Startup Connection

Startup Connection 2017 Expands To Bigger Venue With Express Scripts Leading Sponsors

The St. Louis region's largest annual event celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship, Startup Connection, now in its ninth year has announced a new venue and a new lead sponsor. The event will take place on November 15, 2017 at The Globe Building at 710 N. Tucker.

Last year’s event attracted 1,400 entrepreneurs, investors, business people, scientists and students that support the St. Louis innovation scene. Started in 2009 as an effort to connect IT startups with corporate talent, Startup Connection has grown to be a collaboration of the St. Louis entrepreneur support organizations, civic entities and the investment community to celebrate the region’s early-stage startups.

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Startup Connection 2015 | Photo via Startup Connection, by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that deals get done at Startup Connection, whether that’s finding an awesome new hire or meeting a new partner company to collaborate on an event together.

Venue Change

The evening will move into expanded quarters at The Globe Building at 710 N. Tucker, near the T-REX technology incubator.

“We’re thrilled with the continued growth of both the event and St. Louis’ entrepreneurship community!” said Startup Connection Managing Director, Phyllis Ellison, director of entrepreneur services and institutional & corporate partnerships at the Cortex Innovation Community.

“It’s been about putting the entire breadth of high growth entrepreneurship on display, under one roof, for one energy-packed night. There is only one event that shines the spotlight on the entire startup community for an evening – Startup Connection.”

Express Scripts Will Be Leading the Event as Presenting Sponsor

In an inspiring demonstration of commitment to entrepreneurship by one of the region’s leading enterprise corporations, Express Scripts is joined by The Globe Building as the hosting facility and by Washington University returning as the Resource Fair sponsor.

“Express Scripts is proud to be born, raised and growing in St. Louis, and through our sponsorship of Startup Connection ’17, we hope to inspire the next generation of successful startups” shared Brian Henry, vice president of corporate communications.

Here’s What Upstarts and Startups Need to Know:

Startup Connection is the anchor event for Global Entrepreneurship Week in St. Louis and showcases some of the top early-stage startup ventures in a variety of industry sectors including: advanced manufacturing, biotech, consumer products, education, FinTech, and tech.

  • Over 75 startups participated last year in the 2016 Startup Connection Venture Showcase. If you’d like to be one of the presenting companies at the 2017 Venture Showcase, applications are open now.
  • Startup Connection features an expanded student competition in 2017. Ten ventures will represent the region’s student talent in companies that are moving into the market place. Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite student companies to win $2,500 in prizes sponsored by Arch Grants.
  • Startup Connection ’17 will take place Wednesday, November 15 at The Globe Building at 710 N. Tucker in Downtown St. Louis, running from 4:30pm until 9 p.m.

Startup Connection ’17 is organized by Arch Grants, BioSTL, Cortex Innovation Community, Enterprise Bank & Trust, GlobalHack, ITEN, and the St. Louis Regional Chamber.

Tickets Available Now

The event continues to expand in 2017, so be sure to get your tickets here to support your friend’s ventures, meet the people creating jobs and driving innovation in the region, and even learn about entrepreneurship yourself. You’ll get the opportunity to meet over 60 top startups and find assistance at the Resource Fair from 50+ entrepreneur support organizations.

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