StartUp Connection ’14

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St. Louis’ Biggest Celebration of Entrepreneurs!

 StartUp Connection ’14  continued the tradition of showcasing the top early stage startups on November 19, 2014.  Saint Louis University hosted over 1,300 people as they explored 70 top startups and 65 support organizations during an evening packed with energy…and prizes!

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Check out the energy at last year’s event - StartUp Connection video

 

Top ventures from the St. Louis area were selected from the IT/Tech, Consumer Products, Manufacturing, FinTech, and Bio Science sectors.  The Finalists from the Startup Challenge business plan competition were also featured.  Over $170,000 in cash and prizes were awarded:

StartUp Connection ’14 Winners

Cash Prizes

Startup Challenge First Prize – One award of $50,000                             Nanopore Diagnostics

 

Startup Challenge Second Prize – One award of $30,000                        Zymplr

 

Startup Challenge Third Prize – One award of $20,000                           Immunophotonics

Startup Challenge Bright Future, Most Promising Veteran-Owned Business – One award of $5,000     Blue Line Security Solutions

Startup Challenge Bright Future, Most Promising Woman-Owned Business – One award of $5,000     HIPAA Trek

Startup Challenge Bright Future, Most Promising Minority-Owned Business – One award of $5,000     Better Weekdays

Startup Challenge Bright Future, Most Promising Immigrant-Owned Business – One award of $5,000  Immunophotonics

Lewis Rice Award – One award of $2,500                                                Champio

BioSTL Awards – Two awards of $1,250 each                                          Talariant  and  YourBevCo

Cultivation Capital Awards – Two awards of $1,000 each                         Nanopore Diagnostics and PFITR

Bank of America Award – One award of $1,250                                        Immunophotonics

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Award – One award of $1,250                Champio

 

In-Kind Prizes ($42,850)

Polsinelli – Three awards of $4,000 each                                                 Better WeekdaysCast, and Dabble

iSelect – One award of $7,500                                                                  TAKO

Bryan Cave – One award of $5,000                                                          Lipospectrum

Hostirian.com– One award of $5,000                                                        Love Will, Inc.

CreatiVenture Law LLC – Two awards of $1,250 each                             HIPAA Trek and Lipospectrum

Cambridge Innovation Center – One award of $2,000                              BarrelFish

Stone Carlie – One award of $2,000                                                         Rocket Rack

Entrepreneurs’ Organization – One award of $1,600                                Dabble

Spry Digital – One award of $1,500                                                           Arvegenix

Color Art – One award of $1,250                                                               Gremln

Mueller Prost – One award of $1,250                                                        Hyde

Simplify Commerce by MasterCard – One award of $1,250                      Rocket Rack