Startup Connection announces startups for Venture Showcase

Startup Connection, St. Louis’ largest event focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, has announced the companies selected to take part in its Venture Showcase Nov. 16 at Washington University in St. Louis. The startups will have the opportunity to pitch their products, services and ideas to the business community, as well as compete for in-kind and cash prizes.

Startup Connection, St. Louis’ largest event focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, announced those selected for its Venture Showcase Nov. 16 at Washington University. More than a third of the companies have strong university ties.

This year, 27 of the 74 companies included got their start at Washington University or have a founding member with a close connection to the university. It’s evidence of the institution’s deep commitment to supporting entrepreneurship for students, faculty, staff and alumni.

“More than a third of the companies chosen to participate in Startup Connection’s Venture Showcase have distinct WashU DNA—they were founded here, received support from our entrepreneurship platform, or include executive officers with direct links to our university,” said Dedric Carter, vice chancellor for operations and technology transfer. “It certainly speaks to Washington University’s commitment to the innovation/entrepreneurship environment, and we are excited to welcome our friends from Startup Connection back to campus next month for their showcase event.”

The early-stage startups taking part in November’s event, held at Knight and Bauer halls, represent a wide group of industries, from biotechnology and advanced manufacturing to consumer products and tech. Startup Connection’s Resource Fair features organizations that provide resources, services and connections for startup companies.

“Startup Connection is a great event to attend to see what’s new in St. Louis’ startup community,” said Startup Connection Managing Director Phyllis Ellison, director of entrepreneur services and institutional and corporate partnerships at the Cortex Innovation Community. “We have an exciting group of companies this year that really emphasizes the variety of technology and innovation happening in the region.”

The Washington University-based businesses taking part in Startup Connection include:

  • Aggio

  • AirZaar Inc.

  • Applied Particle Technology

  • Bandura

  • Better Weekdays

  • Blue Line Technology

  • Cast

  • CredEd

  • DeepGene LLC

  • Dynamic Surgical

  • Eureka Analytics

  • Geneoscopy

  • GiftAMeal

  • Hockey Valet

  • Hummingbird Technologies

  • International PROOF System

  • Ivani LLC

  • Less Annoying CRM

  • Lipospectrum

  • Olio City


  • Pikazo

  • Pro-Arc Diagnostics

  • Riley’s Premium Pet Products

  • Rozzy Learning Company

  • Sparo Labs

  • Spectrum Perception LLC

  • Viosera Therapeutics

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