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St. Louis Startup Resources At-A-Glance

“St. Louis has the one of the fastest growing startup scenes in the country, thanks to a supportive business culture that nurtures new tech ventures from the ground up. If you’re on the hunt for co-working spaces, incubators, coding meetups, or business resources, bookmark our St. Louis Startup Resources list and visit often for the latest updates.” Read the full EQ article here.



Cultivation Capital Announces Team Expansion With New Hire

Cultivation Capital Announces Team Expansion With New Hire ST. LOUIS (MO) August 1, 2016 – Cultivation Capital, a St. Louis-based venture capital firm, announces today their newest hire, Christian Taylor. Christian is joining the team as a Principal and will be focused on the new SixThirty CYBER accelerator program backed by Cultivation Capital. Christian, a St. Louis native, was the founder and CEO of the...

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St. Louis Innovators Go To France and Ireland

“Thirty St. Louis innovation leaders, including representatives from St. Louis economic development agencies, elected officials, entrepreneur support organizations, startup companies and multi-national corporations, wrapped a six-day delegation to Ireland and France last weekend. I was fortunate enough to join the delegation. As a storyteller in our city’s innovation ecosystem, what better job could I have than to be on location with this group, sharing St....

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Cultivation Partners With Nestle Purina and Active Capital For Pet Startups

“Startup companies offering pet-care products and services could win up to $20,000 in cash and support through a new Pet Care Innovation Prize, supported in part by Nestle Purina PetCare. The prize, a partnership between St. Louis-based Nestle Purina, Active Capital and Cultivation Capital, is part of a competition to identify and support early-stage pet-care companies in what is a $60 billion annual market in...

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Investment Update: Tech Fund I and Tech Fund II

“Cultivation Capital released an update today on their two technology funds, Tech Fund I and Tech Fund II. Since the beginning of 2016, 12 investments have been made in 22 portfolio companies and three accelerators totaling $6,499,986. Since April 2012, Tech Fund I has invested in a total of 14 portfolio companies and 2 accelerators (Capital Innovators and SixThirty FinTech Accelerator). The total amount invested...

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Washington & Lee Alumni at Work, Cliff Holekamp

“When large companies abandoned St. Louis, Mo., in the 1990s and early 2000s, the city was left with a void that was shrinking its economic base. Today the city is much stronger, and is, according to Business Insider, the U.S. city with the fastest growing start-up scene. Cliff Holekamp ’96 had a lot to do with that turn-around. In his role as senior lecturer and...

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SafeTrek Wants To Keep You Safe

“Gabby Hinojosa works in fundraising and spends late hours at her office near Washington University. At night, she walks to her car alone and uses SafeTrek, a personal safety app on her smartphone. When she’s in areas she considers dangerous, Hinojosa holds down a blue button image on the app. After safely reaching her car, she releases the button, enters a personal identification number and...

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PromisePay Is Solving Online Payment Problems With Trust

“When online payments first began over three decade ago, many doubted it would be universally accepted. Inability to trust and the risk of fraud were cited as the major reasons to deny it. But of course today, the story is markedly different. People are comfortable with punching in personal payment info and transacting a lot of money, expecting exactly what they paid for. Yet online...

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Bluebridge Introduces Emplify

“FISHERS, Indiana (July 20, 2016) — Bluebridge, a SaaS mobile audience engagement app platform, today announced the launch of Emplify, its new platform dedicated to measuring and driving employee engagement. With a $3 million Series A led by Allos Ventures and Cultivation Capital, with participation from Bob Davoli and with returning investors Bill Godfrey, Tim Kopp, and Mark Hill. Bluebridge will continue expanding the Emplify...

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Cultivation Capital Leads $1.2M Financing Round in S4

ST. LOUIS (MO) July 19, 2016 – Cultivation Capital, a St. Louis-based venture capital firm, is pleased to announce an investment in S4, a data gathering and analytics company that provides risk management solutions to financial, agribusiness, and farming players through its algorithms. S4 has completed a $1.2M round of financing for improving and expanding database processing capabilities, commercial object development in the U.S., developing...

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