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MVF — Where Entrepreneurs Go to Grow.

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Join us June 12 For the 2017 Roadmap To Entrepreneurship Conference. Click here to register.

Conference Schedule


12pm: Lobby: Registration begins

1pm: Auditorium
Keynote Speaker: John Saunders, President and CEO, FleishmanHillard
(Welcome from Matthew Kulig, President of Missouri Venture Forum and co-founder of Aisle 411, Inc.)

2pm: Auditorium
Panel A - “From the Lightbulb Idea to a Viable Company” (Where do you start?/Business Model/Marketing Research/Business Plan)
(Cliff Holekamp,Cultivation Capital/Emre Toker,Skandalaris Center/Jerry Katz,Billiken Angels Network/Christy Maxfield,Square One/Ramin Lalezari,Sling Health)

2pm: Theater
Panel D - "Legal Matters: Advisors, Company Structure and Boards” (Creating a network of believers/Legal Formation/Licenses/Permits/Board of Directors and Advisors)
(Hary Arader, BioGenerator/Bob Cockrell/Exeteur Group/Mariquita Barbieri,Carmody McDonald/Brian Rogers,Blue Maven Law/Tim McFadden,Polsinelli)

3:15pm: Auditorium
Panel B - “Putting Local Resources Together” (Why St. Louis is a great city to start a company)
(Travis Sheridan,Venture Café/Brian Dixon,AMEREN Accelerator (Capital Innovators)/Ginger Imster,StL EDP Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Venture Works/Patty Hagen,T-REX/Phyllis Ellison,Cortex)

3:15pm: Theater
Panel E - “Assets Protection, Taxes and Credits” (Issues to consider to increase company value/IP, Trademarks/Copyright/Accounting)
(Tom Daiber,SBA/Michael Holmes,SLATE/Geetha Rao Sant,Wash U Law Clinic/Dough Kolker,Muller Prost PC/Myers Dill,Huschblackwell)

4:30pm: Auditorium
Panel C - "Plan for Funding, M&A, and Exits from the beginning“ (Landmines you should avoid/Fund Raising/Contracts and Partnerships/Preparing for Exit)
(Ashley Edwards,Huschblackwell/Bob Calcattera,Exeteur Group/Ryan Rakestraw,Grant Ventures (Monsanto)/
Brian Hopcraft,Lewis & Clark Ventures)

4:30pm: Theater
Panel F - "If no one buys it, you don't have a company” (The importance of sales in start-ups/New Business Development/Marketing/Sales/Customer Support)
(John Hardin/Exeteur Group/Elin Nozewski,FleishmanHillard/Mark Bini,ExpressScripts/Tim Nowak,World Trade Center/Clint Matthews,Start Right, Inc.)

5:45pm: Auditorium
Investors Town Hall Meeting
(Brian Hopcraft,Lewis & Clark Ventures/Ryan Rakestraw, Monsanto Growth Ventures/Brian Kinman,Arch Angels/
Eric Gulve,BioGenerator/Elise Hoffman,Cultivation Capital/Michael Kime,iSelect

7pm: Atrium


MVF serves entrepreneurs — those leading the growth of earlier stage businesses — through peer networking, topical education and access to capital resources. We attract members and resources whose mission is to support entrepreneurs and grow new businesses. Our community of entrepreneurs, investors, inventors and service providers eagerly share their knowledge and resources to help build a strong regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Click here for a video about MVF and learn how you can Connect, Discover and Grow.

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Entrepreneurial News

The following news and notes were presented at the MVF Breakfast Builders Event on June 2. News and notes are provided by Brian Feldt of the St. Louis Business Journal.

-The St. Louis metro-area climbed 10 spots — from No. 36 in 2016 to No. 26 this year — in the Kauffman Foundation’s latest ranking of cities’ startup activity. The upward shift makes St. Louis the fastest growing city for startup activity among the nation’s 40 largest metro areas.

-St. Louis just missed cracking the top 10 on a list of top cities for corporate innovation by Innovation Leader, an independent information service on innovation. St. Louis was one of four cities named as “up and comers.”

-The St. Louis Arch Angels were listed as one of the 10 most-active angel groups in the country during 2016. The group invested about $11 million last year, up from $9 million in 2015.
-New research from the St. Louis Regional Chamber found that since being founded in 2011, T-REX has generated more than $350 million in annual economic output and has created more than 2,200 jobs. To date, more than 80 companies have “graduated” out of the building and gone on to create approximately 1,260 jobs in the St. Louis region.

-RiverVest Venture Partners was part of a $62 million Series A financing for a Seattle-based company called Genoa Pharmaceuticals.

-Prolog Ventures was part of a $10 million financing round for Spindrift, a Boston-area startup that offers sparkling water made with fresh fruit.
-Lewis & Clark Ventures helped a Virginia food delivery company called Territory Foods raise $6.7 million.

Click here to read more Entrepreneurial News

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MVF Breakfast Meeting August 4, 2017 (Speaker: Dheeraj Patri, Label Insight)

MVF Breakfast Meeting September 1, 2017 (Speaker: TBA)

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