Volume 17 - May 2014
This Issue's Content
Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunity in Bioscience
Public events on June 19th and July 17th will kick off a new BioSTL program to strengthen the region’s bioscience ecosystem by identifying high-potential, talented women & minority bioscience entrepreneurs and providing a systematic pathway for them to create viable high-growth ventures.
We encourage women and minority business and science professionals with the curiosity, passion, skills, and desire to start a new business to come out to network and learn more about entrepreneurial opportunities in the biosciences.
June 19, 2014
6PM to 8:30PM
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
July 17, 2014
6PM to 8:30PM
Third Degree Glass Factory
For more information about these events, please visit biostl.org/about/inclusion/ or contact Dr. Cheryl Watkins-Moore, Director of Bioscience & Entrepreneurial Inclusion, at email@example.com or 314-880-8868.
These events are the new programmatic phase for the St. Louis Bioscience Inclusion Initiative. The Initiative launched in 2008 with early meetings of CEO-level community and business leaders and has evolved to include 81 leaders and practitioners from organizations throughout the community. Together, the group is creating a network of organizations and individuals committed to collaborative action that increases inclusion within the biosciences here in St. Louis.
You'd be WISE to Save the Date
The Women in Science and Entrepreneurship (WISE) Conference will be held on Friday, November 14th, 2014 at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. This free program aims to inspire and enable women to reach new heights in science by fostering connections and conversations among researchers, students, entrepreneurs, members of industry, and university faculty. It is a unique opportunity for women and men engaged or interested in science to learn, share, and connect across university, corporate, and entrepreneurial endeavors.
The scope of the event is more collaborative than scientific and designed to provide meaningful, lasting engagement. Participants of the conference will have the opportunity to tap into a supportive network of women from across all spectrums of the STEM fields.
Convening organizations include:
- Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO)
- Missouri Cures
- Saint Louis University John Cook School of Business
- University of Missouri – Columbia
- University of Missouri – St. Louis
- Washington University in St. Louis
For more information, please contact Dena Ladd of Missouri Cures at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-993-1900.
Fostering Women Entrepreneurs
Despite momentum in St. Louis entrepreneurship, women remain underrepresented. In response, a group of seasoned female entrepreneurs came together to launch a new initiative that takes aim at closing the gender gap in the St. Louis entrepreneurial community.
Prosper Women Entrepreneurs will use a three-pronged approach to engage more women in entrepreneurship.
- Youth and Collegiate - Prosper will cultivate female entrepreneurs by marketing and promoting existing young female entrepreneurs, with the mindset that if young women see solid examples of women succeeding in startups, more will take the risk of starting their own business.
- Mastermind Groups - Through self-facilitated Mastermind Groups, budding and established entrepreneurs will engage in activities that encourage accountability, support, problem-solving, and more. Female entrepreneurs enrolled in a Mastermind group will meet monthly with 5-7 women for 2 years, utilizing evidence-based meeting methodology.
- Angel Network - Prosper has partnered with Golden Seeds, the largest angel group in the US that focuses on women entrepreneurs, to establish an angel network in the St. Louis region dedicated to investing in women-owned and women-led businesses. The angel group will increase women entrepreneurs’ access to growth capital and the number of women investing in early-stage capital markets.
News About the Biosciences in St. Louis
- McKelvey: St. Louis should ‘double-down’ on life sciences
- Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals to Buy Questcor for $5.6 Billion
- Kogent Surgical to Expand with the Signing of a Worldwide Distribution Agreement with Medtronic
- Akermin lands $7 million project in Denmark
- Confluence Discovery Technologies Partners with UMSL’s STARS Program
- Nanopore Diagnostics is among the 46 Arch Grants Finalists
- SAGE Labs to incubate Nanopore in Westport
- iSelect, co-investor in Tansna Therapeutics, is Ready to Invest in St. Louis Startups
- Arch Grants Finalists Get St. Louis Red Carpet Treatment
- Students win Breast Cancer Startup Challenge
- Entrepreneurs compete for cash in St. Louis
- Washington University students create medical innovations
- The future of St. Louis' tech industry
- Agtech startup NewLeaf eyes product development growth
- Kick-starting resources to research, cure rare diseases
- Boeing’s Ventures Moving to Cortex
- University tries to close entrepreneurial gender gap
- Growing Midtown tech sector may soon be getting another boost
- Certara acquires Delaware research contractor
- 3 Reasons Why Startups Should Consider Launching in the Midwest
- MOgene Expands Technologies for Research Solutions