St. Louis Startup Community Reaches Critical Mass at StartUp Connection

ST. LOUIS, MO, October 30, 2012 (StartUp Connection) —­­ Startups, investors, and entrepreneur support organizations in St. Louis joined together on October 25th for the StartUp Connection Fall Showcase, an event attended by over 600 people, 45 select startup companies, and 50 resource support organizations, with over $25,000 in prizes awarded to presenting companies.

“This was a landmark event for the St. Louis startup community, highlighting the variety of our best startups and the great range of services available to entrepreneurs in our region. We want to congratulate all of our prize winners and thank the sponsors who made this possible”, said Pete Peters, Executive Director of InnovateVMS, the lead organizer of the event.

BioSTL awarded a $2,000 prize to Healthy Me and a $1,000 prize to Retectix. St. Louis Arch Angels awarded a $1,000 Bioscience prize to Retectix and a $1,000 Tech prize to Dining Circle. Mueller Prost PC awarded a $1,500 prize to aisle411. Polsinelli Shughart PC awarded $4,000 in legal services to aisle411. Hostirian awarded a $2,000 prize to Evtron, a $1,000 prize to Codesteader, and a $1,000 prize to Stackify. Systematic Revenue awarded $1,000 prizes to IDC Projects, Tunespeak, adfreeq, and Viewpoint. Cultivation Capital awarded a $2,000 prize to LockerDome.

The People’s Choice Awards let the audience select the winners. Over 600 attendees voted online live at the event, submitting over 2,400 votes for their favorite startups in five industry categories. The People’s Choice Award recipients were Material Mix in the area of Clean Tech, Chaheati in Consumer Products, Nanopore Diagnostics in Bioscience, Food Essentials and Tunespeak in Early Stage Tech, and LockerDome in Growth Tech.

“What an exciting day for the startup community in St. Louis! We want to thank all of our volunteers and sponsors who participated”, said Peters.

The sponsors of the event included: The St. Louis Business Journal, AEGIS Professional Services, BioSTL, Polsinelli Shughart PC, Hostirian, St. Louis RCGA, Systematic Revenue, AHM Financial Group, Cultivation Capital, EO ­St. Louis, Icarus Agency, Mueller Prost PC, St. Louis Arch Angels, Ameren, Brown Smith Wallace LLC, CreatiVenture Law LLC, Insperity, Professional Employment Group, Segue Partners, St. Louis County Economic Council, and the St. Louis Development Corporation.

The Startup Connection event was held at Saint Louis Science Center’s Exploradome. Billy Busch and the leadership team of William K. Busch Brewing Co. shared insights about starting up his new beer Kräftig. Edward Domain of Techli emceed the Awards Ceremony. The organizers of the event are excited that this sets a new standard for the entire St. Louis startup ecosystem.

About Startup Connection

StartUp Connection, held twice a year, is a showcase of the best startup ventures in the St. Louis area, designed to provide connections to talent, investors, key support resources, and fellow entrepreneurs. More information is available at www.StartUpConnection.org

Contact: Phyllis Ellison at 314‐862‐4869 or 314‐610‐0545 pellison@innovatevms.org.

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