to sign NDAs - figure out a way to talk about your idea without disclosing your ‘secret sauce’ Attend events and meetups first - chances are, people will refer you to them. Be friendly and thank people for their time and/or advice, even if you don’t agree with it. Immerse yourself in the community - get a desk at a co-working space, volunteer at a startup event, be active on sites like Quora, Twitter, GitHub, Reddit, etc. Give and receive. If you’re asking for help, consider how you can give back.
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