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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.

This year, 27 of the 74 companies in the Showcase 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, to be held in Olin’s Knight Hall and Bauer Hall, 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 support, 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

For more information about the event, including registration information, visit:

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OWN IT WashU is a summit designed to encourage WashU women and women in the St. Louis community to be their best selves and to encourage each other to do the same. We bring successful, driven, and inspiring women from all walks of life to Washington University’s campus. By bringing together these like-minded women, attendees will leave the summit with both knowledge and leadership skills to amplify their personal and professional success.

ownit2016-2OWN IT: A Summit for Women’s Leadership

Bauer Hall & Knight Center

November 12, 2016, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM



The day will include:
– Four panels of experts: Business, STEM, Impact, and Create (visit for full bios of each panelist)
– Interactive breakout sessions and “office hours” with speakers
– Breakfast and round-table luncheon (included in ticket price)
– Empowerment Exchange featuring local business and female-led groups
– Opportunities for networking with peers and professionals
– Empowerment and good vibes all day !!!

Do I have to identify as female to attend?
NOPE! We even have a breakout session specifically addressing “Manbassadors” and how men can participate, and our panelists have great insight to share with everyone.

How much does it cost?
WUSTL Undergrad Students – $15.00
Graduate Students – $20.00
Community Members – $35.00

Link to video.

Guest Blogger: Emily Duncan, Director of Public Relations, Own It WashU 2016

CATEGORY: Career, Student Life

The below post was republished with permission from PluggedIN, an automated talent recruitment and matchmaking platform specifically focused on startup companies. PluggedIN was founded by Colleen Liebig, who serves as an Industry Career Specialist & Advisor at Olin, with specialization in entrepreneurship.

“Being thoughtful about hiring is the best way to scale an organization. If you get the right people around the table, it makes all the difference in the world.”
– Matt Mullenweg, Co-founder, WordPress

As famed basketball coach, Red Auerbach said, “You can’t teach height.”

When hiring new employees and building teams, many startup founders look for the “athlete” candidates. Startup companies are a constant work in progress. Roles and responsibilities tend to change on the regular. Founders consider not just where that person is today, but how they adapt as the company changes.

There are intrinsic qualities employers look for that are tough to teach. We recently tuned into a podcast interview with Matt Mullenweg, co-founder at WordPress and founder & CEO at Automattic.

Here are 4 intrinsic qualities he highlights as being most important when it comes to hiring startup talent:

1) Work ethic
2) Taste
3) Integrity
4) Curiosity

If someone has these four traits, there’s a higher likelihood they will be able to rise to whatever the job requires of them.

In addition to these traits, startup matchmaking platform PluggedIN considers these 3 factors when evaluating a candidate:

1) Attitude
2) Aptitude
3) Experience

If you have the right attitude, you’ll gain the ability to do the job and then get the experience you need to grow professionally.


The below post and podcast was republished with permission from PluggedIN, an automated talent recruitment and matchmaking platform specifically focused on startup companies. PluggedIN was founded by Colleen Liebig, who serves as an Industry Career Specialist & Advisor at Olin, with specialization in entrepreneurship.

“If you have the conviction and the personal belief that you can make anything work and solve problems, let your resourcefulness be your biggest resource.” 

In this week’s PluggedIN podcast, we sit down with Colleen Wilson, Founder & CEO of Collaborate Chicago and former Head of Product Marketing for the capital product at Square. An Olin Business School alumna, Colleen shares insights on how she decided to become an entrepreneur and multiple fantastic career tips from her business education and career experience.

Here are a few nuggets of wisdom Colleen shares in this episode:

  • The importance of prioritizing learning and mission when looking for jobs. Ask yourself, what do I need to learn, and where am I best equipped to learn those skills?
  • One of the best ways to get experience is through doing pro-bono work.
  • The importance of being self-aware and knowing what you’re good at (and what you’re not good at).
  • The “why” reveals the pain points, and when you find the pain points, that’s when you can start to find the solution.
  • Why your own personal gut-check can mean the difference when it comes to finding happiness in your career.
  • You can build anything, but sometimes it’s what you don’t build that can make all the difference in your business growth.
  • Presence equals productivity: How to find that constant state of flow through personal productivity hacks.