Startup Connection: “It’s Exothermic!”Applications are open for this year’s class of Ventures

Startup Connection ’19, the St. Louis region’s largest event celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship, returns on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, as the anchor event of STL Startup Week.


Startup Connection is entering its 11th year, bringing the startup community together for one high-energy evening, with a regular attendee declaring “It’s exothermic!” Attendees come back every year to feel that energy, connect with others in the startup community, and celebrate individual and community successes.


The evening celebrates more than 60 of St. Louis’ top startups, along with more than 40 entrepreneur support organizations (ESO) who are building the strong innovation ecosystem where these startups can launch and grow.


Startups interested in being a part of the Venture Showcase can apply at www.startupconnection.org/venture-showcase through September 3, 2019. To request to participate in the Resource Fair, ESOs can go to www.startupconnection.org/resource-fair.


 Last year’s event attracted more than 1,000 entrepreneurs, investors, business people, scientists and students who support the St. Louis innovation scene. “Each year our community has so much to celebrate,” said Startup Connection Managing Director Phyllis Ellison, vice president of partnerships and program development at the Cortex Innovation Community. “There is only one event that shines the spotlight on the entire startup community for an evening – Startup Connection – and it continues to draw an enthusiastic crowd every year. To see the creativity, dedication, and commitment of our startups to launching and growing their businesses is inspiring!”


Startup Connection ’19 will take place Wednesday, November 6, at The Globe Building at 710 N. Tucker in Downtown St. Louis, running from 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. The Globe Building is the hosting facility and is joined by Washington University in St. Louis returning as the Resource Fair sponsor.


About Startup Connection: Startup Connection showcases some of the top early-stage startup ventures in St. Louis across a variety of industry sectors including advanced manufacturing, biotech, consumer products, education, FinTech, and tech.


Startup Connection ’19 is organized by Arch Grants, BioSTL, Cortex Innovation Community, GlobalHack and ITEN. 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 the investment community to celebrate the region’s early-stage startups.


For more information visit startupconnection.org.