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A Founder Friendly, Community First Tech Council

Modeling the core value of inclusivity in innovation, TechSTL is democratizing membership to build the largest, most diverse – and therefore strongest – tech council in North America.  Whether you are a Paid Member or a Community Stakeholder, membership includes exclusive access to our regional job fairs, industry roundtable events, working committees, private retreats, and digital members portal. Council Members will also receive economic data dashboards, public policy updates, and public relations opportunities around growing the STL innovation hub.

Net Tech Employment MSA 2022


% of Workforce in Tech - MSA 2022

Economic Impact of Tech - MSA 2022

Get to Know Jeff Davis, Chairman and CEO of Perficient

Jeff DavisChairman & CEO, Perficient In which sector is your company most closely aligned? Systems Integration What does your company do? Perficient is the leading global digital consultancy. We imagine, create, engineer, and run digital transformation solutions...

Get to Know Ola Ayeni, President and CEO of Claim Academy

Claim Academy takes someone who has little or no background in tech, trains that person and then connect that person to employers for a great paying career of an average of $75,000.

Get to Know Tashara Earl, Co-Founder & CEO of Shades of Color

We provide an interactive, personalized virtual beauty marketplace to help beauty companies to promote and sell their products to beauty shoppers struggling to find products that match their unique skin tone, skin conditions, and allergies.

Get to Know Najjuwah Walden, Founder and CEO of Balancetopia

Nearly 131 million humans are born each year, 250 each minute, and what each postpartum mama has in common is the need for nutritional replenishment.

Get to Know Marvin Francois, Co-Founder / CEO of oneKIN

oneKIN is an operator of a fintech and retail-tech company intended to provide businesses with comprehensive tech-enabled solutions to help them reach their target audience and grow sustainably.

Get to Know Candera Thompson, Founder of Bask And Bloom Essentials

Bask & Bloom Essentials provides science-backed, efficacious hair care formulas to help women who have experienced postpartum shedding/breakage, hair damage and loss bounce back to stronger, flourishing hair.

Get to Know Michael Seaman, CEO of Swipesum

Michael SeamanCEO, Swipesum In which sector is your company most closely aligned? Fintech What does your company do? We specialize in mid-sized to larger businesses where accepting payments gets complicated. Often times there are multiple softwares payments needs to...

Get to Know Henry Cason, CEO of FinLocker

FinLocker has developed a financial fitness app that mortgage lenders, banks, and credit unions can private-label with their own brand, so their consumers can stay within the platform, using the credit and financial tools and resources to qualify for a mortgage, find a home and sustain homeownership.

Get to Know Steven Ley, President/CEO of Buzzbold

At Buzzbold, we are a longtime Salesforce Implementation partner with a focus on serving Nonprofits and Educational organizations.

Get to Know Michael Morey, President and CEO of Bluebird Network

Bluebird Network is a communications infrastructure provider and data center operator. Since 1999, Bluebird Network, headquartered in Missouri, has provided dedicated fiber internet and data transport services, via its own fiber infrastructure, to Carriers and Enterprises in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa and the surrounding states.

Why St Louis is Made for Tech Innovation

Global Industry Leaders

Collaborate alongside innovative cluster powerhouses – biotech, agtech, geospatial, fintech, aerospace, and advanced manufacturing

Innovative Startups

Join forces with our thriving and diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem - Forbes recently named St. Louis the #2 rising city for startups

Top Research Institutions

Home to some of the world's leading research and commercialization universities, STL brings you to the front-lines of academic innovation

Robust Investor Network

With over a dozen Venture Funds, Angel Networks, Seed Round Accelerators, and Non-Dilutive Equity Grants, St Louis is ripe with investment pathways

A Collaborative Community

St. Louis resources in business, government, academia, and the community all work together to make it a thriving and diverse tech environment

Expanding Talent Pipeline

Our universities and workforce development organizations are rapidly expanding their offerings to prepare the talent for the future

Diversified Opportunities

Home to many diverse cultures, lifestyles, and ideologies, the St Louis community values inclusion, equitable opportunity, and social justice

Enviable Affordability

US News & World Report recently named St. Louis among the top 25 most affordable cities in the United States, our city is a great place to call home

TechSTL Values: Growing Tech Talent, Tech Jobs, and Tech Startups

  • We believe in making St Louis a Founder Friendly city that ensures innovation is more inclusive, equitable, and accessible.

  • A healthy innovation pipeline offers clear and easy access to all of the resources, people, and opportunities involving technology.

  • Upward mobility matters and it requires active collaboration to grow tech talent, tech jobs, and tech innovation.

  • New ideas are born from unexpected collisions, so we help innovators collide through high-value events and programs.

  • Tech Innovation is #STLmade. Let's spread the word.

Join as a Paid Member

Annual Membership for the TechSTL Tech Council is $500 per year. Upon registration, you can either pay now via credit card or have an invoice emailed to your organization for processing.

Apply to be a Community Stakeholder

TechSTL is designating 250 Community Stakeholder seats to ensure accessibility regardless of financial means. If you would like to serve on the Council on behalf of your organization, we welcome your application.

Meet Our Founding Members