• Strengthening St. Louis' Connections to India

    Mar 01, 2017
    A team of St. Louis leaders under the leadership of local businessman and philanthropist, Dr. Deepak Kant Vyas, Chairman of Redberri Corporation, spent a whirlwind week in Hyderabad, India. While in Hyderabad, the St. Louis delegation and the Telangana government in Hyderabad, India solidified a partnership strengthening global entrepreneurship.

    Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao (KTR) and the St. Louis team inked a Memorandum of Understanding to create an entrepreneurial partnership between the two locations. St. Louis’ T-REX incubator will work with Hyderabad’s T-Hub incubator under the T-Bridge program. The program will help American and Indian entrepreneurs connect, especially those in the ag-tech, bioscience, and fin-tech industries. The St. Louis team will also seek other opportunities in Telangana to further invest in its existing education and business sectors.

    The St. Louis delegation is composed of Dr. Deepak Kant Vyas, Chairman of Redberri Corporation; Jim Alexander, Senior Vice President, Economic Development, St. Louis Regional Chamber; Karen Ellis, Director, Economic Development, St. Louis Regional Chamber; Patricia Hagen, President, T-REX; Donn Rubin, CEO, BioSTL; Vijay Chauhan, Project Lead, Global STL; Dennis Pruitt, Vice President of International Business Recruitment, Missouri Partnership; Joel Glassman, Director, Center for International Studies, University of Missouri – St. Louis; and Ana Karaman, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Webster University.

    See all the photos from the trip on the Chamber's Flickr page.

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     St. Louis delegation. IT Minister KTR (icenter) with the St. Louis delegation.

  • Inaugural “Venture Café Night: No Ceilings”

    Feb 15, 2017

    Venture Café has increased St. Louis’ opportunity for serendipitous connections by expanding their regular Thursday night events at Cortex’s @4240 to two additional Venture Café Nights a month: “Venture Café Night: No Ceilings” and “Venture Café Night: 39 North.”  “Venture Café Night: No Ceilings” takes place at LaunchCode’s Mentor Center on the second Tuesday each month; meanwhile, “Venture Café Night: 39 North” takes place at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center on the third Tuesday each month.

    The inaugural “Venture Café Night: No Ceilings” took place on Tuesday, February 14th.  On that Valentines’ Day evening, a group gathered to learn about and discuss how innovation is applied to civic and social issues in the region. The host facility, LaunchCode’s Mentor Center, is dedicated to equity, access, and diversity in technology so it is natural fit to host the event.

    In addition to the workshops, attendees mingled and enjoying free pizza and drinks. The number listed on attendees’ name tags, indicating the number Venture Café sessions attended, ranged from 1 to 100+. Conversations covered topics in minority business development and the status of social accelerators and entrepreneurship in St. Louis.

    While St. Louis is rich with talent and resources, it is apparent that race and socioeconomic status still act as barriers to access the networks needed to create and scale a business.  Venture Café Night: No Ceilings continues the conversations and promotes the connections needed for a wholly-inclusive innovation community.

    In case you missed it, here was the evening’s lineup:

    4:00-5:00 pm- Overcoming Challenges in Entreprenuership│Johego

    5:00- 5:30 pm- Maximizing your Venture Café Experience │Ven Caf Volunteers

    5:00- 6:00 pm- Economic Solutions for Urban America │ Ferguson1000

    6:00- 7:00 pm- Social Accelerators for STL │ Kaufman Chair of Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship │ Brown School

    6:30- 7:30 pm- Getting More St. Louisians to Care About Voting │YOUTurnSTL Project