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What’s Up This Week – Week of 5/07

May 8 – Cortex Commons Maker Market with TechShop

Join Cortex and TechShop St. Louis for Maker Monday in the Cortex Commons! Check back for updates on vendors later this week. We’ll have vendors set up beneath the shade structure from 11 am – 1 pm and you can shop while you’re waiting for your lunch. Vendors includes… Food trucks: Locoz Tacoz, Gioia’s Deli, STL Kettle CORN; Shopping truck: Fashion Van Go. Makers to be announced.
11am-1pm, Cortex Commons, 4270 Duncan Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

May 9th – Seminar: OTM: Working with You to Protect and Promote Your Innovations

Jennifer Richards, PhD, Licensing Associate, Office of Technology Management, Washington University
12pm-1pm., East Pavilion Auditorium, BJH South, 1st floor

May 9th – Venture Cafe Night: Activate [Spaces]

Join us for Venture Café Night: Activate. Hear from local influencers who are activating space, providing resources and support for underrepresented entrepreneurs. The event hosts changed up the format from previous events into a collaborative brainstorming sprint meant to accelerate the progress of the best and most impactful ideas.
5pm-8pm., Launchcode Mentor Center, 4811 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108

May 10 – 1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.
9am-10am., T-Rex, 5th floor, 911 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63101

May 11 –  Venture Cafe Gathering

The weekly gathering of innovators and startups. A place for serendipitous collisions to occur. Each week there are roundtable discussions, information tables, office hours with thought leaders, and guest speakers relevant to the ecosystem. For more info visit
3pm-8pm, Venture Cafe, 4240 Duncan Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

May 11- ITEN Main Event: Connecting with the Ecosystem as an Early-Stage Entrepreneur

Got an MVP? Trying to get to that proof of concept? Still confirming the best business model? Come hear about resources available in the St. Louis innovation ecosystem for early-stage entrepreneurs, give us feedback on what you need and connect with other founders! ITEN will be joined by ecosystem colleagues from CET and BALSA Foundation.
5:30pm-6:30pm. The Venture Cafe Gathering, 4240 Duncan Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110

May 11 – TechShop STL Open House

Join the community of makers at TechShop STL for and Open House event! See machine demos, meet members, and get inspired! Tours available on the half hour. Free and family friendly.
6pm-9pm. TechShop St. Louis, 4260 Forest Park Ave, St. Louis 63108

May 11 – Checking the Pulse: Funding, Diversity and Perception in the St. Louis Startup Community

Brown Smith Wallace will unveil and share the results of their second St. Louis Startup Community Survey. Cathy Goldsticker will moderate a panel discussion about the business opportunities and challenges the St. Louis startup community is facing. Panelists include Scott Bernstein (Principal, Lewis & Clark Ventures), David Dresner (Founder, Sleeve a Message), Ginger Imster (Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership), Jerry Schlichter (Founder and Managing Partner, Schlichter Bogard & Denton, LLP; Chairman and Co-Founder, Arch Grants) and Dr. Cheryl Watkins-Moore, MBA (Director, Bioscience Inclusion Initiative, BioSTL; Co-Founder, Accelerated Rehabilitation Technologies, LLC).
6:30pm-7:30pm. The Venture Cafe Gathering (Havana), 4240 Duncan Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110