Startup Expo

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Louis – Chesterfield,
16625 Swingley Ridge Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017


Startup Missouri Expo is an 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 will focus on our state’s exciting and burgeoning startup community and innovative entrepreneurs who are changing the face of Missouri’s economy.

The expo is the ideal venue for entrepreneurs, startups, incubator tenants, business owners and ancillary businesses that support small businesses.

Expo Agenda

Check-in starts at 7 a.m.

Exhibition hall is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Breakfast, with keynote speaker Tom Schlafly at 8 a.m.

Morning education sessions and panels from 9 a.m. to noon (see below for confirmed participants)


Afternoon education sessions and panels from 1 to 5 p.m. (see below for confirmed participants)

Panel discussions will also be available throughout the day

Confirmed panelists

  • Charlie Backer, founder of St. Louis-based Hot Charlie’s Hot Sauce. Backer recently signed a deal with Home Goods to distribute his products nationally.
  • 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.

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Confirmed educational sessions

  • The Art of the Side Hustle with Douglas Villhard, Washington University’s Academic Director for Entrepreneurship
  • How to Bootstrap Your Startup with Sarah Schlafly, co-founder of Mighty Cricket. Read more about the company.
  • How to Save $13,000 (or more) Each Year by Leveraging Your Library’s Resources and Services with Jennifer Gibson, St. Louis County Library Reference Manager. Gibson is spearheading the small business initiative at the 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
  • 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
  • Pathway: An Entrepreneurial Roadmap From Idea to Success with ITEN, the St. Louis-based catalyst for tech innovation
  • Women’s Business Enterprise Certifications and its Benefits with Jacinta L. Witherspoon, associate director, WBE Certification/St. Louis


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Keynote Speaker

Tom Schlafly

Tom Schlafly

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 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.

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. Want to attend our keynote speech? Buy a Keynote Add-On today.

Want to get involved by being an exhibitor or a sponsor? Click here!


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