Save the dates: NOVEMBER 9-13, 2020

What is stl startup week?

Join us for STL Startup Week to celebrate the St. Louis region’s entrepreneurs.

It’s on! Experience the programs, the spaces, and the biggest annual events of this vibrant startup community. Celebrate the successes of 2020 and learn about the resources available for powering your startup and growing your company.

Be inspired with programs and events including top speakers

Experience 20+ coworking spaces and all the services they offer

Build in-demand skills to work in the innovation community

Explore STEM opportunities for K-12 students and educators

The St. Louis entrepreneurship scene has an energy 20 years in the making. 

Come engage and connect with 5,000+ people from the St. Louis startup community at this celebration of all things entrepreneurial and uniquely St. Louis.

For questions or to add an event to the calendar, contact Phyllis Ellison at

Quick fact:

St. Louis' rank* in the Forbes top 10 list of rising cities for startups:

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Meet the team

STL Startup Week is produced by a dedicated volunteer coalition comprised of leaders, entrepreneurs, and community organizers.

Phyllis Ellison

Vice President of Partnerships and Program Development, Cortex Innovation Community

Phyllis Ellison has been working to grow the St. Louis entrepreneurship community since 2005, creating resources and events to support entrepreneurs. In addition to her role at Cortex, Phyllis manages Startup Connection and InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum, and is a community organizer for House of Genius and STL Startup Week.

Startup Resources Team:

Alexces Bartley

Network Builder, MOSourceLink

Entrepreneurs should talk to Alexces about getting connected to support resources to help them start and grow their business. Entrepreneur Support Organizations (ESO) should talk to Alexces about increasing visibility of their services to entrepreneurs and connecting with ESOs all over Missouri. Investors should talk to Alexces about introductions to startup ecosystems across Missouri. Economic Developers, city governments, etc. should talk to Alexces about the economic contributions of entrepreneurship.

Frank Hopper

Program Director, Capital Innovators

Frank is the Program Director at Capital Innovators. There he oversees the operations of the accelerator program as well as recruiting and sourcing deal flow, due diligence, mentor relations, investor relations, marketing, and innovation consulting. Frank has a passion for the Startup Ecosystem in St. Louis and believes that it has the potential to have an outstanding positive impact on the region.

Jonathan Allen

Editor-in-Chief, Entrepreneur Quarterly

Jonathan Allen is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of EQ. He is also the President and Co-founder of Longneck & Thunderfoot (L&T), a brand publishing company incubated at the Columbia University Startup Lab in NYC. After winning an Arch Grant, he moved to St Louis in the summer of 2016.

Matt Menietti

Consultant, MRM Consulting, LLC

Most recently, Matt served as the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the St. Louis Regional Chamber, a membership-based organization driving economic development in the bi-state area. His work at the Chamber centered around strengthening capacity and connectivity within the region’s emerging startup ecosystem. Prior to his position at the Chamber, Matt spent 4+ years as the inaugural Executive Director of a local tech-focused nonprofit called GlobalHack, which organizes civic-focused software competitions and youth coding programs. In June of 2012, he was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 list of up-and-coming young professionals and, more recently, was named to their 2017 list of Diverse Business Leaders. He is an avid champion and advocate for the St. Louis startup community, having organized several volunteer-led hackathons, meetups, and events. He is an aspiring triathlete, amateur photographer, and Star Wars trivia night competitor.

Melissa Grizzle

Director, Entrepreneur Development, ITEN

At ITEN Melissa manages startup programs and services, as well as their external entrepreneurship education events. She also helps tech startups navigate resources in the broader community--it takes an ecosystem to raise an entrepreneur and ITEN has a great map for that! ITEN recently launched The Eureka Experience, a two-part program that helps founders build a strong path from idea to product/market fit.

Skill Building Team:

Cari Perez

GA Expansion Team, General Assembly

Joining GA in 2019, Cari is the on-the-ground leader to fuel GA's market expansion to Miami. She has been trained by world class engineers to integrate marketing, education and technology; and is a mix between media production, brand development and project management.

Ola Ayeni

Chief Idea Officer, Claim Academy

Ola Ayeni is dedicated to providing students with the tools to change their lives. He is an Arch Grant Award Winner, and he is the founder and Chief Idea Officer of Claim Academy, a Coding Bootcamp in St. Louis.

STEM Team:

Natalie Self

Executive Director, STEMSTL

Natalie Self is the Executive Director at STEMSTL, a collaborative consortium committed to equitable access to high-quality STEM learning and employment opportunities for all learners in the St. Louis metro region. Natalie has an extensive background in building a more equitable St. Louis through cross-sector collective leadership, operationalizing equity frameworks for regional change, and national grant-making.

PR, Storytelling & Social Team:

Julie Maurer

Competition Manager, Arch Grants

Julie Maurer is the Competition Manager at Arch Grants, a nonprofit organization that is building a new economy by providing $50,000 equity-free grants and pro bono support services to entrepreneurs who locate their early-stage businesses in St. Louis. She is responsible for the planning and execution of Arch Grants’ Global Startup Competition, with a focus on strategic marketing and outreach to local, national and international prospective applicants. She carries an enthusiasm for startups and community building and is dedicated to making St. Louis thrive.

Lindsay Van Quaethem

Principal & Founder, City Block

Lindsay A. Van Quaethem is the Principal & Founder of City Block. With more than 8 years of experience in communications, branding and community engagement, Lindsay launched City Block in 2017. Lindsay is a born and raised St. Louisan — prior to City Block, she spent 6 years as the Marketing Manager for Downtown STL, Inc., which allowed her to share the stories of St. Louis straight from the heartbeat of the region. Lindsay loves the narratives of her hometown and would be honored to tell your story! Connect with her at

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