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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

St. Louis was founded by western-bound pioneers who held the same spirit that runs in all entrepreneurs to this day.  St. Louis’s Start-up Challenge – an event which emphasizes this ideal – fostered the topic for this week’s episode. The winner of the Start-up Challenge, Juristat, and its CEO, Andrew Winship, are highlighted on the show.

Another highlight is a discussion with St. Louis native Jim McKelvey about the city’s potential to become a hotbed of business enterprise. McKelvey is well known as the co-founder of Square, LaunchCode, and many other successful entrepreneurial efforts.

In this episode, we run the gamut: from young people’s ever-increasing involvement and desire to be their own boss; to the important, but often neglected, section of immigrants’ contributions to the entrepreneurship climate in St. Louis. Many of these people are now choosing St. Louis over other areas – such as Silicon Valley – thanks to an atmosphere capable of fostering new start-ups and ventures; as well as the dramatically reduced costs for creating the foundations of a business.

Money follows opportunity…so if there’s opportunity here, the money will follow.”

- Jim McKelvey

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