Spirit of Maryville 2018: Tyler Mathews

Tyler Mathews

Tyler Mathews—an entrepreneur, innovator, marketer and organizer—is executive director for Venture Cafe STL, which enhances and accelerates the innovation process through spaces, programs and conversations for individuals and organizations to collaborate and build relationships.

As the former marketing director of Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital, Tyler launched their marketing department and led marketing, branding, fundraising and digital efforts to raise awareness for children facing the most complex medical challenges.

Tyler, ’09, ’12, has his undergraduate and MBA degrees from Maryville. Having chased his own business ideas he has firsthand experience in what it takes to make dreams come true. He founded Yougy, a geolocation mobile startup, launched an experimental new media art event, and co-launched and organized the first Art Hack Day in St. Louis.

At Venture Café, Tyler leans on his collective entrepreneurial and business experience to bring the right people together to build on their business ideas and nurture their dreams, serving as a force in solidifying St. Louis’s role in the national startup scene.