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January 10, 2024

Upcoming Happenings in the District

January brings the return of the CIC Lunch Box series and 1 Million Cups weekly.  You can also join Washington University's Office of Technology Management for their Office Hours series on January 11. Below you will find out more about upcoming events as well as Aloft's snow rate as we prepare for winter weather in the region.


Want to learn more about what else is going on in the District? Have something you would like to see featured on the Cortex District Event Calendar or an upcoming Cortex Connections newsletter? Check out the District calendar and submit features here.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance
Monday, January 15, 2024 Cortex staff offices will be closed in observation of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. There are many ways to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in St. Louis. Below are a few upcoming events open to the community. 
Aloft Snow Rate
Bad weather in town or need to stay near the office? Aloft Cortex is offering snow rates as low as $79.  Call to ask for the Cortex snow rate at 314-693-0500.

Washington University Office of Technology Management Office Hours: Intro to SBIR/STTR Grants

Are you working on an innovation you think should be spun out into a startup? What resources are available to help? How can you become involved in the innovation ecosystem in St. Louis?

Join us for “OTM Office Hours,” a program series from the Washington University Office of Technology Management covering the latest topics in tech transfer and innovation.


The OTM Office Hours series is kicking off 2024 on January 11 from 3-4 p.m. with an “Introduction to Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)  Grants”. For more information/To Register

Applications Open

Do you know anyone ready to start their entrepreneurial journey? Applications for Cortex's Square One Ignite are OPEN! This 4-week program will guide entrepreneurs through the process of turning their idea into a business. Now accepting applications for business ideas in the bioscience, IT, advanced manufacturing/consumer products, or food industries.

Sign up link: https://www.cortexstl.org/sq1/

Taste Testers Wanted

Want to share your opinion on the latest products on the market and earn rewards at the same time.  Join the My Product Insights database to be invited to participate in surveys, evaluate products and share your opinions and beliefs in group settings.  To join and start receiving invites to participate, create a profile by logging on at www.myproductinsights.com.

CIC Lunch and Learn
Join CIC for a discussion restorative justice as a means to peace, power and abolition.  This offering will include a discussion on responding to harm, sharing about Freedom Community Center, a black-led and black-centric abolition and liberation organization and their application of Transformative Justice and Peacemaking Circles to resist policing and incarceration. Through slides and story-telling, participants will learn varied applications of Peacemaking circles from building community, facilitating a meeting, savoring and celebrating a moment, or respectfully managing harm and conflict. RSVP here
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Installation of a new fiber optic cable between Kingshighway and Boyle 

Beginning this week, Sachs Electric (ArchKey) began work on the Medical Campus to install a new fiber optic cable between Kingshighway and Boyle. Weather permitting, this work's planned duration is Tuesday, January 3rd, through the close of business on Friday, January 30th.

All work will be done during the day shift, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m. daily. No anticipated street closures are involved, but intermittent lane obstructions and traffic shifts will occur.

Now Hiring


OPERATIONS & SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT MANAGER: Cortex is currently seeking an Operations Manager. Please submit a letter of interest and resume to resumes@cortexstl.org. We will interview until we fill the position but prefer a submission date of January 12, 2024. 

Do you have a position opening to share with the District? Send the details to connections@cortexstl.org by Monday for posting each week.
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