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The VC Model Is Broken — Here’s How to Fix It

How can you fix a model that nearly everyone agrees is in need of some drastic retooling? Claims of excessive fees, too much meddling, and poor returns to investors are common complaints about the current...

Three Health Firms Dominate at Startup Connection

A trio of medically related companies dominated the Startup Competition for the fifth-annual Startup Connection this year, walking away with $100,000 in total. Nanopore Diagnostics, a producer of 30 minute-test doctors can use to detect...  [Read More]

The Growth of the Billiken Angels Network

  Recently, I wrote about the St. Louis Arch Angels. However, they are not the only angel group active in the St. Louis entrepreneurial ecosystem. The other angel investing network in the region, the Biliken...  [Read More]

St. Louis Arch AngelsBring Influx of Capital to St. Louis Startups

  At a recent meeting at Washington University’s Olin School of Business, four different companies (Better Weekdays, Pulse Therapeutics,Prosper Women’s Entrepreneurs and Elemental Enzymes) each pitched their business to a group of local investors. And local investors were...  [Read More]

SLU Pure Idea Generator Champions

Saint Louis University held its, ‘Pure Idea Generator’ Competition recently and held the finals at the City Museum in downtown St. Louis. Students were given a challenge and then the 24 finalists met at the...  [Read More]

BREAKING: TrackBill Raises $1 Million

  St. Louis startup TrackBill has just closed a $1.025 million dollar seed stage led by Cultivation Capital.  Previously Trackbill raised $500,00 from Cultivation Capital and the new raise finalizes their seed round. Previously known as...  [Read More]

LearnCore On Winning Startup Voodoo

The following article comes to us from Ethan Linkner, cofounder of LearnCore, who won ‘Most Promising’ at Startup Voodoo As a bootstrapped business, we tend to pass on conferences. They take key players off the...  [Read More]

Startups: Apply Now For Balsa Foundation $5K Grants

The BALSA Group, a student-led non-profit consulting corporation, has launched The BALSA Foundation, an initiative that aims to assist budding entrepreneurs in starting new businesses. Founded on the premise that entrepreneurship should be accessible to...  [Read More]

GlobalHack III To Be Hosted in Ferguson, Missouri

    Building on the success of its first two hackathons, GlobalHack has announced the details for its highly anticipated third event: GobalHack III. GlobalHack, a non-profit organization that fosters talent and innovation through coding...  [Read More]

BREAKING: FoodEssentials Raises $1.5M ; Opens Chicago Office

October 15, 2014- Today the SEC database published St. Louis startup (and Arch Grant recipient) FoodEssentials is raising a Series A investment round and just closed a little over $1.5 million from the Mercury Fund out of...  [Read More]

StartUp Connection 2014 Names Top Startups for Venture Showcase

  ST. LOUIS, October 14, 2014 – StartUp Connection ‘14, St. Louis’ largest celebration of entrepreneurship, today announced the lineup for its Venture Showcase, a select group of 70 startups and emerging companies that will have the opportunity...  [Read More]

SixThirty Accelerator Announces New Cohort

St. Louis-based Financial Technology Accelerator SixThirty announced its new class of startups at T-Rex Monday evening, with the class each receiving a $100,000 equity investment. These were the four startups: Davo Technologies (Based in Montclair, NJ): Company’s patented...  [Read More]

8 Things Your Enterprise Startup Must Have Before Approaching Investors

If your startup makes software for corporations, you’re in good company. Last year, 70 percent of the largest VC deals made in the first half of 2013 went to enterprise tech companies. And in the...  [Read More]