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If you are curious about the culture of entrepreneurism and start-ups shaping St. Louis, Wednesday's StartUp Connection
2014 event was a must-see.
Nanopore Diagnostics, a producer of 30 minute tests doctors can use to detect bacterial infections, won the top prize of $50,000 at the event held at Saint Louis University.
More than 70 local companies pitched their businesses at the event. In total, nearly 130 startups and service provider firms were on hand. Startup Connection is held as a resource for entrepreneurs and a way to highlight St. Louis’ growing startup scene
In addition to Nanopore, Zymplr, the developer of a football helmet with the potential to significantly reduce concussions, took the runner-up prize of $30,000. Immunophotonics, a biotechnology firm, won the third-place prize of $20,000.
Four other companies received Bright Future Awards – awards given to minority, women, veteran or immigrant-owned businesses – of $5,000: Better Weekdays (minority-owned), Blue Line Security Solutions (veteran-owned), HIPAAtrek (women-owned) and Zymplr (immigrant-owned).
Other winners at Wednesday’s event included: Prosper Women Entrepreneurs ($1,250 cash):
Champio Simplify Commerce by MasterCard ($1,500 in-kind, free processing of $50,000 in transactions):
Unique Metal Color Art ($1,250 in-kind):
Gremln Mueller Prost ($1,250 in-kind):
Hyde Bank of America ($1,250 cash):
Immunophotonics Spry Digital ($1,500 in-kind):
Arvegenix EO ($1,600 in-kind):
Dabble CIC ($2,000 in-kind):
BarrelFish Stone Carlie ($2,500 in-kind):
Unique Metal Bryan Cave ($5,000 in-kind):
Lipospectrum iSelectFund ($7,500 in-kind):
TAKO Polsinelli (Three $4,000 in-kind):
Dabble, Better Weekdays, Cast Hostirian.com ($5,000 in-kind):
Love Will Inc. CreatiVenture Law (Two $1,250 in-kind):
Lipospectrum, HIPAATrek BioSTL (Two $1,250 cash):
Talariant, YourBevCo Cultivation Capital (Two $1,000 cash):
Nanopore Diagnostics, PFITR Lewis Rice: ($2,500 cash):
Learn more about St. Louis' commitment to developing innovation and entrepreneurship
in the region.
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