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 a competitive 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.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Arch Grants’ mission is to transform the economy in St. Louis by attracting and retaining extraordinary entrepreneurs.

Since 2012, Arch Grants has awarded more than $11 million in cash grants to attract or retain 207 early-stage businesses in St. Louis, invigorating the city’s startup scene with new talent and ideas and helping to shape the future economy of the region.

Of the total cash grants, more than $10 million has been awarded through Arch Grants’ annual Startup Competition and $600,000 has been awarded in in non-dilutive grants through Growth Grants.

Through its program, Arch Grants’ portfolio companies have gone on to create over 2,300 jobs in the St. Louis region, generate over $479 million in revenue and attract over $411 million in follow-on capital.

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Arch Grants Articles

Big Pharma Teams Up with St. Louis Immunotherapy Startup & Why it Matters

2023 Holiday Gift Guide: Be An Angel (Investor) In St. Louis Retail Product Startups

Honeymoon Chocolates Tackles the Same Issues Covered in John Oliver’s Halloween Chocolate Report

10 Founders Share Advice on Applying to Arch Grants Startup Competition

Gabe Angieri Appointed to Executive Director at Arch Grants

STL AgTech Ecosystem Partners to Offer 5 Arch Grants to AgriFoodTech Startups

Arch Grants Startup Competition Increases Equity-Free Grant Funding Awards to $75,000

Arch Grants Awards $400,000 in Four Startup Growth Grants

Why Clockwork AI Left St. Louis

How TCARE Rapidly Expanded in St. Louis After Arch Grants

How Arch Grants Led Ola Ayeni to Create Claim Academy

Arch Grants’ Funding in Underestimated Founders Tracks Well Ahead of VC Firms

Now We Know Why Arch Grants Could Award More Grants in 2021

Five St. Louis Foodpreneurs in 2021 Arch Grants Cohort

Arch Grants Doubles Down in 2021

GiftAMeal Raises $500,000 Investment

Arch Grants Awards $200k in Growth Grants to Two Startups

Arch Grants Raises $1 million to back Black and Hispanic entrepreneurs

Arch Grants Surpasses $20 Million Milestone In Its Sustained Impact Campaign

Philanthropy and Funding: 5 Elements to Create Disruption for All

Startups Are About Operational Innovation, Not Just Tech

$950K in Grants Awarded to Growing Companies in St. Louis

Missed It? Catch Arch Grants First Ever Virtual Gala Online

Arch Grants Announces $100K Growth Grant

Arch Grants will award additional money to some past winners

Arch Grants launches new program to provide follow-on funding to startups

Arch Grants Extends 2020 Application Deadline Indefinitely, Announces Relief Fund

$50K Equity Free Funding Isn’t the Only Reason to Apply for an Arch Grant Says SwipeSum

Arch Grants to Provide Equity-Free Funding to 5 Geospatial Startups in 2020

Arch Grants Awards $1M in Equity-Free Funding to 20 Startups Committed to Operating from St. Louis

In 7 years, Arch Grants has Become Essential to the Startup Ecosystem

Arch Grants Discusses Building Economic Sustainability

Arch Grants Recipient, Prattle Acquired by Investment Network in New York

VaxNewMo’s Vaccine Breakthrough Published in Nature

Arch Grants: 2019 Global Startup Competition NOW OPEN

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Last Year, Support Organizations Collectively Found Over $8.3M (At Least) in New Funding for the Ecosystem

How St. Louis Made Tech Headlines

Ten Semi-Finalists Announced for $1,000,000 Pitch Competition

“How St. Louis Is Redefining Its Economy by Focusing on Startups”

Recapping the Web: “After Arch Grants: Two St. Louis Tech Companies Helping People with Vision, Hearing Impairments”

SwipeSum Raises A Cool Million

SensrTrx Partners With Jitterbit to Deliver API Integration Platform Capabilities

20 Startups Commit to St. Louis to Level Up Our City

Chaifetz Group Launches Competition to Offer $1 Million in Follow-on Capital to Arch Grant Recipients

A “No” from Arch Grants Isn’t a “No” to Your Business

Boomerang Generation: “The New Magnetism of Mid-Size Cities”

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The Bourbon Friday Show with Emily Lohse-Busch from Arch Grants

From Collaboration to Product Validation: An Interview with SentiAR CEO Jim Howard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Create Your List Of Internal Values, Add Your Customer’s Values, Then Go Live Like You Mean It

Network Density, Access to Talent and Maximizing Your Capital Are All Good Reasons to Move Your Startup to a “Second City”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Venture Philanthropy: A People-Centered Approach to Economic Development

Arch Grants gets $500,000 from Missouri Technology Corporation

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

Ben Burke on Commitment and Creativity at Arch Grants

5 Reasons To Build Your Startup in St. Louis

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

Arch Grants Emily Lohse-Busch

Arch Grants Hires Emily Lohse-Busch as its New Executive Director

Export Challenge

Applications Open for the 2017 St. Louis Export Challenge Powered by Arch Grants and JP Morgan Chase

Arch Grants Startup Raises Seed Round

St. Louis is Quickly Becoming One of the Best Places to Grow a Business

Arch Grants Show Big Impact in First Five Years

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Hůga Bar Showcases South American Flavors in a Delicious (and Nutritious) Granola Bar


How Arch Grants (and St. Louis) Helped These Companies Grow

Janus Choice

New to Town: Janus Choice, 2016 Arch Grants Recipient


Ginger Imster Joins the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership as VP of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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5 Reasons Your Business Should Apply for an Arch Grant

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Getting a Move on: How Label Insight Found its Path to Growth in Downtown St. Louis

Arch Grants Announces 10 Global Startup Competition Recipients for its Winter Class

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4 Years of Giving: Arch Grants’ Impact Since 2012

6 Reasons to Become a Friend of Arch Grants

On Corporate-Startup Collaboration: Ginger Imster of Arch Grants

Arch Grants Churns Out Accelerator Winners

Arch Grants Announces Summer 2016 Global Startup Competition Recipients

Creating an Inclusive Ecosystem: Dalychia Saah of Arch Grants

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

Arch Grants Keeps Its Entrepreneurs in the Ecosystem

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

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STL Startup Funding Guide

Disrupting Marketing with Influencers and Nick Szabo

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Label Insight Uses Data To Tell The Real Story Behind Your Food

Arch Grants Says STL Needs Startups, Not the NFL

12 Ways to Shop and Support STL Startups This Holiday Season

Gateway Media Acquires Viral Media Site

What’s Next For St. Louis With Ben Burke

What’s Next For St. Louis With Zimin Hang