Arch Grants

Our mission is to advance economic development in the St. Louis region by attracting and retaining innovative entrepreneurs.

Arch Grants is a nonprofit organization that accelerates economic development 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.

Equity-Free Funding

Arch Grants awards $50,000 equity-free grants to innovative and scalable startups that agree to locate their business in St. Louis for a period of at least one year.

Programming and Services

In addition to the $50,000 in equity free funding, Arch Grants Recipients receive the following:

  • Pro-bono services (legal, accounting, marketing, HR, banking) in essential business areas
  • Personal introductions to strategic business and civic leaders
  • Access to angel investment and venture capital networks.
  • Educational programming
  • Access to Arch Grants leadership
  • Talent acquisition/recruiting services
  • Professional and high level business mentorship
  • Relocation assistance
  • Social support and community integration services
  • Inclusion into a community of innovative entrepreneurs

Venture Philanthropy

Arch Grants is a nonprofit organization at the center of a movement to accelerate economic development through entrepreneurship. We call this Venture Philanthropy.