St. Louis Press Pass

by St. Louis Regional Chamber | Sep 23, 2016
St. Louis Gaming Startup Pixel Press Scores With Mattel Partnership
(Huffington Post, 9/21/16)
After recently being cited by FiveThirtyEight as being America’s “New Startup Frontier,” St. Louis’ entrepreneurial ecosystem got yet another shot in the arm when gaming technology startup Pixel Press — with a high profile deals already on the books with Cartoon Network, Toys-R-Us and GameStop among others — this week announced a new partnership with Mattel. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Following Ikea’s opening, state sales tax revenue climbs 40% in 63110
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/22/16)
Ikea is noted for its ready-to-assemble furniture and inexpensive home gadgets, but in its Midtown neighborhood it’s becoming known as a big driver of revenue since opening Sept. 30, 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
IBEW St. Louis Convention Gives Back to the Gateway City
(Construction Forum STL, 9/22/16)
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) International Convention in St. Louis continues this week, providing a significant economic boost to the Gateway City. It is the third largest convention being held in St. Louis this year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Stifel: A powerhouse in public finance
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/23/16)
The first week in August was the biggest ever for the public finance group at Stifel Financial Corp., which underwrote transactions totaling more than $1.2 billion. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Want a low-interest loan? St. Louis is the right place
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/22/16)
In many ways, St. Louis banks are doing the best they have done since before the recession. >> CLICK FOR MORE
TheBANK of Edwardsville honored with national award
(, 9/22/16)
TheBANK of Edwardsville has been nationally recognized by the American Bankers Association Foundation for its Fairmont City Center with a 2016 Community Commitment Award. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Capital Innovators Announces Fall 2016 Accelerator Class
(EQ, 9/19/16)
St. Louis-based Capital Innovators announced at an event at CIC that the accelerator program has invested in six high-growth companies for its Fall 2016 cohort. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Stadia Ventures Announces Fall 2016 Cohort In Sports Business Accelerator
(EQ, 9/21/16)
After receiving over 200 applications from around the world, Stadia Ventures announces its Fall 2016 cohort for the Stadia Sports Business Accelerator today. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Lewis & Clark leads $6.5 million investment in health care startup
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/21/16)
Lewis & Clark Ventures, the venture capital firm founded by Tom Hillman last year, has led a $6.5 million Series B financing round for Wisconsin-based health care startup called Catalyze. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Economic Development Partnership expands startup incubator with $2 million grant
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/20/16)
The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership has received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to expand its Wellston startup incubator. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Washington University launches seed fund to invest in startups
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/19/16)
Washington University has launched a $2 million seed fund named after its founder William Greenleaf Eliot. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis gives Ireland a look for ag tech innovation
(St. Louis Public Radio, 9/22/16)
In a glass-encased room under a white tent, ag tech startups took to a stage in a pitch competition on Tuesday. It was just a small part of the National Ploughing Championships in Ireland, what is now the largest ag trade show in Europe. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Hacking Homelessness: St. Louis' Largest Hackathon Is About More Than Money
(St. Louis Magazine, 9/16/16)
The tech world has knitted code into all manner of fixes for life’s little annoyances, such as avoiding wait times at restaurants or finding traffic shortcuts. But this month, more than a thousand programmers, designers, and entrepreneurs will begin hacking away in St. Louis at something much bigger: homelessness. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Ascension sees fiscal 2016 profit fall on higher revenue
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/16/16)
A major acquisition and the addition of new hospitals helped St. Louis-based Ascension increase revenue 6.6 percent in fiscal 2016 though profit tumbled. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Ag Showcase breeds collaboration, $225,000 grant
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/15/16)
When the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center first started its Ag Innovation Showcase event seven years ago, the plan was to build and reinforce St. Louis’ status as the global center of plant innovation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Lab space crunch: Urgency builds for biotech startup labs in wake of Monsanto deal
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/18/16)
Seven years ago, Pfizer began cutting hundreds of research jobs from its former campus in Chesterfield as it moved much of its new drug development to the Boston area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis researchers hope genetically modified crops can prevent hunger in East Africa
(St. Louis Public Radio, 9/22/16)
As botanist Nigel Taylor moves through a greenhouse kept to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and 80 percent humidity, he checks the stems of young, potted cassava plants. >> CLICK FOR MORE
The business of education
(The Alton Telegraph, 9/17/16)
As far as education and earnings levels go, St. Louis isn’t too shabby. >> CLICK FOR MORE
SIUE alumns' pioneering technology transforms inclusive learning
(, 9/16/16)
With the influx of digital technology in classrooms, the educational benefits abound for many students. But the accessibility of those gadgets is lacking for approximately six million U.S. students with special needs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Federal grant will help low-income students take AP tests
(St. Louis Public Radio, 9/20/16)
Students from low-income students in Missouri and Illinois will be getting money from Washington to help pay for taking Advanced Placement tests. >> CLICK FOR MORE
City Foundry project to include high-rise offices and apartments
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/23/16)
The planned $340 million redo of the Federal-Mogul foundry in midtown St. Louis as a trendy food hall and high-rise apartments and offices includes taxpayer help. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Building smarter, safer infrastructure
(The Source, 9/21/16)
A team of engineers from Washington University in St. Louis is turning to cloud computing for a smarter, self-monitoring solution that can better sound the alarm in specific cases of infrastructure failure. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Do we ‘have an absolute disdain for density?’ Comparing St. Louis to industrial cities in Europe
(St. Louis Public Radio, 9/20/16)
As St. Louis looks to the future, it is worth a peek into the not-too-distant past to understand how other cities have overcome declining population and aging infrastructure. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Shows Biggest Gain in Foreign-Born Population of 20 Largest Metros
(Riverfront Times, 9/20/16)
They're coming to America — and then they're coming to St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Ferguson bakery helps create opportunities for area youth
(KMOV, 9/20/16)
Natalie Dubose opened Natalie's Cakes and More in June of 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri just two months before Michael Brown's death and the unrest that followed. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Missouri Theater Embraces Ferguson Echoes In 'Antigone' Production
(NPR, 9/17/16)
Some TV stars will perform Sophocles' Antigone on stage in Ferguson, Mo., tonight. The ancient Greek drama is expected to resonate with its theme of an individual's struggle against the state. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Zoo Conservation Program Receives National Award For Protecting Ozark Hellbender
(The Missourian, 9/21/16)
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that the Saint Louis Zoo received Significant Achievement in AZA’s 2016 North American Conservation Award for its Ozark Hellbender Augmentation Program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Murmuration is a different type of festival
(Belleville News-Democrat, 9/21/16)
The Murmuration festival debuts this weekend in the Cortex district of mid-town St. Louis. Its focus is art, music, science and technology. >> CLICK FOR MORE