ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – As part of an effort to cement the Gateway City's status as a cheap location for startups, Startup Missouri is sending numerous local entrepreneurs to the South by Southwest Interactive Festival.

Ryan Brennell of Gladitood and Alex Cruz of PenPath will join the Startup Missouri caravan to the festival after winning the South By SouthWest Video competition. They receive free lodging and a complimentary badge – gaining them access to thousands of SXSW events.

Startup Missouri is also helping other entrepreneurs attend the festival by providing a scholarship for a badge and help with lodging and transportation costs.

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