Doubling Down on Startups in 2018

Our startup and entrepreneurial services team has been reflecting on the past year of successes and growth in the St. Louis startup ecosystem. The past year has seen some big news coming out of the St. Louis ecosystem, such as the first corporate accelerator program in the country thanks to Ameren, some impressive exits including Confluence Life Sciences, and the birth of new startup capital sources. These are just a few of the many impressive accomplishments of St. Louis startups and the startup ecosystem over the past year.

As you may have picked up in past newsletters, and hopefully in meeting our team members out in the startup community, we are passionate about the St. Louis startup ecosystem. Due in part to big news like this, and even more because of the creativity and dedication of the entrepreneurs behind the companies they create which lead to this big news.

We take our commitment to the St. Louis startup ecosystem very seriously, and we’re “doubling down” on startups in 2018.  Just how are we doing that?  Well, we’re glad you asked…

1. Startup Social at 4 Hands Brewing

We are excited to host our 4th annual startup social on January 23, 2018. We hope you can join us at 4 Hands Brewery for a fun night of celebrating startups in St. Louis and to kick off the new year. There will be games to play, 4 Hands’ delicious brews on tap and Peacemaker seafood to appease your appetite. Oh, and the Blues game on the big screen.

2. Startup Education Series

We enjoy a good social event as much as the next startup, but we are also here to help startups grow through education. We’re excited to add to our startup education series in 2018. Our startup tax, accounting and financial experts are taking the show on the road.

Our next educational event is on January 18, 2018 at Venture Café. We hope you can join us for a very timely topic:  Tax 101 for Startups. Learn more about Tax 101 at Venture Cafe.

3. Startup Client Spotlight

Since entrepreneurs and startup companies are what fuel the growth of the ecosystem, we want to help them share their story. Through our monthly Startup Client Spotlight, we hope to do just that. We hope you enjoyed the first edition in November, 2017, which featured Babyation, and that you will enjoy this month’s feature on AGOGIE. Submit your startup for our Startup Client Spotlight.

4. Startup Blog Series

Just as we are enhancing our startup education series, we are taking our startup blog to the next level in the New Year. You can count on us to bring you the hot topics and key technical issues that will add value to your startup. Sign up for our startup blog to get the latest startup news in your inbox.

5. St. Louis Startup Awards Event

Given all the big news over the past year and all the momentum the St. Louis startup ecosystem has been building, it’s time for an awards celebration to highlight the many achievements of the startups, entrepreneurs and big thinkers that make it happen. We’re partnering with several key St. Louis startup supporters to bring a first-of-its-kind awards event to St. Louis. Keep an eye out for more information on this exciting night in May 2018.

As you can see, we are taking our commitment to the St. Louis startup ecosystem to a whole new level in 2018. We hope you will take advantage of all we have to offer, and that you will help us kick of the year on January 23 at 4 Hands Brewery.