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Travis Sheridan, Dougan Sherwood | Startup Your Startup

It’s not often that a venue gets about as much buzz as the events it hosts, but that has certainly been the case for CIC@4240 and Blayzer’s November 5th Start Up Your Startup event. The free seminar and networking reception is scheduled from 4-8 PM at the Venture Café inside CIC@4240, St. Louis’s newest co-working and tech startup space.

“We’re very excited to be hosting our event at the Venture Café. It’s a really great space – not just visually, but also in terms of what it stands for. Bringing people together, collaborating, and building up the innovation community here in St. Louis… That’s exactly what Start Up Your Startup is all about,” said Brad Goldenberg, partner and CEO of Blayzer.

Helping to welcome the audience into the space and kick off the evening’s program will be Travis Sheridan and Dougan Sherwood.

Travis Sheridan
Travis Sheridan, Executive Director, Venture Cafe Foundation – St. Louis

Travis is the founding Executive Director of Venture Café Foundation – St. Louis. He has spent the past decade working with more than 400 startups in California and St. Louis. His goal is to use innovation and entrepreneurship to drive community and economic development. Travis is a co-founder of both 59DaysOfCode and GlobalHack. These competitions are creators of community and help identify talent. A frequent speaker, Travis honed his skills while doing standup for more than three years. Always looking for a new way to engage smart people, Travis hosts a monthly Boozestorming session that encourages people to drink outside the box and change the world one sip at a time. Be sure to check out for the latest events and updates from the Venture Café St. Louis.



Dougan Sherwood
Dougan Sherwood, Co-Founder & Managing Director, CIC – St. Louis

Dougan Sherwood is Co-Founder and Managing Director of CIC St. Louis. Before coming to St. Louis, Dougan led the Sales and Relationship Management team in Cambridge. Prior to his work at CIC, Dougan spent several years working in experiential education throughout the United States with a particular focus on leadership development for high achieving students. Currently, he organizes an annual bicycle fundraiser for injured service men and women and sits on the Board of Directors for Youth CITIES, a program that introduces students to social entrepreneurship. Keep up with Dougan (if you can!) by following all the latest news at

“Having Travis and Dougan start things off by addressing all the activity happening right now with startups in St. Louis is really going to set the tone of the event,” said Goldenberg. “As much as we want people to take away ideas and tools and strategies they can put into practice for their business, we also want them to leave feeling energized and motivated by what’s going on around them.”

Start Up Your Startup is a no-cost seminar and networking event that will shed new light on tools and tactics startups, SMBs and entrepreneurs can use to transform their bright ideas into successful business strategies. The event will be held from 4:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at the Venture Café in the newly opened CIC@4240. Learn more and sign up for free at