The 2016 Startup Connection Venture Showcase Companies
check out last year’s startups
Aggio is a provider of cloud-based solutions built from the ground up for the Agriculture Industry. Aggio offers a family of apps including sales performance, customer engagement, complete market data and Logistics management, all built to drive better decisions from data.
AirZaar is a cloud-based SaaS platform providing commercial drone fleet management, aerial data analytics & compliance solutions for enterprises who rely on data acquired by drones to make actionable decisions.
Appbase is a streaming database for building IoT apps and modern age software. Trusted by 1,000+ developers.
Applied Particle Technology
APT aims to revolutionize the air purification industry with the world’s first intelligent air sterilization system. The core technology, developed by experts in air quality, can completely inactivate pathogens while removing particles and odors. Market penetration starts with hospital HVAC systems.
Arch Innotek is dedicated to developing high-value natural carotenoids for food, nutrition, feed additives, and other industrial applications through synthetic biology and metabolic engineering technologies using low-cost, sustainable fermentation-based processes.
Aunt Flow is a buy-one, give-one subscription based model for 100% organic feminine hygiene products. Women can go online, customize a box of 18 pieces, have it delivered to her door, and for every box she receives, she can choose an organization that will receive her "give-one" box. People helping people. Period.
Babyation’s patent-pending breast pump has redefined the breast pumping experience. Our product is quiet and our re-imagined form-factor allows a woman to keep her shirt on while pumping. For the first time, a mom can pump anytime, anywhere and however she wants...and the world around her doesn't have to know.
BanduraTM , a cyber security software company, makes the patented PoliWall® security appliance, the Firewall’s FirewallTM. ProAct server, a complete threat intelligence platform which aggregates multiple sources of threat intelligence, auto-blocks threats in real time ahead of the firewall.
Better Weekdays reduces friction in the job search and recruiting process. We provide discovery to employer brands and job opportunities so that universities can engage students, and companies can nurture relevant talent well before they decide to apply.
Blue Line Technology
Blue Line Technology has brought to market a facial recognition software product called “First Line” that provides a non- intrusive, “real time” identification verification solution. It is designed to be teamed with other security measures providing ID assurance capabilities that present the ability to take precautionary measures. The software offers concierge services for businesses by providing specific customers with an increased level of attention.
Bridgit turns college dreams into reality by bridging the gap between college acceptance and attendance. Seniors have 50+ tasks to complete when transitioning from high school to college; Bridgit makes it easy to navigate this complex process by texting students’ helpful nudges along the way.
Cast is an integrated software and data analysis platform allowing brands and businesses to aggregate feedback and engage customers across multiple channels.
Web-based technology that makes it easy for pet parents to find the right pet food. Simply input basic information about the pet and ChowCheck assesses the information to develop a nutritional needs profile and then searches 1000's of pet foods to find optimal selections to help the pet live longer.
Codemoji makes it easy for kids to build amazing things in seconds using emojis and real html,css code.
We make kombucha, a healthy probiotic beverage originated in China over 2000 years ago.
Cotton Cuts is an online provider of premium, precut fabric for the quilting community. We deliver fabric to our customers on a recurring, monthly subscription basis. Cotton Cuts collects customer preferences and delivers a product that matches their unique quilting style as well as fabrics in their favorite color combinations.
CredEd implements online education into businesses and schools. The software connects learners with online courses personalized for them and their future. CredEd facilitates seamless professional development as well as exploring, advancing, and enhancing skills.
DeepGene develops genomics algorithms to help clinical genetics and clinicians make clinical inference.
Displays That Pay
We help care givers achieve peace of mind with collaborative tools and smart technology to balance time, communication and relationships.
Dynamic Surgical is a medical device company dedicated to developing smart tools that add a new dimension to surgery: versatility.
Eat Kid Friendly
Eat Kid Friendly (EKF) is a restaurant discovery web service that allows parents and caregivers to become part of a community that actively analyzes and reviews dining establishments from the perspective of accommodating small children.
Eureka Analytics, Inc. is creating simpler and smarter patent searching. By extracting the meaning of patent language, Eureka’s machine learning approach builds knowledge trees from patent data to present information in a lawyer-friendly way.
FocalCast is an enterprise collaboration platform that allows multiple users to share and annotate documents and presentations together from anywhere on any device.
Geneoscopy is developing a noninvasive, stool-based, preventive screening test to diagnose and treat colorectal cancer (CRC) in high risk individuals with a methodology that is more accurate than a colonoscopy.
GiftAMeal is a mobile application that provides a meal to someone in need each time a user takes a photo at a participating restaurant. Through GiftAMeal, local restaurants gain customers, users discover great restaurants, and hunger is fought in our community.
Griffin 3D is a St. Louis based company that designs and manufactures 3D printers for home and professional use.
Helper Helper is a platform that makes tracking community service simple and engaging. With over 370 NCAA athletic department (150,000 student-athletes) using Helper Helper, our app and web portal has become a trusted tool within college athletics.
Hemadvance is a platform technology venture developing next generation bio therapeutic molecules to diagnose, manage, and treat the onset and progression of coagulation disorders via activation of Protein C, the one and only natural anticoagulant enzyme in the blood.
Hockey Valet, a portable, lightweight drying hanger allows serious hockey players to "Play hard and don't stink!" Designed by a player entrepreneur, this product fits in your equipment bag and unfolds and hangs anywhere to dry your gear out after playing in the big game. Totally made in the USA.
Hoperator is a guest relations management platform that combines social messaging and CRM for the fast growing independent travel industry.
For professionals who desire to grow plants, but have time, space and seasonality constraints, Nectar is a smart digital garden enabling you to grow thriving gardens in your home from a smartphone. Unlike the garden systems available in the market, Nectar is a plug and play solution that can be used by anyone.
Idiomatic is a software company that turns the customer feedback companies get into specific insights about how to make customers happier. These insights are valuable to companies because happier customers are more loyal, spend more money, and refer new clients.
Impact Control Wheel
Impact Control Wheel is a patented shock-absorbing front wheel manufactured and sold for commercial zero-turn lawn mowers. By absorbing shock at ground level origination, our wheel is an incredibly elegant, simple and efficiently engineered solution to reducing the effects of bumps, jarring and vibrations on mowers and operators.
International PROOF Systems
International PROOF System is improving the process of validating accurate, current, and secured vehicle registration and auto insurance through the world's first computerized license plates, known as PROOF Smart Tags (PST). PST has an embedded chip built into the license plate that receives clear communication from authorized subscribers.
Key Pls automates apartment leasing. Our proprietary electronic lock and smartphone app give apartment hunters access to leasable apartments without an appointment, turning your smartphone into a key that opens electronic locks.
LawSourceLive simply connects defense attorneys with municipal courts via its online court connector portal.
Lean Media is the first programmatic digital media platform dedicated to bringing agribusiness brands and organizations closer to farmers online.
Less Annoying CRM
Less Annoying CRM was founded in 2009 with one simple mission: to help small businesses succeed. We provide a customer relationship manager (CRM) designed specifically for the small business market. Our software focuses on simplicity and ease of use so that small businesses can easily manage their contacts, calendar, leads, and more in a single web-based system.
Lifepack produces packaging (plates, cups, sleeves, boxes etc.) made of natural fibers and local seeds that can germinate and are 100% biodegradable. After use, they can germinate into new plants (strawberries, flowers, tomatoes, herbs, etc.); close to 70% of packaging can germinate after one week.
Lipospectrum’s technology employs novel, cost effective, and comprehensive lipid analysis of blood samples to detect lipid biomarkers that have been shown to be directly related to cancers and cardiovascular disease. Lipospectrum is initially focusing on a breast cancer diagnosis study to reduce healthcare costs. Subsequent disease studies will follow.
Longneck & Thunderfoot
L&T transforms your company blog into an engaging brand publication that accelerates your content marketing strategy. Our approach drives recognition of your industry expertise as a market influencer and captures the attention of trade press and business prospects to generate marketing qualified leads from search engines and social media.
MathBRIX is a producing a cloud-delivered series of standards-aligned adventure games designed to strengthen in-school mathematics programs (K-6). The curriculum is based on 20 years of extensive research. Children arrive at solutions by manipulating virtual Lego-like bricks across the tablet screen. Both consumer and school versions will be available.
We are creating a "LinkedIn" type functionality software as a service platform for high school, college and trade students and non-students (16-25). MyResApp, LLC provides one central location to bridge the gap between high school students, college admission counselors and employers looking to hire and groom their future employee.
Naked Bacon is the all-natural, better-tasting, better-for-you bacon that’s produced without nitrates or phosphates. The company uses a recipe that dates back to 1861. Naked Bacon caters to those who follow gluten-free and low-sugar diets and their bacon flavors include Chipotle, Sugar Free, Jalapeno, and Original and Naked Links Breakfast Sausage.
NanoGuard is focused on developing a platform technology, High Voltage Cold Plasma (HVCP), to be used in the food, produce, and grain industries to improve freshness and shelf life, food safety, and to reduce food spoilage. NanoGuard estimates the addressable market in the cereal grain industry alone is $1.1billion.
nanoMetallix manufactures a new class of metallic organic nanocomposites, a nanoaluminum-based powder that allows Rocket and Launch Service Providers to utilize a more powerful fuel for increased payload capacity to orbit.
Olio City is a personalized city discovery application. We curate the best a city has to offer in events, restaurants and attractions then utilize machine learning to learn users likes and dislikes to make quality recommendations. Olio City is the first city guide app combining original content with a learning algorithm.
Pasilobus is a self-funded tech startup, eCommerce, and Shopify Expert company that empowers entrepreneurs all over the world through powerful apps on the Shopify App Store and custom development solutions for eCommerce businesses.
PawFriction is a patent-pending paw pad coating system to restore traction for senior and disabled dogs that have difficulty rising and walking on hardwood and other smooth floors.
PEDECARE is a healthcare technology company that produces the PEDECARE detection system for the prevention of diabetic foot complications. Diabetic foot complications are a set of debilitating and expensive medical problems. Our product combines a smart insole with a telemedicine system in order to facilitate early detection and treatment.
PFITR provides public fiduciaries the information that they need to make optimal bond investment purchases. We are the Kelly Blue Book of bonds, bringing bond transparency to bond buyers.
Pikazo is the world's leading AI art app. We let anyone join the art world regardless of training or talent by allowing them to combine any subject in any style, using a neural network to produce an endless stream of production quality art.
Pro-Arc Diagnostics offers a diagnostic tool to minimize the risk of a fatal neurological disorder in immunocompromised patients.
The Pyngby phone app records calls, in-person conversations, texts, pictures, screenshots and interactions and stores them to our secure cloud for evidence. It is the tool to empower those who are harassed, brutalized, or bullied to reclaim control in their lives.
Riley's Premium Pet Products
Riley’s makes and markets dog treats that are certified organic, non-gmo, made in the USA and unique to the dog treat category by also being human grade. With these products, Riley’s addresses an increasingly significant concern among “pet parents” who seek trustworthy brands that are absolutely safe for their pets.
Rozzy Learning Company
Rozzy Learning Company is an education company seeking to decrease the gap in science education in the U.S. Rozzy creates STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) programs for early and elementary education that encourage students to tinker, create, and experiment.
Ryvit enables software vendors to brand and resell integration plugins, markedly reducing cost to develop and time to market while increasing engagement with their customers and adding a new source of revenue.
SafeTrek is a technology company with the mission to keep people safe.
Send Well Wishes
The mission of Send Well Wishes is to provide patients and their caregivers unique, high-quality products that improve the patient’s experience, enhance communication with healthcare providers, empower patients and caregivers, and enable friends and family to make an impact during a medical crisis, long- term medical recovery or chronic medical condition.
SensrTrx is an affordable manufacturing analytics platform designed to collect and display actionable data from the shop floor. Our solution helps manufacturers easily deliver more efficient processes, improve quality, and assert greater control of operations. Using this data, manufacturing businesses can increase machine availability, productivity and quality to directly increase profitability without complex software or the help of IT.
SmartCare is the newest evolution in predictive care, and the next step in the relationship between technology and wellness. SmartCare is a cloud based data gathering engine that fuses information from sensors, to report a person’s activities of daily living, such as sleeping, toileting, showering. Helping to foresee issues like falls and pneumonia. SmartCare makes Caregivers more efficient and improves senior care, while giving seniors’ families greater peace of mind and reduced guilt. By capturing data, it can determine potential health risks, motivate people to adopt smart behavior changes, or alert someone if help is needed.
We are the manufacturer of the SOLEMENDER, a portable freezable roller sold in ten local stores in Saint Louis to treat Plantar Fasciitis, a common foot condition.
The creator of the first pre-cut, refrigerated cookie dough in a re-sealable, stand up pouch that's patent pending. It's all natural, non-GMO and makes great tasting cookies.
Sparo Labs is transforming respiratory care. Our flagship product, Wing®, is the first FDA-cleared, over- the-counter smartphone sensor + app for monitoring lung function--empowering people to proactively control respiratory conditions like asthma.
Spectrum is developing instruments and disposable components that improve research laboratory operations. Our technology is less expensive than existing technologies while eliminating sample loss, increasing availability, and reducing sample times.
Squarefruit Labs offers premier prototyping and robotics automation services to a global market. With the introduction of our Persona line of equipment, we will soon offer large format 3D printers, AI robotic assistants, and 9-axis robotic manipulators.
Start Right Foods
Start Right Foods is focused on creating delicious, high-protein breakfast options to fuel your morning. Their first product, a line of gluten-free high-protein waffles, are packed with 15 grams of protein, a healthy dose of fiber, and 1/3 cup fruits and vegetables.
Managers love processes and flowcharts - but nobody follows them. Tallyfy eliminates flowcharts and focuses on enabling anyone to DO and TRACK recurring processes in the easiest possible way. Tallyfy ensures people complete processes like employee/client on-boarding, financial approvals and compliance checks consistently, efficiently and on time - so that the business scales successfully.
Tersa Inc is tired of wasting time and money on inefficient textile cleaning methods. We have developed a wall-mounted, single-item garment steamer designed to be faster, more efficient, and user-friendly than traditional textile care methods.
The Call List
Our mission is to connect audiences directly to experts, artists, educators, and more through live two-way video and audio streaming in a comfortable format. Mobile app users opt-in to relevant events and receive a video call from the host, who experiences their collective audience on a larger screen.
TinySuperheroes is a superhero cape company with a big mission to empower extraordinary kids as they overcome illness or disability.
UPAYA Pharmaceuticals, LLC is developing a novel, non-resistant antibiotic for the treatment of pneumonia. Some pneumonia is caused by superbugs and results in ~50,000 deaths/year in the U.S. and U.K. Utilizing its proprietary platform technology, UPAYA, a Sanskrit word for “cure,” is driven to fulfill the mission of its name.
Viosera’s paradigm shifting antibiotic, VT1, is the first in a line of profitable, clinically sustainable, and lifesaving antibiotics. By suppressing antibiotic resistance, these will be both first and last line of defense curative therapies.
Where Do You Nom
Restaurant data management platform combined with a social networking community.
3Bluetin has created a flagship product - Whoozini. Whoozini is one mobile app to search & connect to people near you, create your own avatar to advertise to others near you and look up networking zones in a map.