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SEEDS of CHANGE to Highlight Entrepreneurial Growth in St. Louis


St. Louis is quickly emerging as a national and international innovation center where new businesses and companies in plant science and biotechnology thrive in a strong entrepreneurial and investment ecosystem. More than 700 plant and life science companies provide nearly 15,000 jobs in St. Louis and over 270 of those companies are startups.

The Danforth Leadership Council invites you to the 2016 Seeds of Change program on Thursday, October 6. The event begins at 7:30AM with a breakfast reception followed by a program at 8:00AM featuring David Karandish, former CEO of Answers Corporation. His talk, Fertilizing St. Louis: How to Grow the St. Louis Startup Ecosystem, will consider what it takes to plant the seeds of entrepreneurship and what part St. Louis can play to encourage entrepreneurship and the formation of successful new companies in the region.

Karandish’s experience brings a unique perspective to the innovative startup culture consuming St. Louis. He was responsible for setting corporate strategy and driving revenue partnerships for Answers.com. Prior to this, Karandish was the CEO of Expo Group, an online resource in the consumer mortgage industry. He also served as a consultant at MonsterCommerce where he built their paid advertising management system.

“All of the necessary resources and infrastructure are in place here in St. Louis to support and foster successful invention and commercialization of ideas,” said Sam Fiorello, president, BRDG Park and COO of the Danforth Center. “The supportive, collaborative culture we’ve worked so hard to create has given researchers in our area the confidence to take their ideas and form companies that are working to better our world. It’s a truly inspiring thing to see.”

We welcome you to invite a friend and join us for this discussion. Reservations are required but complimentary; seating is limited. Follow along on Twitter with #SEEDS.

Thank you to the event sponsor, J.P. Morgan, for their continued support.

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1005 N. Warson Road, Ste 201
Saint Louis, MO 63132

Mark Gorski
p. 314-812-8027
e. mark.gorski@wexfordscitech.com

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