January 15th, 2015 @ 5pm
The BALSA Group Information Session
When: Thursday January 15th @ 5PM
Where: Conner Auditorium, Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, Washington University School of Medicine.
Are you looking for opportunities to learn transferable skills through hands on experiences?
Are you interested in careers outside of Academia?
Does contributing to the entrepreneurial and start-up culture of St. Louis sound exciting?
If you answered yes to any of these questions please join members of The BALSA Group for an exciting information session on how you can get involved. The BALSA Group is a non-profit, student lead consulting firm which aims to provide hands on experience in the business of science and technology, focusing on the development of transferable skills. Learn about what you can expect as a BALSA member and how it can help you further your career goals! Food and beverages will be provided.
BALSA Members complete Border Wars Triathlon
On October 5, 2014, three BALSA members participated in the Border Wars Half Triathlon in Alton, Illinois, a race consisting of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run. Team BALSA Group placed fourth in the co-ed team division with a time of 5:19:11. Kate Keefer, a former nationally ranked collegiate swimmer, Brett Maricque, an accomplished cyclist, and George Schweitzer, a ten-time Ironman triathlon finisher, comprised the swim/bike/run trio with support from the BALSA Membership Fund, a micro-grant offered to active BALSA members for supporting professional development, team-building activities, and other creative ideas that support BALSA’s mission. Team members trained for months leading up to the event, overcame injury, and engaged businesses associated with the event to market The BALSA Group to the community. Border Wars Half Triathlon, owned by Racemaker Productions, was the inaugural event and represents the first half-iron distance triathlon raced in the St. Louis metro area.
November 21, 2014
Our November happy hour is the third installment of our Entrepreneurial Happy Hour series. Ted Kilgore of Planter’s House will be this month’s featured entrepreneur. You may remember Ted from Taste by Niche, where he showed St. Louis that you can do more with gin than just add some tonic. Kilgore, Jamie Kilgore, and Ted Charak partnered to open Planter’s House fall of last year and have certainly been welcomed by St Louis with open arms.
The happy hour will take place in upstairs in the Bullock Room from 6-8pm. Ted will share his 12+ years of experience with cocktails early in the evening. We will have drinks and several small plates to share. Come raise a glass with The BALSA Group!
The BALSA Foundation
Entry Program Awards 2014
On Monday December 8th at the Cambridge Innovation Center, BALSA will celebrate the entrepreneurs of St. Louis by awarding $1,000 to $5,000 to a handful of Entry Program participants. Community members representing all stakeholders within the St. Louis entrepreneurial ecosystem will be participating from budding and experienced entrepreneurs to investors and civic leaders. Together, we will celebrate the accomplishments of the many entrepreneurs connected to BALSA.
The BALSA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of The BALSA Group and was founded to support anyone wishing to pursue new business ideas but who may not have the background, resources, or funds needed to get started. The mission of The BALSA Foundation is to make entrepreneurship accessible – and success attainable – to everyone. It aims to cultivate an inclusive entrepreneurial culture in St. Louis by preparing any inventor or creative thinker to become active members of the St. Louis entrepreneurial community.
The Foundation will help anyone get started on their business idea through:
- The Entrepreneur’s Roadmap: A freely available step-by-step guide that explains the process of company formation and business development.
- The Entry Program: A two-phase program that includes constructive feedback from experienced business advisors and the potential to be awarded a non-dilutive grant of up to $5,000.
- The Entrepreneurs of St. Louis (EofStL): A photo-journalistic blog that highlights successful St. Louis small-business owners to foster a sense of community. Applicants can reach out to these entrepreneurs for mentorship, which creates bridges throughout the St. Louis community.
For more information, visit The BALSA Foundation’s website.