Upstart Spaces

By Kelsey Waananen
In Culture

In the friendly Midwest, collaboration is not only practiced but encouraged among the city’s growing small business network. 

Central West End


TechArtista’s name gives you a bit of an idea of what role they play in the community. With a focus on growing businesses, but also creative people and processes, the venue is a breathtaking place to work—from its intriguing architecture and murals to the caliber of companies it attracts. Sharing an address in the Central West End workspace are Solea Water, a company looking to address the global water crisis by sourcing funding through shoe drives, fundraising campaigns and volunteerism; Linkship, a company innovating a new way to save, share and organize links; and Hearing Our Way, a magazine designed for kids and teens with hearing loss, among others. 4818 Washington Blvd., Central West End, 



Nebula has been available to the small businesses of St. Louis since 2010, making it one of the first co-working spaces in the city. With 87 businesses currently using the space—and an even longer member list—Nebula houses more than its fair share of innovation. Take, for example, Griffin 3D, which aims to be the first company from St. Louis to produce and sell 3-D printers, with the goal of making them affordable to everyone; Uke Go Girl!, a weeklong workshop that empowers girls to explore creative expression and build self-esteem through playing ukulele; and Context Industrial Security, which specializes in the cybersecurity of industrial control systems, such as those that control the electricity that powers our businesses and homes. 3407 S. Jefferson Ave., Cherokee Street,



Industrious brought its nationwide concept to St. Louis this summer. Though each elegant space—in Chicago, Nashville, Denver and other cities—takes shape differently, they all offer the luxurious option for small business. Private offices, cleanly organized and separated by glass walls house, among others, The Head Case Company, a company developing technology to help monitor and prevent unnecessary damage caused by concussions; Garbshare, which is developing virtual closets; and Town Coopers Baseball, a baseball league. 555 Washington Ave., Downtown, 

St. Charles


Founded by local entrepreneur Randy Schilling, OPO Startups joined the co-working scene in May of this year, turning the old St. Charles post office (Old Post Office, i.e., OPO) into a beautiful, bright space for digital businesses looking to grow. Now housing lingerie designer Liviara; Chow Checker, designers of an app to give increased awareness for allergens in foods; BoardPaq, a company designing a cloud service and apps to help boards of directors go paperless; several independent contractors and more, OPO has already earned a solid foothold in the startup community. 119 S. Main St., St. Charles,


To learn more about St. Louis’ expanding startup scene or for an in depth look at some of STL’s most innovative startups, check out the first two pages of our feature.

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