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CAPS Network Entrepreneur Panels

On Friday, September 16, 2016, in conjunction with the CAPS Network Hackathon, STL CAPS hosted a full day of panel discussions with local entrepreneurs.  The event was held at the technology startup incubator in downtown St. Louis known as T-REX and included 125 high school students from 4 states.  Students were able to tour the T-REX facility and interact with 13 business partners and companies that are part of the vibrant technology startup ecosystem in St. Louis.  Most of the entrepreneur panelists have been awarded a $50,000 Arch Grant to assist the development of their business headquartered in St. Louis. There were also representatives from 6 higher education institutions from across Missouri that participated in a college readiness panel discussion.

Entrepreneur Panelists

  • Aaron Perlut, Elasticity
  • Jimmy Sansone, The Normal Brand
  • Devin Turner, Focal Cast
  • Ronnie Notch, Notes for Life
  • Sarah Badahman, HIPAAtrek
  • Abby Cohen, Sparo Labs
  • Douglas Mullenix,
  • Ellen Prinzi, Olio City
  • Mike Hill, Tech Shop
  • Chris Miller, The Mission Center
  • Jared Miller, Babyation
  • Aaron Mottern, Hey Lets Train
  • Kyle Welborn, Cultivation Capital

College Panelists

  • Maryville University
  • St. Louis Community College
  • Saint Louis University – Center for Entrepreneurship
  • University of Missouri – St. Louis
  • Washington University – School of Engineering
  • William Jewell College