Could these St. Louis startups make the region into the next midwestern hub for entrepreneurship? As St. Louis’ innovation community grows, it seems all the more possible.
For most folks, the word “startup” will conjure up images of a scrappy, young entrepreneur in a well-known city or region — think New York or Silicon Valley. These areas have the notoriety, the infrastructure and the networks entrepreneurs require to put their dreams into action.
You might be surprised to learn, though, that the good old “flyover states” actually host some of the best cities for launching and nurturing startups.
And with its organizations dedicated to entrepreneurship, funding opportunities startups and portfolio of prolific companies (Square and Lockerdome, anyone?), St. Louis, Missouri is one that distinguishes itself.
Scopio pitched its ideas with 18 other startups on Wednesday for STL Startup Roadshow‘s kick-off party. Accelerate St. Louis hosts the event, which paves the path for notable St. Louis startups to pitch their ideas to crows in New York, Chicago and at TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF conference. Check them out below.
St. Louis Startups That Are Changing the Game
MathBRIX is trying to shift this by starting kids out early, and their visual math games and analytics helps students ages 4-8 master critical reasoning and problem-solving skills. As students improve, the game tailors the experience to provide “the right level challenge for each little mind.”
According to Bettie Schwartz, CEO, “MathBRIX activities incorporate virtual toy building bricks that kids move with a finger across the screen. In so doing, they see the ’cause and effect’ of their actions and understand math concepts many would think are beyond their comprehension.”
Besides this life-saving technology, hospitals can also use Ilerasoft to track, reserve and monitor assets or share certain types of medical equipment, according to Arch Grants.
This alternative is not just convenient and safe, but affordable, too. It’s also developer-friendly: BotDoc offers a micro-service API that allows them to customize their experience.
You have a life, too. So what’s a smart landlord to do? Work with Keybot, of course! Install the lock on your door and the app on your phone, and Keybot adds your listing to different websites. When a potential tenant is interested, Keybot verifies their identity for a one-time access to the property. After viewing, they can negotiate the lease and other terms from their smartphone. And when all is approved by the landlord, Keybot will also dig up a background and credit check.
“We use devices capable of distinguishing mental commands and individual words with real-time holographic rendering of a drone’s visual feeds,” they write on their website. “We also build unmanned vehicles that integrate biometrics and holographic displays into a patent-pending, neuromechanical interface that works exactly like you think it should.” If you’re thinking that means mind-controlled drones, you’re right on par.
Their technology guides consumers to the products they’re looking for on a shopping trip. Besides this, they’ll also have access to a variety of coupons based on context and location, and stores receive valuable data on shoppers’ experiences.
Painless 1099 helps independent contractors save up for taxes by managing their quarterly taxes, benefits or other requirements. Their clients also have access to information used for filling out compliance and 1099 forms.
Trust Stamp is rigorous identity verification for everyone. Using a selfie, social media profiles, e-commerce sites and public records, they create a color-coded trust score you can use to show that you’re as real as you say you are.
Trust Stamp also uses facial biometrics powered by artificial intelligence and anti-spoofing techniques to prove identity, and the entire process is complete within two minutes.
With issues like insect resistance and herbicide-tolerant weeds, the world’s food supply is in uncharted territory. Plastomics hopes to solve many key challenges facing agriculture and create “the next generation of high-performing crops” using genetic engineering of chloroplasts. They are the world’s only company in this niche.
Bandura piloted and patented successful security technologies such as the PoliWall (which was developed with the Department of Defense), BanduraONE and PoliCloud, and has experience working with partners in many different industries, from energy to education.
Assembly Payments‘ services help you “accept, manage and disburse payments in any way imaginable,” and touts itself as the world’s most flexible payments platform. With easier payments, they say, you can turn a frustrating customer experience into a brilliant one.
Reblaze provides comprehensive, cloud-based, intelligent web security. It includes DDoS protection, WAF, IPS, bot detection and anti-scraping solutions and more.
The platform leverages the power of the global cloud to defeat attackers, automatically blocking hostile traffic before it can reach the protected network. Bandwidth and other resources scale automatically as needed.
Reblaze is a pioneer in next-generation threat detection and mitigation, such as advanced bot detection algorithms, holistic behavior analysis, intelligent user profiling and more. Machine learning is built into the platform so that it learns, adjusts and adapts to the ever-changing Internet threat environment automatically. Even as new web threats arise, Reblaze remains effective.
Traaqr aims to bridge this gap with the “first fully automated platform to connect online advertising to the offline conversions they drive,” enhancing every customer’s experience and helping brands collect and make sense of this immensely valuable data. Through Traaqr’s Artificial Intelligence and integrations with CRM, web analytics and advertising services, advertisers can optimize return on investment across all of their digital advertising channels.
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AppsCo provides a way to manage all of these resources in one place. For enterprises, this lowers “operational burden.” And for employees, access to applications is easier.
When automated customer assistants truly understand the needs of customers and can feed back great information, businesses will cut down operation costs and increase efficiency. Originally sparked by a Ph.D. thesis on artificial intelligence, CogniCor allows businesses to respond to queries instantly and forever changes how customers interact with technology.
With LendingFront‘s cloud-based software, anyone can make sense of the data unique to small businesses. They continuously monitor a business’ life cycle to ensure better risk management, improve relationships, ease decision making and leave out a lot of manual processing.
Nearly every website integrates third parties to improve their user experiences; think tasks like ad management, design and marketing. “Instead of targeting large websites directly,” they write, “hackers today are targeting vulnerabilities in third-party companies.” This is just another gateway they can use to compromise your hard work.
While the cyber security industry often focuses on detection of threats, they make an effort to prevent these attacks before they start.
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