Posts made in April, 2015

A SLU student who majors in startups.

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Featured Stories, Innovation Tuesday | 0 comments

Mention the words “business opportunity” to some college sophomores, and chances are they’ll frame the phrase in terms of the entry-level job they’ll seek upon graduation. Mention the term to St. Louis University student and North Carolina native Lachlan Johnson, and you’ll hear an entirely different take. Johnson is in the midst of creating not her first, but her second business – at the age of 19. And these aren’t just any businesses. Her first business landed her an appearance on the ABC-TV program Shark Tank. Venture number two connected her with billionaire Warren Buffett. Now...

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Startup promises simplified scheduling

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Featured Stories, Innovation Tuesday | 0 comments

Ask any office administrator, executive assistant or secretary to list the most frustrating aspects of their job and chances are good the task of scheduling a meeting – especially those with large numbers of participants — will be near the top. There are individual schedules to view and coordinate, time zone considerations to juggle, conference call numbers to maintain, and RSVP’s and confirmations to track. It’s the same story, really, for anyone at any level who has to schedule a meeting.  It can be a huge challenge, and it really should be easier. Soon it will be, if the founders of...

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Wine without the worry: a St. Louis sulfites solution.

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Featured Stories, Innovation Tuesday | 0 comments

For millions of people around the world, it doesn’t get much better than enjoying a good meal or good conversation with friends or family over a glass of wine. But for many people – about three million in the United States alone, according to the Food and Drug Administration – the idea of settling down with a glass of wine can be worrisome. The wife of St. Louis entrepreneur Alan MacInnes is one of those people. Alison MacInnes suffers from an adverse reaction to the sulfites that are added to most wine to help preserve it. Symptoms of such sulfite sensitivity can include headaches, a rash...

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SLU specialty: pitches with pinache

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Featured Stories, Innovation Tuesday | 0 comments

When it comes to providing entrepreneurs with innovative ways to pitch for funding, Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran and Daymond John have nothing on Tim Hayden, the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Saint Louis University. The stars of the popular ABC program Shark Tank may have the TV ratings that Hayden doesn’t, but they can’t match Hayden and his team when it comes to creativity. Case in point:  On Saturday morning, April 11, ten Saint Louis University entrepreneurs, selected from a competition among the school’s 16,000 students, will make business pitches to about a dozen...

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