Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Louis – Chesterfield,
16625 Swingley Ridge Rd, Chesterfield MO 63017


Startup Missouri Expo is an annual trade show designed to connect small business owners, serial entrepreneurs and young startups with the latest products and services to help them develop, manage, maintain and improve their businesses. This expo will focus on our state’s exciting and burgeoning startup community and innovative entrepreneurs who are changing the face of Missouri’s economy.

Startup Missouri Expo is the ideal venue for entrepreneurs, startups, incubator tenants, business owners and ancillary businesses that support small businesses.

Keynote Speakers

Tom Schlafly

Tom Schlafly

Tom Schlafly is the chairman of the board of The Saint Louis Brewery LLC, which brews Schlafly Beer. In 1991 the brewery received the first microbrewery license issued by the state of Missouri. It was the first brewery of any size to open in St. Louis since before Prohibition. It is now the largest American-owned brewery in Missouri.

Schlafly is a senior counsel at the law firm Thompson Coburn. Since 2012 he has been one of the St. Louis Blues’ owners. He serves on the board of Legg Mason Partners Equity Trust, which oversees more than 40 mutual funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs) with a combined value of more than $50 billion. He also serves on the boards of Citizens National Bank of Greater St. Louis and several not-for-profit organizations, including the St. Louis Public Library, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and the Crudem Foundation, which oversees a hospital in Milot, Haiti. He was formerly a commentator on St. Louis Public Radio and the chief lyricist for The Courthouse Steps, a troupe of singing lawyers.

Schlafly received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University. In 2018 he received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He grew up in St. Louis and lives in the Central West End with his wife, Ulrike, a native of Cologne, Germany.

Carolyn Kindle Betz

Carolyn Headshot

Carolyn Kindle Betz is the daughter of Jo Ann Taylor Kindle and granddaughter of Enterprise Rent-A-Car founder Jack Taylor. She applies that inherited entrepreneurial spirit as she leads the effort to bring a Major League Soccer expansion team to town and build a new $250 million downtown stadium.

She is president of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, where she develops and implements its long-term philanthropic strategies and objectives for the future.

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