Arch Grants

Arch Grants is a nonprofit organization that is building a new economy by providing $50,000 equity-free grants and pro bono support services to entrepreneurs who locate their early-stage businesses in St. Louis. Through its competitive Global Startup Competition, Arch Grants retains and attracts the most innovative entrepreneurs to the St. Louis region. This program is an aggressive effort to inspire the next generation of employers, civic leaders, and philanthropists for St. Louis.

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Arch Grants on EQ

From Norway to St. Louis: An Entrepreneur’s Journey

IT buff and go-getter Geir Karlsen is on a lifelong mission to expand his knowledge — of everything from business acumen to cultural differences. “In the process of becoming an entrepreneur, I realized that I...

It Takes a Village (and Universities Directly Engaging the Startup Ecosystem) to Retain Talent...

On the subject of talent retention, every city finds it a challenge to compete with the bright lights of major tech centers like San Francisco or New York. But St. Louis has proven that...

Universities in St. Louis Are More Engaged Than Ever In the Startup Ecosystem

At their recent event, Merge Summit, Emily Lohse-Busch, Executive Director of Arch Grants, discussed the role of solid research and support of entrepreneurship from local universities. While business and academia haven’t always gone hand in...

New Conference Aims to Prepare St. Louis Workforce to Transform Into A.I. Tech Hub

Among the legends within the St. Louis’ entrepreneur community, David Karandish and Chris Sims, have launched a non-profit called Prepare.ai dedicated to driving the City forward in workforce development to become a tech talent...

Arch Grants Global Startup Competition Entrants: Get Ready for Transformative Feedback

Successful startups know the value of “failing faster” – that is, recognizing errors or opportunities for improvement early and course-correcting until they achieve their goals. But it isn’t always easy to take feedback in...

Creator Platform for Private Label Fashion Designers is Reclaiming Threads of St. Louis’ History

Most entrepreneurs would not launch a company with two businessmen from different corners of the globe and little industry experience. Tiffany Chimal is not most entrepreneurs. In the spring of 2016, a young woman with...

Create Your List Of Internal Values, Add Your Customer’s Values, Then Go Live Like...

Perhaps the biggest result of the startup boom has been a widespread paradigm shift in the way businesses approach culture. Entrepreneurs around the world have been quick to adopt the trademarks of the new...

Network Density, Access to Talent and Maximizing Your Capital Are All Good Reasons to...

Smaller “second” cities can offer a lower cost of living, robust regional networks, and a wealth of highly skilled talent. Late 2017 saw a shift in cultural attitudes, where even respected VCs are beginning...

How Allison Mitchell Made the Leap from Philosophy Major to Fashion Designer

As Richard Branson once said, “In the end, you have to say ‘Screw it. Just do it.’” That means ignore the naysayers, outwork the competition, and take any risks needed to ensure success. Sometimes finding...

How this Powerlifter is Running a Startup in Four Countries from a Desk at...

Avi Silverberg is on the leading edge of a movement to redefine work in the digital age. He’s the co-founder of MyStrengthBook, a custom software package designed to help athletes and coaches build workouts...

Bioscience Startup Founders: Expect Bumps in the Road From Academic to Entrepreneur

After receiving his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, Christian Harding embarked on a post-doc fellowship that soon evolved into VaxNewMo, a biotech company developing antibacterial vaccines. Although his new company was built around his core...

Mission Driven Startup Radically Thought Through Business Model to Reach Sustainable Business Goals

"Sustainability is one of the greatest business challenges of our time," Emily Lohse-Busch, Executive Director of Arch Grants told EQ. "Every company needs a 360-degree view of its impact, and our goal is to...

SentiAR Scored A Major Milestone In Federal Grant Peer Review Process

What do you think of when you think of augmented reality? Yep, finding Pokemon in the Missouri Botanical Garden. The flagship example of a successful augmented reality startup is Niantic, the makers of Pokemon...

Want to Supercharge Your Startup? Apply for Arch Grants’ 2018 Startup Competition

The Arch Grants team is thrilled to announce the 2018 Arch Grants Global Startup Competition. The competition opens on February 1st to startups around the world. Each winning company will receive a $50,000 equity-free grant,...

Hey, St. Louis – Let’s Build the Next Amazon Here

St. Louis won’t be Amazon’s second headquarters, but we have the talent, energy, and ambition to build our tech ecosystem from the ground up. Earlier today, Amazon announced that it’s narrowed the search for its...
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Venture Philanthropy: A People-Centered Approach to Economic Development

Venture philanthropy applies the principles of venture capital to address societal issues and transform communities. Here’s how Arch Grants puts these principles into practice to fuel future economic growth in St. Louis. If there’s one...

18 Startups Win $50,000 Each To Locate Their Business In St Louis

Arch Grants has awarded $900,000 in grant funds to 18 new startups and early-stage businesses. The winners were announced at the 5th annual Arch Grants Gala on Friday night. Each of the winning companies...

Arch Grants’ New Executive Director on Why Startups Should Choose St. Louis

Arch Grants recently announced Emily Lohse-Busch as its new Executive Director. EQ had the opportunity to have a candid chat with her about what brought her back to St. Louis, her vision for Arch Grants and her thoughts on the growth of entrepreneurship in St. Louis.
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How Arch Grants–and St. Louis–Helped These Companies Grow

Arch Grants recently launched applications for its 2017 class of Arch Grants recipients. We reached out to five companies who have already been through the process to see what they had to say about being a part of Arch Grants and building their companies in St. Louis.
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New to Town: Janus Choice, 2016 Arch Grants Recipient

Arch Grants works to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses, and fall in love with St. Louis at the same time. Meet one recent win: Janus Choice.
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Jump Start Your 2017: 5 Reasons Your Business Should Apply for an Arch Grant

It’s no secret that to get a business started, one needs cash and a superior support system. If you haven't already applied for an Arch Grants, here are five reasons you should.
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4 Years of Giving: Arch Grants’ Impact Since 2012

With the Arch Grants annual gala coming up on Nov. 4, it’s a good time to look back over the last five years and the impact of the organization on St. Louis. With a...

6 Reasons to Become a Friend of Arch Grants

Dave Finklang, president of the Friends of Arch Grants board, never thought he’d come back to St. Louis. Originally from Troy, Missouri, he left to fly planes as a commercial airline pilot, and while...

Two Arch Grants Companies Shine This Election Year

Few things are more visibly disruptive to the process of democracy than the long lines of frustrated voters. In a contentious Presidential election year such as this one, mounting grievances have already been realized...

Arch Grants Churns Out Accelerator Winners

Amit Kothari has achieved the status of bad ass. The technology entrepreneur steps out of a seminar in Silicon Valley hosted by 500 Startups, a global venture capital seed fund and startup accelerator, to...

How Swizzle’s Founder Left—and Came Back to—St. Louis

In 2009, Nick Szabo looked around his hometown of St. Louis and didn’t see a lot of opportunity. The systems and personalities around entrepreneurship that may seem inherent to some were not yet in...

Arch Grants Keeps Its Entrepreneurs in the Ecosystem

Jonathan Leek never thought of himself as an entrepreneur. More often, he saw himself as a geek. When he was in college at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, he was fascinated by...

How Arch Grant’s Recipient Hemadvance Attracted its Startup Dream Team

As the leading cause of mortality in the world—responsible for more than 30 percent of global deaths according to the World Health Organization—the magnitude of of cardiovascular disease can be overwhelming. But the magnitude of...
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New Friends of Arch Grants Program Announced

For the past 18 months, Dave Finklang’s inbox and voicemail have been full. Most are friends and colleagues that have heard he is involved with Arch Grants. And, after a five-year track record of...

12 Ways to Shop and Support STL Startups This Holiday Season

The holiday season is in full swing, and right now you might be scrambling to find meaningful gifts for loved ones. Instead of re-gifting last year’s reject presents, you can choose to be a bastion of local businesses. This...

This Serial Entrepreneur Still Finds New Ways to Scale Up

Jim Spicuzza knows more than your average entrepreneur about the path to a creating a buyout. Back in the days of dlal-up before internet startups were even a trend, Spicuzza sold his first business,...

Get Excited for Arch Grants Gala 2015

Galas can be a tiresome sort of ritual. Complete with the silent auctions, rented suits and pretentious pomp. But Arch Grants, a St. Louis-based nonprofit supporting entrepreneurship, is making final preparations for its third...

Internships Create Deep Community Impact: 4 Ways To Start Your Career In Startups

As with most recent graduates, Tom McClure had lofty intentions when he finished up at UC-Berkley with a BA in public policy and anthropology this past year. He did not want to settle for...

Intel: How Venture Philanthropy is Taking Shape In St. Louis

Venture philanthropy might not be a household term, but it's taking place in our own backyard. Arch Grants, a non-profit organization providing $50,000 of equity-free funding, support and services to startups through its competitions,...

Meet Arch Grants: STL’s Own Innovative Funding Resource

Across the US, startups are receiving more of what they need most—funding.
Jobsite Unite, at the Arch Grants Summer Cohort announcement

US Entrepreneurs Report Increased Access To Capital In Last 6 Months

Entrepreneurs' Organization, a global business network founded in 1987, released its latest report on US and global entrepreneurism in March of 2015. Released every six months, the reports reflect the mood of the most up-to-date...

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Diagnostics Tool Developer Secures $1M in Funding to Detect GI Disease

For life sciences startup Geneoscopy, successful fundraising meant finding creative applications for their technology, accepting and implementing feedback, and lots of stool samples.

Video Streaming Startup Launches Product Aimed at Fast Growing Global Market Research Industry

FocalCast, a St. Louis-based technology startup incubated by Capital Innovators and 2016 Arch Grant Recipient,...

How Allison Mitchell Made the Leap from Philosophy Major to Fashion Designer

As Richard Branson once said, “In the end, you have to say ‘Screw it. Just...

How this Powerlifter is Running a Startup in Four Countries from a Desk at T-Rex

Avi Silverberg is on the leading edge of a movement to redefine work in the...

SentiAR Scored A Major Milestone In Federal Grant Peer Review Process

What do you think of when you think of augmented reality? Yep, finding Pokemon in...