ITEN 2nd Thursday @ Venture Cafe

2nd Thursday is ITEN’s signature monthly event connecting entrepreneurs and emerging tech companies with subject matter experts, other founders, and a diverse innovation community.
held every month at Venture Cafe, 4240 Duncan Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63110

Monthly 2nd Thursday Schedule:
• 3:30 – 6:30 Mentor Office Hours by appointment
• 4:00 – 5:00 Small Group Discussion led by Subject Matter Experts (James Crutchfield Room)
• 5:30 – 6:30 Main Event on Topic Important to Tech Entrepreneurs (Havana Room)

August 8th Schedule

5:30 – 6:30pm – Customer Discovery Havana Room

Moderated by Tara Kinney, Atomic Revenue

Understanding and engaging your customers early and often in the product design process will increase your probability of success. The customer discovery process includes: problem/need identification, creating a solution hypothesis, testing that idea with potential customers, and determining the capacity/willingness of potential customers to pay for a solution to the identified problem. Product modifications based on these key learnings will help you go to market with a refined target customer profile that aligns the value of your product with customer willingness to buy at a profitable price. Join us for a discussion of this important process and what entrepreneurs at this critical early stage have learned.

Panelists include:
Murielle Gaither, Outside360
Micah Goodman, Rissana
Bryon Pierson, Jr.; EduRain
Lucas Rydberg, Phas3

4:00 – 5:00pm – Funding Roadmap – James Crutchfield Room

led by ML Helbig ITEN Executive Director

All roads don’t lead to Venture Capital (VC) funding.  With less than 1% of startups getting VC funding you need to be informed and realistic about how to fund your startup.  Join this roundtable session to learn about funding options, strategies for engagement, and investor expectations.  

3:30 – 5:00 pm Office Hours with Keith Grosz – Josephine Baker Rm (formally BGB)


5:00 – 6:30 pm Office Hours with Jon Kimerle – Josephine Baker Rm (formally BGB)



an exclusive event for ITEN Mentors & Startups

Wednesday, August 14th
4:00 – 7:00 pm
The Pat Connolly Tavern – 6400 Oakland Ave, St. Louis


Do you need help….building financial models, support with customer discovery, introductions to customers and strategic partners, assistance with product roadmaps and fundraising strategies? Here’s a chance to connect in person to the people you see on UNION, and find the experts that can help your company grow!

In the last year, ITEN has added over 25 new mentors who bring new corporate connections, global market experience, technology integration expertise, sales training acumen, and more!

Check out our YouTube Channel to see videos of past events!