ALIVE Recognizes 35 Bold Minds Creating A Better St. Louis In Its Inaugural Innovation Issue

By ALIVE Staff
In Culture

FEB_Cover_FinalThe St. Louis innovation scene is gaining some serious momentum. And people are taking note—not only locally, but nationally.

National Geographic featured St. Louis’ world-leading Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in its October 2014 issue for its agricultural innovation with partners in sub-Saharan Africa to help fight hunger in developing countries. Meanwhile, Arch Grants winner Wondermento and its founder, Betsy Fore, landed on Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for the company’s app-driven products. And Popular Mechanic recently ranked St. Louis No. 1 on its list of “The 14 Best Startup Cities In America.” St. Louis is a place where people come to make things—always has been,” the article says, citing our heritage in the fur trade, railroad and beer industries.

We at ALIVE couldn’t agree more, which is why we’ve dedicated our February issue to the diverse set of innovators who are working toward the “New St. Louis” every single day. Each one of the 35 bold minds on our inaugural list of St. Louis innovators are making our city a better place to work and play. (See the full story here.)

The inspiration that comes from learning about these incredible talents, their ideas, histories and diverse perspectives is almost indescribable—and the positive conversation they are driving about St. Louis is equally so. These are the people and ideas that are changing the way we think and talk about our city—and in the best way possible.

ALIVE is proud to spotlight the STL Innovators of 2015. Drum roll, please…

STL INNOVATORS 2015

SAMUEL ACHILEFU
PROFESSOR OF RADIOLOGY AND BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
MICHAEL ALLEN
DIRECTOR, PRESERVATION RESEARCH OFFICE
SETH BURGETT
PRESIDENT AND CEO, YURBUDS
ABBY COHEN
CO-FOUNDER, SPARO LABS
TOM COHEN
CEO, NANOPOREDX
SHANE COHN
ALDERMAN 25TH WARD, CITY OF ST. LOUIS
CORTEX INNOVATION COMMUNITY
ANDREW COUCH
FOUNDER, CANDYBAR (CANDYLAB)
AMOS DANIELLI
FOUNDER AND CEO, MAGBIOSENSE
JASON DEEM
PRESIDENT, CHEROKEE STREET BUSINESS ASSOCIATION; OWNER, SOUTH SIDE SPACES AND NEBULA
DONALD DANFORTH PLANT SCIENCE CENTER
BILL DONIUS
SPEAKER, AUTHOR AND CONSULTANT, “THOUGHT REVOLUTION”
BETSY FORE
FOUNDER AND CEO, WONDERWOOF (WONDERMENTO, INC.)
PAUL FREILING
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, FIRST ROBOTICS—ST. LOUIS REGION
JASON HALL 
VICE PRESIDENT, ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION, ST. LOUIS REGIONAL CHAMBER
BEN HARVATINE
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, JOLT ATHLETICS LLC
NICOLE HUDSON
STRATEGY CONSULTANT, BECAUSE REALLY
ALEX IHNEN
OWNER AND EDITOR, NEXTSTL.COM
WILSON KING, M.D.
PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGIST, SSM CARDINAL GLENNON CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER
JOSEPH KLAESNER
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY, WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
BLAKE MARGGRAFF
CO-FOUNDER, BETAVERSITY
JILL MCGUIRE
FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, REGIONAL ARTS COMMISSION
JIM MCKELVEY
CO-FOUNDER, SQUARE, LAUNCHCODE; FOUNDER, SIXTHIRTY
WALTER METCALFE
FOUNDATION BOARD CHAIRMAN, CITYARCHRIVER 2015
MICHAEL PALMER
FOUNDER AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPER, CODE RED EDUCATION
NADEEM PARKAR, M.D.
RADIOLOGIST, SSM CARDINAL GLENNON CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER
KELLY POLLOCK
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COCA
NANCY RICE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BETTER TOGETHER
DONN RUBIN
PRESIDENT AND CEO, BIOSTL
JERRY SCHLICHTER
PRESIDENT & DIRECTOR, ARCH GRANTS
AGNES SCOVILLE, M.D.
FOUNDER AND OWNER, PACIDOSE
TRAVIS SHERIDAN
FOUNDING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, VENTURE CAFÉ FOUNDATION—ST.LOUIS
T-REX
RANDY & JEFF VINES
CREATORS, STL-STYLE
STEVE YOUNG
FOUNDER, SYNEK

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