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Startup Connection Announces 70 Startups for Venture Showcase

Startup Connection, the St. Louis region’s annual event focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, takes place on November 16 at Washington University. Today, event organizers announced the 70+ startups selected to participate in this year’s Venture Showcase. These companies will have the opportunity to pitch to members of the innovation and business community and in front of an expected audience of more than 1,300.

As the region’s largest startup event, Startup Connection highlights the breadth of innovation in St. Louis across various industry sectors. The 70+ early-stage startups represent industries ranging from biotechnology and advanced manufacturing to consumer products and tech. The event also features a Resource Fair for organizations that provide resources, services and connections for startup companies.

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Kathleen Bauer of T-REX speaks with Startup Connection attendees. Photo courtesy of Startup Connection

“Startup Connection is a great event to attend to see what’s new in St. Louis’ startup community,” said Startup Connection Managing Director Phyllis Ellison, director of entrepreneur services and institutional & corporate partnerships at the Cortex Innovation Community. “We have an exciting group of companies this year that really emphasizes the variety of technology and innovation happening in the region.”

Attendees can hear companies’ 60-second pitches, meet the ventures and browse the Resource Fair on Wednesday, November 16 at Knight Hall on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis from 4:30 until 9pm. New this year is a student competition.

Accelerate St. Louis is returning as the title sponsor for the event, and Simplify Commerce and Washington University in St. Louis are returning as Venture Showcase sponsor and Resource Fair sponsor, respectively.

Here is the list of the 70 startups selected to participate in Venture Showcase:

Aggio
AirZaar
Appbase
Applied Particle Technology
Arch Innotek
Aunt Flow
Babyation
Bandura
Better Weekdays
Blue Line Technology
Bridgit2College
Cast
Codemjoi
Companion Kombucha
Cotton Cuts
CredEd
DeepGene
Displays That Pay
Dynamic Surgical
Eat Kid Friendly
Eureka Analytics
FocalCast
Geneoscopy
GiftAMeal
Griffin 3D
Helper Helper
Hemadvance
Hockey Valet
Hoperator
Hummingbird Technologies
Idiomatic
Impact Control Wheel
International PROOF Systems
Ivani
Key Pls
LawSourceLive
Lean Media
Less Annoying CRM
Lifepack
Lipospectrum
Longneck & Thunderfoot
MathBRIX
MyResApp
Naked Bacon
nanoMetallix
Olio City
Pasilobus
Paw Friction
PFITR
Pikazo
Pro-Arc Diagnostics
Pyngby
Riley’s Premium Pet Products
Roy Learning Company
Ryvit
SafeTrek
Send Well Wishes
SensrTrx
SmartCare
Solemender
Soozie’s Doozies
Sparo Labs
Spectrum Perception
Squarefruit Labs
Start Right Foods
Tallyfy
Tersa
The Call List
Tiny Superheroes
Upaya Pharmaceuticals
Viosera Therapeutics
Where Do You Nom
Whoozini

Startup Connection ’16 is organized by Arch Grants, BioSTL, Cortex Innovation Community, Eagle Bank and Trust Co., GlobalHack, ITEN, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, St. Louis Makes and the St. Louis Regional Chamber. Started in 2008 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 investment community. This year included the addition of a Host Committee focusing on outreach, comprised of Eagle Bank and Trust Co., Anders CPA + Advisors, Cultivation Capital, Full Circle, and MasterCard.

Tickets to Startup Connection are $25 and are available online.

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Before selling the publication in 2017, Kelly Hamilton co-founded EQ with the ALIVE Media Group (where he was a co-founder too). After earning an M.A. in literature at Washington University in St. Louis, Kelly cofounded ALIVE in 2002. He believes becoming an entrepreneur can change not only the life of that entrepreneur, but also his/her community and the world, and that being able to tell stories of transformation like that is the best job one could have.

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