About Arch Grants

Arch Grants seeks to create a more robust startup culture and infrastructure in St. Louis.  To increase employment growth and establish St. Louis as a place where entrepreneurs want to start and grow their businesses, Arch Grants offers startups funding in the form of grants and supports the startups as they remain or transition to downtown St. Louis.  The Arch Grants Business Plan Competition helps to shape the image of St. Louis among aspiring entrepreneurs and others looking to have a formative role in building a new entrepreneurial climate in St. Louis.

Through the Business Plan Competition, Arch Grants selects promising startups to receive $50,000.  Typically, taking venture capital forces an aspiring entrepreneur to sacrifice a significant stake in their company in exchange for funds.  This process is often limited to ventures with access to the startup hotbeds like Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston.  Arch Grants provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to start a business with non-dilutive capital.  In addition, Arch Grants supports the growth of winning companies by providing access to business networking and mentoring, free legal and accounting services, collaboration with local universities, and discounts on housing and affordable office space.  After receiving an initial Arch Grant, startups have the opportunity to secure a second round of up to $100,000 in funding along with direct access to St. Louis-based angel investors.

To provide winners with the best chance of success, Arch Grants partners with comparable economic development endeavors in St. Louis that currently support business growth in the city including Innovation Venture Mentoring Service, St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, Regional Business Council, Washington University, St. Louis University, University of Missouri at St. Louis, Webster University, and Harris Stowe University.

Arch Grants, registered as the Entrepreneur Startup Business Development Corporation, is a Missouri not-for-profit corporation that has achieved 501(c)(3) status with the Department of Treasury as a tax deductible entity. Our 990, certain governing documents, conflict of interest policy and financial statements may be available upon request.