St. Louis and Missouri


Only a week left to apply to pitch at a Rise of the Rest stop near you

By SPN Team / September 15, 2014

In less than a month, startups in five Midwestern cities will each have a shot at a $100,000 investment.

As part of the Rise of the Rest Road Trip with Revolution CEO Steve Case, five pitch competitions will be held across the region—in Madison, Wis.; Minneapolis; Des Moines; Kansas City and St. Louis—to help “celebrate and accelerate” the progress being made in the heartland’s entrepreneurial communities.

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Tune in Tuesday at noon for Growing Missouri Startups live stream

By SPN Team / May 5, 2014

On Tuesday, tune in to Growing Missouri Startups, an online panel hosted by Missouri Business Alert, from noon to 1 p.m. to learn how a group of startup accelerator and incubator leaders are helping to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Missouri. The event’s panelists include Kevin Fryer of SparkLabKC, Ginger Imster of Arch Grants, Brian Kinkade of…

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St. Louis-based CRM optimization startup TopOPPS raises $700K

By SPN Team / March 19, 2014

TopOPPS, the St. Louis-based startup intent on optimizing sales pipelines for companies, has received $700,000 in seed funding, including $250,000 from venture capital firm Cultivation Capital and the rest from its founder, Jim Eberlin, and private investors. The startup uses big data, analytics and algorithms to create efficiency for sales executives by letting them “react…

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Prairie Moves: Google Fiber to crossover to Missouri this spring

By SPN Team / February 7, 2013

Lead Read:

“Kansas Reminders, and our First Missouri Deadlines” – After installing Google Fiber in some parts of Kansas City, Kan., Google announced it would begin installation of its gigabit internet in Kansas City, Mo. this spring.

| Quotable:

“If you’ve never worked together before hand, I would say think twice.” – Bulu Box co-founder Stephanie Jarrett reflected …

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Internet 2012 Bus Tour to make four stops in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri

By SPN Newsroom / September 19, 2012

Reddit last week announced the itinerary for its Internet 2012 Bus Tour, an eight-day, seven-stop, campaign-style bus tour advocating for the Open Internet. From Oct. 5-8, the bus will make four stops in the Silicon Prairie region, partnering with local supporters for events in Lincoln, Des Moines, Iowa City and Kansas City.

“The Internet 2012 Bus will collect and share stories from Americans throughout the heartland, because this isn’t just about Silicon Valley,” reddit co-founder and Open Internet advocate Alexis Ohanian said in a promotional video for the tour. “It’s about parents taking Skillshare classes on blogging in Boulder, TED Meetups in Omaha …

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At TechStars Patriot Boot Camp, Missouri vet preps Picsure launch

By SPN Newsroom / July 19, 2012

Over the next two days in Washington D.C., Terry Roberts has one goal: build relationships with the staff, mentors and alumni of TechStars, the Boulder, Colo.-based startup accelerator.

Roberts, a Columbia, Mo. native and a former active-duty Marine, is part of the accelerator’s first Patriot Boot Camp, a “TechStars-like” experience that began Wednesday.

“I know it’s only three days,” Roberts said in a phone interview earlier this month …

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