Weekly Update

New Funding & Opportunities, Science Showcase, Acquisitions, Commercialization & More

By April 13, 2021 No Comments

Welcome to Venture Café St Louis weekly update covering opportunities for founders to discover, start, and grow their ideas.

Are you building a company? We’d love to hear what you’re building. Share at a Work In Progress event, pitch during Pitch Nite, or let us know if we can help you with feedback or introductions through Connect.

Startup Opportunities

Venture Cafe Pitch Nite 026 applications are still open. Apply to pitch and win $500 thanks to Spectrum Reach. Apply now.

  • ⚜️  🛰 New Geo-Seed Grant Program from T-REX. Up to $20K per proposal to support geospatial research and development. Apply here.
  • ⚜️  💻  Arch Grants Global Startup Competition applications are open until April 30. Apply for $50K in non-dilutive capital + mentorship and coworking space. Learn more and apply.
  • ⚜️ 🤝 Investors: InvestMidwest is still open for investors interested in seeing what deals are getting done. Join here.
  • 💰 🌾 USDA announces $1 million in grants. The grant supports through a one-to-one dollar match for new market opportunities in U.S. food and agricultural products and encourages research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the marketing system. Learn more and apply.
  • 💰 👔 Onramp Insurance accelerator (part of gener8tor) applications are open | $100K++ | Learn more.
  • 💰 👨🏾‍💼 Visible Hands applications are open for underrepresented founders | $200K | Learn More
  • 💰 🙍🏿‍♀️ $5-10K grants available to Black women founders | Learn more

In other news

  • Spark St Louis, the newest coworking space opening in Ballpark Village, is aiming for a June opening. Learn more here.
  • Medtech startup, SentiAR, which developed visualization tech for surgical use, just secured $5.1 million in Series A funding. Read more.

Community Opportunities

Working on a startup, small business, or technology project and need a connection? Let us know by dropping us a note at connect@vencafstl.org. We can help you privately or add your request to our newsletter.

New Opportunities:

Open Opportunities

  • Cheryl Hammond has built a pre-launch site dedicated to discovering and creating self-guided tours. Cheryl is currently looking for professional and amateur tour guides to upload tours. Connect.
  • Devon Moody-Graham is in the early stages of a new startup, BubbbleMate, a laundry service marketplace, and is currently signing up washers if you know anyone looking to earn extra money.
  • Chaos Audio is looking for music geeks to join their Kickstarter. Learn more.
  • Wellbeing Brewing is looking for someone who can infuse liquids with ingredients & support with e-commerce. Connect.
  • AB Mauri North America is looking for creative ideas for their next trade show (i.e., VR, NFTs, AI, art and technology). Connect.
  • Sports Dojo is looking for beta testers. Connect.
  • Kanopi is looking for beta testers. Connect.

All these startups and opportunities can also be found in our Startup Directory. If you have an opportunity just send us a note and we’ll include it in our update.

This Week

april, 2021

Office Hours

Office Hours: A Conversation To Start Your Cash Flow Planning During COVID-19

Replay Previous Learning Labs

“Advice for entrepreneurs: the hardest part is starting…If you have the spirit and the drive, you are only holding yourself back if you don’t do it…It is very scary but until you take that leap it will always be a hitch.”

Brad Martin, founder of Another Reality Studio from the How I Built It series with T-REX.


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Have an Opportunity?

If you need connections for your startup or project send us an email to connect@vencafstl.org and we’ll do our best to connect you.