We’ve Funded 114 Startups to Make a Difference in St. Louis

Today, I’m pleased to release our 2017 annual impact report. Typically, annual reports for non-profits focus on quantitative data, such as financials, but this...

From Science Research to IoT Device Design: Plant Analytics Startup Grows With Arch Grants

When Dr. Nadia Shakoor discovered the lack of availability and the prohibitive costs of plant data collecting devices on the market, she considered her...

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...

Heartland Hyperloop Could Create New Megaregion In Missouri

Presenting at Freightweek STL, Andrew Smith, Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with the St. Louis Regional Chamber, broke the news that Missouri may...

Brazen Elevator Pitch Event Winner: Shayba Muhammad On Being In Flow

People are often told that in order to be successful, one must put aside anything and everything that does not directly serve your creative...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

Innovation Hall is Emblematic Of All Our Achievements In Building The St. Louis Startup...

The opening of Innovation Hall in the Cortex Innovation District represents a new phase for the St. Louis startup community. In just ten years,...

Knowledge Drop Recap of 2018 Midwest Digital Marketing Conference

The 2018 Midwest Digital Marketing Conference (MDMC) was full of “gold nuggets and knowledge bombs left and right,” according to Stephanie Liu, one of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

From Humble Beginnings: The Conference Built On Social Media

What started out as a university department experiment, 6 years ago, has grown from a passion project into the fastest growing marketing conference in...

You Are (So Much) More Than Your Business Cards

I’ll never forget the first networking event I ever went to. Fresh out of college. Green. A stack of business cards in my pocket....

Meet the Underground Storyteller Creating Windows to the Soul (of the City)

Underground culture plays an important role in shaping a community, and one Florissant native is working to reshape how others view Saint Louis. More...

From Madison to STL: Rebate Bus Sets the Standard for Job Creation Through Innovation

The Ameren Accelerator didn’t just help Rebate Bus break into a highly competitive industry — it provided the support, guidance, and resources the company...

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...
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One Year in, the Ameren Accelerator Has Surpassed All Expectations

Offering a compelling combination of unparalleled infrastructure, experienced mentors, eager student interns, and $100,000 in seed funding, the Ameren Accelerator has been a gamechanger...
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News Flash for Energy Startups: The Power of Partnering with an Accelerator is Real

Given their capacity to connect founders to relevant mentors, candidates, and technology capabilities, accelerators provide energy startups with the operational leg up they need...

To improve healthcare, Washington University makes a big bet on big data

An introduction at the 2017 GlobalSTL Health Innovation Summit turned into a multi-million dollar partnership between Washington University and Israeli Health Startup MDClone. Here's...

Why 5 Israeli Startups Chose to Establish U.S. Headquarters in St Louis

This week, three delegations from St. Louis conclude trips to Israel. The delegations represent three industries that are not only among St. Louis’ fastest-growing, but...

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...

Tips On Pursuing a Career in Entrepreneurship: Finding a Startup That Works For You

Finding the right fit at a startup is a process that can be challenging, exciting, self-reflective, and empowering. Check out Suzanne’s story and her...
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The Consumers Council of Missouri: Fighting for Fair Power Pricing

As utility companies look to increase costs, the Consumers Council of Missouri works to keep essential services affordable for all St. Louisans. Many St. Louisans...

Two SixThirty Startups Raise $25 Million in Funding

2017 saw two SixThirty portfolio companies raise significant investment. Both companies are based in Israel and came to St Louis to work with SixThirty...

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...
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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...

The Truth about Tax Incentives

With some adjustments to the city’s tax abatement system, real estate developers can pursue successful projects that benefit all of St. Louis. Most of us...

The Rise of the Millennial Buyer in St. Louis

As the St. Louis innovation community grows, an influx of younger home buyers are coming to the city. Here’s how real estate agents can...

St Louis Startup Boom Was 20 Years In The Making

St Louis’ current position as a global leader in plant science and BioTech, didn’t happen overnight. Instead, careful planning over the course of two...

Why Every Company in St. Louis Should “Save the Raise”

Companies in St. Louis are no longer required to pay their minimum-wage employees $10 an hour. Here’s why they should do it anyway. If you...

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...

Ameren Accelerator Results Boost Energy Startups In St. Louis

The seven startups who came to St. Louis to participate in the Ameren Accelerator delivered a showcase of their innovative solutions and new energy...

Shared Experience Helps Ameren Accelerate And Build Culture of Innovation

Programmed by the University of Missouri System, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators, the Ameren Accelerator program is the first of its kind. The 12-week...
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7 Cool Cleantech Companies Join Ameren Accelerator

More than 200 companies from 31 countries and 23 states applied for the 12-week Ameren Accelerator program. The companies were selected through a series...
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Downtown St. Louis Garment District Continues to Grow with Search for New Placemaking Services

Significant investments in Downtown St. Louis over the last two decades have transformed former desolate areas like Washington Avenue into a thriving dining and entertainment destination. Now, In order to leverage opportunities for continued growth of the district, Downtown STL, Inc., in partnership with the Saint Louis Fashion Fund and others, is seeking proposals for placemaking services for the Historic Garment District in Downtown St. Louis.
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Why STL Innovators Should Attend “Downtown Online” on June 15

St. Louis’ Downtown has seen a tremendous amount of growth over the last few years. To celebrate this growth and to share updates with the public, Downtown STL, Inc. will host its annual event, “Downtown Online,” on June 15. Here's why you should be there.
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Free “Roadmap to Entrepreneurship” Conference Invites Aspiring and Current Entrepreneurs to Learn and Network...

St. Louis’ startup ecosystem has no shortage of events to attend, but very few focus on helping new or aspiring entrepreneurs navigate the nuts and bolts of getting started. On Monday, June 12, the Missouri Venture Forum will help fill in the gaps with its second annual Roadmap to Entrepreneurship conference, which brings together some of the most experienced leaders in the St. Louis startup community for a full afternoon of learning. Here's who should go.
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One Day To Sell STL: 12 Israel AgTech Companies Visit St. Louis on Spring...

On March 6, 12 AgTech companies from Israel landed in St. Louis for a day-long dive into all things startup, hosted by GlobalSTL in partnership with the Government of Israel Economic Mission and BIRD Foundation. Here's the who-what-when-where...and what's next.

PWE Accelerator Attracts CEOs from all over: Spotlight on Brooklyn-based Humblee

Zuley Clarke, co-founder and CEO of Humblee, is a Spring 2017 graduate of Prosper Women Entrepreneur’s (PWE) Startup Accelerator. Her B2B company, based in Brooklyn, New...

STLVentureWorks’ 5 Innovation Centers Help Grow Businesses From All Industries

“Each of our incubators has its own personality,” says Ginger Imster, VP of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, the organization that manages the five STL VentureWorks innovation centers. Here is a rundown of each center's features and amenities–and who's there.
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Hůga Bar Showcases South American Flavors in a Delicious (and Nutritious) Granola Bar

It seems like everyone has their go-to healthy granola bar these days. Meet STL-based Huga Bar, a newer competitor on the market offering up gluten-free, GMO-free, and Kosher bars that blend the founders' own heritage with top-quality ingredients for delicious—and nutritious—snacking.
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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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Cortex Looks Ahead: Cortex Special Feature, Chapter 4, 2017 and Beyond

An update on Cortex's latest phase of development–and what's to come after that.
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Cortex Shifts Focus: Cortex Special Feature, Chapter 3, 2010-2016

The moment in the story where everything changes: Cortex becomes a mixed-use district for innovators of all stripes.
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Cortex’s Evolution from a Life Science District to a Magnet for St. Louis Innovators:...

The Cortex Innovation Community is a center of gravity for St. Louis’ startup ecosystem. In this feature series, we explore its past, present and future with an eye to impact.
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From Israel to Ireland: Checking in With GlobalSTL

The initiative can now boast five international startup companies that have chosen St. Louis for their US base. Here's a look at some of their success stories.
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A Core Commitment: What’s Next for the Downtown St. Louis Innovation District

St. Louis has begun to make a name for itself in the world of high-tech and IT entrepreneurs. Here's the latest on the role Downtown St. Louis plays in propelling our city's innovation community forward.
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How Saint Louis University Led the Entrepreneurial Education Revolution

While St. Louis has been becoming more known around the country as an emerging hub for tech startups, Saint Louis University is a place where a focus on entrepreneurship isn’t a new trend.

Meet Tim Stern: General Partner of Cultivation Capital

Timothy Stern, a General Partner at Cultivation Capital, knows what it takes to build a company. He also believes that innovation and a focus on technology...
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5 Things Every Business Owner Should Know About Data Speed

It's no surprise that the type of business internet connection you invest in is critical. Connectivity through phone lines–although it is the most widely...

How Green Street is Repurposing St. Louis

Positioning matters—and for startups, everything from the mission statement to customer support is scrutinized. But all too often in a digitally driven, co-working friendly...

How to Exit at a Billion: Don’t Think About Exiting

It’s what a lot of founders dream about—whether or not they say it out loud—and it’s the easy way to validate that a city’s...

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...

3mbassy Helps Early-Stage Startups Build Their Brands

Located at OPO Startups, 3mbassy is a full service agency for startups who have less than 12 months under their belts. With a desire...

Industrious Inspires Community and Collaboration

The benefits of officing out of Industrious are fast internet, local snacks and drinks and educational programming, but one feature that Industrious excels at is realizing the...

WashU Competitions Launch New Companies in STL

In the startup world, competitions provide an array of opportunities for entrepreneurs to win funding as well as mentorship and training. Washington University in...

SafeTrek Provides Personal Safety at the Touch of a Button

Everyone can remember a moment they felt unsafe. Perhaps it was late and you were walking alone. Maybe you were waiting for a train...

Founder Series: Vijoy Rao of Magic Room

Vijoy Rao has been a musician in St. Louis for most of his life, so when he decided to leave his VP position at...

What to Expect from Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs (PWE) Startup Accelerator is always working to support woman-led businesses through investment, mentorship and networking. Startups that go through the program...

Industrious Celebrates Its First Year in St. Louis: 10 Things the Co-working Space has...

This month, Industrious, the elegant blend of co-working and private office space in Downtown St. Louis, celebrates its one-year anniversary. The occasion was marked...

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...

11 Washington University Companies That Have Made an Impact on STL’s Startup Scene

As we all know, St. Louis' startup growth has been accelerating at record speed in the last five years. That said, some of our region's most successful...

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