Happy Friday VenCaf Community! We hope you are going to be enjoying the weekend, especially with the Festival of Nations lined up to take over Tower Grove Park. For us here at 4240 Duncan Avenue, we are celebrating the final Civic Restoration gathering by the name of Capital & Community. This was our last gathering for this monthly thematic programming, so let’s get into what you might’ve missed.
To start, we welcomed back Cortex Innovation Community’s, Starting From Square One session. This week they focused on “How We Can All Change The Nature Of The Conversation”, Cortex’s own Gabriela Ramirez – Arellano moderated a fireside chat with DEMIblue Owner, Michelle Robinson, and AAA Translations Inc. CEO, Susanne Evens about how entrepreneurs and thought leaders in our community are making their sphere of influence more accessible.
Next, we had a returning fan favorite St. Louis Reconciliation Network return with John Kiehl, Board Member of The FAM who spoke about their efforts to help African American families obtain homeownership. At the same time, we also had an Office Hour from Resource Wrangler herself, Mary Scott. She invited community members to speak with her about how they can take the next step in their business and the resources she can provide to get them there.
All the way from Columbia, MO. We had invited and hosted a session for Brett Calhoun who is the Founder of Scale, along with Caleb Heinzman Founder of Pita Technologies Inc. Both of these gentlemen highlighted their capability in securing Venture Capital, from how to raise money for your venture to make it a backable business in Missouri.
Last but not least we heard from, Joel Fuoss & Amanda Truemper who are the Principal & Senior Project Manager of Trivers. This session put a spotlight on the damage that historically oppressive legislature has created and how we can better our world from it. They spoke about redlining specifically and its history in our very own city.
As you can see, we had a selection of different topics this week and for good measure, as I previously stated, this was our last week in Civic Restoration! Moving forward into September, we will start to plan out for Industry Collaboration. Which is the focus on how to leverage adjacent industries to progress your venture, the impact of building relationships across industries, and key collaborations here in St. Louis.
With all that said and done, I want to thank each and every one of our community members for either attending, speaking, or hosting a session this month! We can’t wait for you to see what we have next! Thanks again & enjoy your weekend!