Startup Scene: Cortex Leading The Way For Innovation Districts

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Cortex Leading The Way
Cortex Innovation District received a call-out in the latest Brookings report on the rise of innovation districts. The report’s authors commended Cortex’s deliberate grouping of buildings owned or supported by well-respected “innovation cultivators”—in this case, CIC, CET and others. The report notes, “… this clustering was deeply intentional and viewed as a way to stimulate new relationships, new networks, and the cross-fertilization of ideas. … We anticipate more innovation districts to follow suit.”

Photo courtesy of Boozestorming

Photo courtesy of Boozestorming

EY Entrepreneur of the Year
Last week EY announced the winners of its EY Entrepreneur of the Year Central Midwest Award in Overland Park, Kansas. Of the eight winners, St. Louis area recipients included Rusty Keeley (The Keeley Company, construction award winner). David Bailey (Baileys’ Restaurants, hospitality award winner), Gabe Douek (Gateway Media LLC, media and entertainment award winner) and Bob Hummert (Grimco, Inc, distribution award winner). These regional winners are now eligible for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year national award.

July 2: Pitch Circle—a free, online event for pitching startup business ideas—has its next session today at 6pm. The event, hosted by Tom Sawada (OneMillionLoops), gives three individuals the opportunity to pitch and give feedback in a 30-minute period each week through Google Hangouts. To learn more, visit

July 6: Travis Sheridan’s next Boozestorming session will take place next Monday fro 6:30-9pm. Sheridan, the founding executive director at Venture Café, will host this week’s storm in Old North St. Louis. During the event, participants show up, grab a drink and write down their idea or question on a bar napkin. Then, the group will discuss each idea, with the intent to solve real-world problems. For more information, visit boozestorming.com1408 Wright St., Old North St. Louis 

July 8: Prospective business owners looking for information on where to get started in Illinois will receive that chance next Wednesday. The 2015 SBDC Small Business and Entrepreneurship Workshop from 5-6:30pm will cover topics like creating a business plans, exploring financing options and how to properly register your business. For more information, visit University Center, International Room (2nd Floor), Edwardsville, Illinois

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