Representatives from 15 startup companies – most of them new to the St. Louis area – will gather at The Muny in St. Louis on Monday night, July 20 to take part in the second Muny Meetup, sponsored by Maryville University in partnership with The Muny and InnoVox STL.
InnoVox STL is a non-profit whose mission is to connect entrepreneurs behind St. Louis’ brightest up-and-coming startups with our community’s top leaders. This event is part of a series that allows these entrepreneurs and St. Louis leaders to network, while at the same time gaining exposure to, and a better understanding of, our area’s stellar arts organizations.
Founders and representatives from startups such as Eateria (from Chicago), SimMachines (from Costa Rica), CandyLab (from San Diego), and Prattle Analytics (from Boston) will meet at The Muny at 6:45pm for a networking session and to hear from Muny and Maryville leadership. Following the networking session, The Muny will treat participants to a “tech rehearsal” of the musical Into the Woods, which will begin a seven-night run at The Muny beginning July 21.
President & CEO of The Muny, Denny Reagan is “once again pleased to welcome these entrepreneurs to witness a tech rehearsal at The Muny. We hope that this networking opportunity will spur even more creative innovation and collaboration within our region.”
A tech rehearsal, as the name implies, is a technical run-through of a performance, with occasional stops and starts. The event will provide the attendees with an insider’s perspective on stage management for musical theatre, which requires moment-to-moment creativity and innovation. The evening will give them a chance to learn more about The Muny, one another’s start-up initiatives, and Maryville’s degree programs that focus on educating tomorrow’s business leaders.
“Maryville University is inspired by the innovative spirit of the St. Louis entrepreneurial community,” said President Mark Lombardi. “Understanding and connecting to the people and companies who are forging this new frontier is the best way for us to educate and prepare our students for their future. We’re happy to be involved in the Muny Meetup.”
“The Muny Meetup is a win for everyone involved,” said Jim Bafaro, the founder of InnoVox STL, which convened the meeting. “Our new St. Louis startups will learn about two iconic institutions in The Muny and Maryville, and the Muny and Maryville get a chance to learn more about some of our brightest startups in an intimate meeting, before enjoying a Muny production.”