by Jorie Jacobi
Organization: Grain
Published July 8, 2014

New Tech Conference in September: Startup Voodoo


Altering St Louis’ identity from a prime Rust Belt contributor to a startup mecca takes work, the past several years have witnessed many entrepreneurial initiatives that are making a difference. A new event to hit the scene is a brand-new one-day startup conference, Startup Voodoo, which will be taking place at Ballpark Village in just a few months on September 25.

Co-founded by Aaron Perlut of Elasticity and Edward Domain of Techli, the conference seeks to unveil the scope of the startup scene in St. Louis, with a day of panel discussions and sage wisdom from keynote speakers, including Jim McKelvey (Square, LaunchCode, Cultivation Capital), David Karandish ( and Tim Rowe (CIC).

The goal of the event is to unveil the “voodoo” behind the growing startup ecosystem in St. Louis, showcasing the region’s best economic assets to the rest of the nation and to St. Louisans themselves, combatting native inferiority complexes head-on. Panels will include experts in the field and discussions titled: Scaling Startups Away From the Coasts, Building a Startup Reputation, and The Fundamental Building Blocks.

The conference will also have a Most Promising Midwestern Startup competition, awarding one startup $5,000 cash, 10 hours of marketing services from Elasticity and 10 hours of law services from Polsinelli Law Firm. The three Most Promising Startup finalists will give a final pitch at the conference, and one startup will be awarded the grand prize.

Exemplifying its state motto, “Show me,” St. Louis-based initiatives like Startup Voodoo continue the growing conversation about Midwestern startup ecosystems and the benefits to building a company here. Head to to register for the event. Registration for attendance is $69 per person.

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