Introducing the Newest Launch 18-Month Partner, Urban Harvest STL! posted 02/05/18


After an extensive review process, Launch St. Louis’ 18-month partnership committee is thrilled to announce we have partnered with Urban Harvest STL to help them develop a new Young Friends board, the Young Friends of Urban Harvest!

The mission of Urban Harvest STL is one that we at Launch are incredibly passionate about for many reasons, one of which is how targeted it is to the St. Louis community. Their goal of eliminating food deserts and food insecurity in St. Louis while also creating atmospheres for community interaction is not only appealing to many diverse groups, but will have a ripple effect that will influence development in St. Louis for years to come.

Urban Harvest STL has a strong vision and purpose for the Young Friends board Launch will be helping them to create and manage. Young people are a very important part of what Urban Harvest does, and the Young Friends group will help to organize and focus these volunteers. The board will also bring a new level of skill, expertise and passion to the team, and help to develop events and ideas that will allow Urban Harvest STL to flourish and evolve. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the Young Friends of Urban Harvest STL will form a pipeline of new leadership to eventually serve as the next generation on the parent board.

To kick off recruitment for the Young Friends of Urban Harvest, Launch St. Louis and Urban Harvest STL are holding a happy hour this week Thursday at Urban Chestnut in the Grove.  Please see here for more information and we look forward to seeing you there!

Five Key Takeaways From The Launch “Gateway To The Future” Summit posted 11/14/16

More than 100 young professionals from the St. Louis area gathered at T-REX in downtown to connect with one another and learn from some of the area’s top nonprofit leaders at the 4th annual Launch “Gateway to the Future” Summit.


When Bigger Isn’t Always Better: Why One Non-Profit Opted for a Smaller Fundraiser posted 08/03/16

When it comes to events, the common mindset is “Go Big or Go Home”.  This is especially true for Non-Profits, since often the number of annual events is limited so you want to make sure every experience for your guests is significant and memorable.   (more…)

Summer Non-Profit and Young Professional Events posted 05/23/16

Downtown St Louis, MO with the Old Courthouse and the Gateway Arch at sunrise

Every Tuesday this Summer:

APA Adoption Center
Tuesday Tails 10:30 am – 11 am

Every Tuesday APA Education Director Jennifer Blome and special guests host an hour of storytime for children ages 2-5 and their parents. All are welcome, no registration necessary. Get details here.

Spring Non-Profit and Young Professional Events posted 03/24/16

Every Tuesday this Spring:
APA Adoption Center
Tuesday Tails
10:30 am – 11 am

Every Tuesday APA Education Director Jennifer Blome and special guests host  an hour of storytime for children ages 2-5 and their parents. All are welcome, no registration necessary. Get details here. (more…)

January 2016 Nonprofit and Young Professional Events posted 01/06/16


Make the most of the New Year with a few cocktails and good company while exploring St. Louis’s vibrant nonprofit landscape. Here’s what civically minded young professionals are up to this month: (more…)

Launch St. Louis welcomes Travis Sheridan to Gateway to the Future. posted 09/16/15

600_434905412Travis Sheridan is a born hustler. Though he’s been everything from a bank manager to a stand-up comedian, he has always inspired hustling (also known as innovative thinking). Travis moved to St. Louis from the California coast and is currently the executive director of the Venture Café in St. Louis, a place where serendipitous collisions happen between brilliant minds and entrepreneurial energy. (more…)

Summer 2014 Nonprofit, Networking, and Young Professional Events in St. Louis posted 06/11/14

This summer is packed with exciting local nonprofit and young professional events. Is there something we missed? Be sure to let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments.  (more…)

Meet Betsy Cohen – she’s a Gateway to the Future panelist posted 10/10/13

In our final panelist feature, we’re “sitting down” with Betsy Cohen. She’s the Project Director of the Immigration and Innovation Initiative at World Trade Center St. Louis.


Q&A with Gateway to the Future Panelist Derek Rapp posted 10/09/13

Derek Rapp is Monsanto’s Mergers and Acquisitions & New Growth Platform Lead and a member of the Monsanto Advisory Council. He oversees the company’s acquisitions, divestitures and assessments of a wide variety of investment opportunities.

He’s also a panelist at our upcoming summit. Meet Derek below. (more…)