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Your source for news and happenings in our innovation neighborhood. | November 2022
MTC IDEA Fund Co-Investment program application open

MTC's IDEA Fund Co-Investment program was developed to support Missouri's early-stage entrepreneurs in developing technologies and creating jobs across Missouri while positioning companies for future venture capital investment. The IDEA Fund supports technology startups through matching equity or convertible debt investments for the purpose of technology and business development.
In light of the approval of MTC’s IDEA Fund by the Department of Treasury to deploy the SSBCI program funding, MTC will continuously accept new applications for the IDEA Fund program and will review and award investment allocations on a quarterly basis. 2023 deadlines:

January Award Cycle
Application deadline of 11:59 pm, 11/30/2022

April Award Cycle
Application deadline of 11:59 pm, 2/8/2023

July Award Cycle
Application deadline of 11:59 pm, 4/12/2023

October Award Cycle
Application deadline of 11:59 pm, 6/28/2023
November 14-18
STL Startup Week

All official events for STL Startup Week are free to attend and open to the public, although registration is required. More information and a full schedule of events 

On Nov 17 from 11.30 am to 12.30 am. Mary Fernandes of Solis Agrosciences will be on a panel, Cross-pollinating talent between corporate and startup companies - experiences and learnings to inform founders and teams.
Weekly: Danforth Center Scientific Seminar Series

The Danforth Center hosts a complimentary virtual weekly Scientific Seminar Series on a variety of topics. Click here for a listing of upcoming seminars and join the conversation!  If you would like to participate or be on the email list for these seminars, please contact Terri Burton, tburton@danforthcenter.org.
November 24
Olivette Turkey Trot

Olivette’s 9th Annual 5K Turkey Trot is a chip-timed event with 2,000+ participants expected. This family-friendly 5k run/walk course starts at Stacy Park, runs down scenic Old Bonhomme Road, and then through a paved, tree-lined trail, ending at Stacy Park. Long-sleeve Tech T-shirts, refreshments, and music make the race a fun way to start your Thanksgiving Day! 
November 30, 4 - 6 PM
39 North Holiday Happy Hour - Helix Center
Please join us for another "Pop-Up" happy hour!
Nov. 30, 1- 4 PM Virtual
2022 Veterans Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

Have you ever had a great business idea but didn’t know where to start? Do you need help launching, growing, or protecting your business? Would you like to learn more about raising capital, funding opportunities for research and development, buying inventory, obtaining lines of credit, or building a working prototype? Are you interested in learning how to sell your product or service to federal, state, or local government agencies?
December 6, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
December 7, 8:30 - to 11:30 AM via Zoom
NSF SBIR Interactive Workshop

This day-and-a-half workshop is designed to assist technology start-ups and existing businesses in learning how to apply for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) to fund their R&D. This hands-on workshop is an extensive “how to apply” course developed for companies that have a unique breakthrough technology that is NSF grant worthy. This course will offer specific directions on how to prepare a competitive NSF Phase 1 submission.  
Tuesday, December 13, 8:30 AM
39 North Holiday Coffee with Colleagues 
The Helix Center

Kickstart your day with as much coffee as your heart desires! Hear a brief intro from a 39 North company while you network with friends and colleagues. Danforth Center, BRDG Park & Helix communities welcome - as well as STL ecosystem partners!
February 21 - 23, 2023 
Midwest Climate Summit

The premier regional gathering of climate leaders, researchers, and practitioners to expand knowledge and accelerate action. The summit is hosted by the Midwest Climate Collaborative, a cross-sector collaboration connecting organizations in 12 states to respond collectively to the climate crises.
April 30 - May 4, 2023
The 16th Annual International Society for Biosafety Research (ISBR) Symposium Union Station St. Louis
Rubber is all the rage at Kultevat. With a team of experienced scientists and industry experts who have been working in the natural rubber business for decades, Kultevat is one of the leading natural rubber producers in North America.

In 2012, Dan Swiger, CEO of Kultevat, switched gears from alternative rubber production to natural rubber production by developing taraxacum
kok-sakgyz (TKS) as a source of natural rubber. TKS is a species of dandelion native to areas such as Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, and notable for its production of high-quality rubber. Kultevat’s goal with TKS is to develop an annual crop that can be grown by US farmers as a part of the bioeconomy, since there is currently no domestic source for rubber.

“The TKS rubber supply will be more eco-friendly with a lower carbon footprint than the current rubber supply from Hevea rubber trees. TKS also produces an exceptionally high-quality rubber that is very similar in its properties to the rubber from trees,” said Roger Beachy, Chief Scientific Officer at Kultevat. 
Post Your Job Openings
The 39 North website now has a Careers page! If you would like your company listed please send your logo and URL to your organization’s career page. To Dena at dholtgrewe@danforthcenter.org
In addition, Entrepreneur Quarterly now offers a free job board.
Have news to share?
Please contact: Dena Holtgrewe, at dholtgrewe@danforthcenter.org