Startup Missouri Expo is a free annual trade show designed to connect small business owners, serial entrepreneurs and young startups with resources to help them develop, manage, maintain and improve their businesses. This expo focuses on our state’s exciting and burgeoning startup community and innovative entrepreneurs who are changing the face of Missouri’s economy. Click here to read more about the 2019 Expo.
The expo is the ideal venue for entrepreneurs, startups, incubator tenants, business owners and ancillary businesses that support small businesses.
The 2020 Startup Missouri Expo is set for September. Check back for updates. Hope to see you there!
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Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Louis – Chesterfield,
16625 Swingley Ridge Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017
2019 Schedule of Events
7 a.m.: Check-in starts
Exhibition hall is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
8 a.m.:Breakfast, with keynote speaker Tom Schlafly
10 a.m.: Entrepreneurship panel discussion (Click here for more information)
11 a.m.: Educational session, group No. 1 (Click here for more information)
Noon: Lunch, with keynote speaker Gary Wilbers
1:30 p.m.: A conversation with Dr. Deb Carlin and other leaders of the Missouri Venture Forum (Click here for more information)
1:30 p.m.: Educational session, group No. 2 (Click here for more information)
2:30 p.m.: Educational session, group No. 3 (Click here for more information)
4 p.m.: IdeaBounce® competition (Click here for more information)
Confirmed educational sessions
Sessions at 11 a.m.
- Avoiding Patent Pitfalls: Lessons Learned from an American Inventor with Michael Saigh, founder of Equine Smartbits, serial inventor and entrepreneur, former stockbroker and business professor.
- How to Bootstrap Your Startup with Sarah Schlafly, co-founder of Mighty Cricket. Read more about the company.
- Pathway: An Entrepreneurial Roadmap From Idea to Success with Stephen Von Rump of ITEN, the St. Louis-based catalyst for tech innovation
Sessions at 1:30 p.m.
- The Art of the Side Hustle with Douglas Villhard, Washington University’s Academic Director for Entrepreneurship
- How to Save $13,000 (or more) Each Year by Leveraging St. Louis County’s Library’s Resources and Services with Jennifer Gibson, St. Louis County Library Reference Manager. Gibson is spearheading the small business initiative at the library.
- Patents, trademarks and copyright with Kirk Damman, a patent lawyer and partner with Lewis Rice who brings big-firm help to small companies and startups by helping them to protect and market their great ideas
- Workforce Development for New Entrepreneurs with Mardy L. Leathers, Director of the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development
Sessions at 2:30 p.m.
- How the Department of Labor Can Help You with Your Startup with Chris Slinkard, director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Missouri Division of Employment Security, whose extensive knowledge of all divisions and services can help your small business
- Intellectual Property and Relevant Resources at the St. Louis Public Library with Elanore Chadderdon, librarian at St. Louis Public Library
- Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits with Tracy James, managing attorney for the Microenterprise Program of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, which provides legal advice for low-income entrepreneurs
- Women’s Business Enterprise Certifications and its Benefits with Jacinta L. Witherspoon, associate director, WBE Certification/St. Louis
Session at 10 a.m.
- Cliff Holekamp, co-founder and managing director of Cultivation Captial, a St. Louis-based venture capital firm, and former Academic Director for Entrepreneurship at Washington University.
- Richard Lozano, founder of monikur, a numberless texting app that provides cell phone privacy for professionals. Lozano is an attorney in St. Louis.
- Kimberly Moos, founder of Chesterfield-based Cotton Cuts. Moos, a former biomedical engineer with Mallinckrodt, launched a subscription-box service for quilters.
- Michael Saigh, founder of Equine Smartbits, serial inventor and entrepreneur, former stockbroker and business professor. Read more about Smartbits.
- Drew Winship, CEO of Juristat, a St. Louis-based company that allows patent prosecutors to predict the behavior of their examiner, competitors and potential clients using big data analytics.
Afternoon session: A conversation with Dr. Deb Carlin and other leaders of the Missouri Venture Forum
In this discussion moderated by Dr. Deb Carlin, Missouri Venture Forum CEO and President, learn more about the forum, its successes through its 36-year history and its mission to support entrepreneurs.
- Dr. Deb Carlin, CEO and president of the Missouri Venture Forum. Carlin is a doctor of psychology, research methodologist, human performance architect and lifelong entrepreneur.
- Adam Herman, former board member of the Missouri Venture Forum. Herman, a CPA, is a partner and chief visionary officer of Mueller Prost CPAs and Business Advisors in St. Louis, where he oversees the strategy and direction of the firm, leads growth and new service initiatives and manages the firm’s industry leaders, sales and marketing efforts.
- Gerald M. Richardson, secretary of the Missouri Venture Forum. Richardson is a member at the Evans & Dixon law firm in St. Louis. For nearly 30 years, his practice has focused on helping employers resolve problems in relationships with employees and job applicants, as well as advising on labor- and employee-relations issues.
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The Washington University in St. Louis’ Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship presents IdeaBounce® at Startup Missouri Expo 2019. This is a chance for anyone with an idea to apply to give a 2-minute “elevator pitch,” get feedback and meet others interested in helping ideas move forward.
Finalists will be picked to present their pitch during the Expo to a panel of judges, and one will be selected to win a cash prize. Inventors, founders and startups from across the state are invited to apply, so bring ideas, friends and an excitement for innovation.
Tom Schlafly is the chairman of the board of The Saint Louis Brewery LLC, which brews Schlafly Beer. In 1991 the brewery received the first microbrewery license issued by the state of Missouri. It was the first brewery of any size to open in St. Louis since before Prohibition. It is now the largest American-owned brewery in Missouri. Schlafly has written a book, A New Religion in Mecca: Memoir of a Renegade Brewery in St. Louis.
Schlafly is a senior counsel at the law firm Thompson Coburn. Since 2012 he has been one of the St. Louis Blues’ owners. He serves on the board of Legg Mason Partners Equity Trust, which oversees more than 40 mutual funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs) with a combined value of more than $50 billion. He also serves on the boards of Citizens National Bank of Greater St. Louis and several not-for-profit organizations, including the St. Louis Public Library, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and the Crudem Foundation, which oversees a hospital in Milot, Haiti. He was formerly a commentator on St. Louis Public Radio and the chief lyricist for The Courthouse Steps, a troupe of singing lawyers.
Schlafly received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University. In 2018 he received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He grew up in St. Louis and lives in the Central West End with his wife, Ulrike, a native of Cologne, Germany.
He has also written three books, Positive Culture Wins, 21 Ways to Attract, Retain & Engage Millennials and The High Achiever Leadership Formula.
Wilbers helps people take CHARGE: Create Habits Around Real Goals Everyday, which has become a mantra for taking daily action toward the goals you seek in business and life.
He is involved in his community and gives his time and resources to several organizations, and his passion is working with Special Olympics Missouri. Wilbers currently serves as Chair of the Special Olympics Missouri Board of Directors and also served as the Capital Campaign Chair for the Training for Life Campus fund drive which funded the building of a state-of-the-art facility for Missouri athletes. One of Wilbers’ greatest joys is playing unified golf with Keith Lueckenhoff, a SOMO athlete.
Wilbers and his wife, Dana, have three children, Chris, Adam and Elle, and live in Wardsville, Missouri.
Ample FREE PARKING is available. The venue is close to the airport, major interstates and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis.
Expo passes are FREE with registration, giving you access to educational sessions, exhibits and panel discussions.
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