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Kickstart Your Startup! featuring PixelPress + Civil Ape

In July, we'll be doing a deep dive into one of the smartest ways to validate your startup idea and get funding: crowdfunding with Kickstarter!

First up we'll hear from Lenard Blair, who runs an innovative design and clothing company - the Civil Ape Creative Collective. Last year Civil Ape launched their new apparel line with a small Kickstarter campaign. Lenard used the campaign to spread brand awareness and get new equipment - come hear the lessons he learned selling a real physical product from this digital platform.

Check them out at or follow @CivilApe

Then we're excited to host one of the most exciting up-and-coming St. Louis startups - PixelPress. Founded by local product manager Robin Rath, PixelPress is an imaginative concept where you can "draw your own video game." With a Kickstarter campaign that is getting international attention from kids of all ages, PixelPress has really redefined how to launch a game company and how Kickstarter can be used in the Lean Startup approach. Come hear Robin tell his story, and learn the nuts and bolts behind one of the most imaginative product launches ever to come from St. Louis.

Learn more here at or follow @pixelpressgame. You can follow Robin himself @robinrath. Get a sneak preview from Robin's interview on the Product People podcast.

Note: The PixelPress Kickstarter is ongoing, you can support it until June 14! Get on board here:

This should be a StartLouis to remember, with lots of lessons that go beyond the Kickstarter platform. We hope to see you there!

In the T-REx 12th floor training room // Free of charge // All are welcome

Networking time begins at 6:30, meetup begins at 7pm. Afterwards we will offer a tour of the T-REx facility.

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  • RJ H.

    Great meet-up! Glad to know STL has such a vibrate kickstart community. Check out this app its been helping me plan mu projects, great for entrepreneurs.

    July 19, 2013

  • Ray

    Very informative

    July 18, 2013

  • Robin R.

    Good times, thanks everyone for the great feedback. Be sure to check out and @pixelpressgame to stay up to date on where we go next.

    July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    SUPER helpful, practical advice. Wish there was still a section of the Business Journal that focused on entrepreneurs in their 20s & 30s.

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Rich B.

    Awesome meetup, great speakers, real stories, real emotion

    July 16, 2013

  • Bryan J.

    Crap! I may not be able to make it. Might be a late night at work.

    July 16, 2013

  • James

    Will we also discuss why kickstarter is bad and what ideas should avoid using kickstarter?

    July 15, 2013

    • James

      When I say "bad", I mean for certain ideas or websites, kickstarter is not the best solution

      July 15, 2013

    • dylan

      There will be Q&A after both speakers, feel free to ask about this then!

      July 15, 2013

  • Milind S.

    Who will be the moderator on behalf of Kickstarter?

    July 15, 2013

  • Ray

    Hoping to make it. Thanks again to Dylan and the StartLouis group.

    July 15, 2013

  • JJ K.

    Interested in meeting St. Louis startups and helping them succeed.

    July 15, 2013

    • Benjamin W.

      Not until sept from what i understand. And there are filings that must be done now.

      July 14, 2013

  • Benjamin W.

    It Seems like there's a lot of interest in tREX, we'll be sure to tour people around after the speakers for those that want an inside look.

    July 12, 2013

  • Andy M.

    Your Tax Records Made Simple. Really!

    July 11, 2013

  • Darron H.

    I'm a man of ideals for social media and web design, just need help building my ideals. Look forward to meeting all.

    July 9, 2013

  • Keith C.

    Looking forward to the presentation and my first exposure to T-Rex.

    1 · June 17, 2013

  • Dan M.

    I am a CPA/problem solver that works closely with businesses and owners to provide tax planning and tax compliance. I admire people who pursue their dreams and startup a company - if I can be a resource to to anyone that is starting up a company I would be happy to provide an initial no cost meeting to help them achieve their goals.

    June 13, 2013

  • Barry H.

    Social Media coach with his head in the clouds

    June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be out of town. Wish I could be here though!

    1 · June 3, 2013

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