StartUp Connection Showcases 70+ St. Louis-Based StartUps to the Region

by Aaron Perlut | Nov 24, 2014
Startup Connection
Photo Credit: Matt Menietti

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): Champio

Learn more about St. Louis' commitment to developing innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. 

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