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ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Regional Chamber announced this week that Matt Menietti will serve as its director of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Menietti, executive director of GlobalHack, said he sees an opportunity for the chamber to connect some of the siloed efforts in the St. Louis area’s entrepreneurship environment.

“We’ve come a long way as a startup community,” Menietti said, but he has his eye on the next steps forward.

The chamber’s previous director of innovation and entrepreneurship, Andrew Smith, resigned in March to join a group pushing to facilitate the construction of a St. Louis-to-Kansas City Hyperloop, the St. Louis Business Journal reported.

Menietti previously worked for Capital Innovators, which provides resources and an accelerator program for startups. He later joined the founding team of SixThirty, a financial technology venture fund and business development program.

In 2015, Menietti took on the role of executive director at GlobalHack, an organization that has a mission of driving social impact through technology. GlobalHack is known for its annual software-writing competition that aims to address real-world issues. In 2018, the competition focused on challenges facing immigrants and refugees. In 2016 it focused on homelessness.

Menietti, 33, grew up in Iowa but has lived in St. Louis since 2009. “It’s home for me,” he said.

He plans to leave GlobalHack on Monday.

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