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Applications Open for 2017 Arch Grants Global Startup Competition

March 2, 2017 • Arch Grant News

The Arch Grants Global Startup Competition will be open from March 1 to May 15, 2017. Arch Grants launched its 2017 Global Startup Competition application cycle and will award up to twenty $50,000 equity-free cash grants and pro bono support services to innovative and scalable startups that agree to locate their business in St. Louis […]

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Key Points on NGA Status Update

April 11, 2016 • Arch Grant News

On March 31, NGA Director Roberto Cardillo announced the north St. Louis site as its preferred location for its much anticipated move. Although St. Louis was announced as the preferred location, the deal is not yet done. Now begins a public comment period through April 16. This is the next step in the process of bringing the […]

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Key Points on MTC from Gov Nixon Update

April 11, 2016 • Arch Grant News

Arch Grants is part of a coalition that supports continued and increased funding of MTC. As the 2016 legislative session continues, there is collective hope that the legislature will ultimately approve an increase of $10M in core funding to MTC for 2017. Continued and increased funding of MTC is essential to the growth and stability […]

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Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis Management Communication Client Project

October 13, 2015 • Arch Grant News

For the third semester in a row, Arch Grants is participating as a class client for the Management Communication program at Olin Business School at Washington University. The Mission of the Management Communication Client Project (MCCP) is to partner St. Louis organizations with Olin Business Communication students for a mutually beneficial learning experience. Partner organizations […]

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Tim Rowe Keynote Address at Maritz Innovation Symposium 2015

October 13, 2015 • GeneralIncubator

On Tuesday, September 15th, Arch Grants attended the final keynote address of the Maritz Innovation Symposium, held this year at the Maritz Campus from September 14th-15th.  The final keynote address titled “The Rise of Downtown Innovation Districts” was given by Tim Rowe, the founder and CEO of CIC, Cambridge Innovation Center.  Tim Rowe was a […]

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Preston Keller of Adarza BioSystems

April 16, 2015 • General

This month we sat down with Preston Keller of Adarza BioSystems, Inc. about life as an entrepreneur in St. Louis. Adarza BioSystems is a 2013 Arch Grant Recipient. What does Adarza BioSystems do? We have an innovative technology that detects proteins and other analytes in various sample types including human blood or extracts from plants. […]

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Pat Hughes of Hyde

January 21, 2015 • General

This month we interviewed Pat Hughes, CEO and Co-Founder of Hyde Sportswear, about life as an entrepreneur and his experience so far in St. Louis. Hyde is a 2014 Arch Grants Recipient. Hyde is a sporting equipment manufacturer and the developer of the Wingman. What is the Wingman? The Wingman is an inflation vest and […]

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Andrew Chapin from benjamin

December 12, 2014 • General

This month we interviewed Andrew Chapin, Founding Partner of benjamin, about life as an entrepreneur and his experience so far in St. Louis. benjamin is a 2014 Arch Grants Recipient.   Tell us about your company. Our company benjamin is a mobile app that gives the end-user two things: targeted deals on products that you […]

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Tyler King of Less Annoying CRM

November 21, 2014 • General

This month we interviewed Tyler King, Co-Founder and CEO at Less Annoying CRM, about life as an entrepreneur and his experience so far in St. Louis. Less Annoying CRM is a 2014 Arch Grants Recipient.   What is your business? Our business is to create a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software for very small businesses […]

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Abby Cohen, Andrew Brimer of Sparo Labs

July 24, 2014 • General

Sparo Labs, co-founded by Abby Cohen and Andrew Brimer, focuses on personalized solutions to managing asthma, all through real-time data. From the birth of an idea while at college to a 2013 Arch Grant and beyond, Sparo Labs has come a long way since inception. Abby tells us just how far they have come in a […]

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Arch Grants, Prezi Style

July 22, 2014 • General

You’ve seen the names of the Arch Grants winners, but what are the stories behind them? Each company began with a great idea and an entrepreneur with the resolve to make it happen. Find out where the idea for each 2014 Arch Grants company began– be it an “aha!” moment while sitting on the steps […]

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Candy Lab Launches Candy B.A.R.™ – Industry’s First Blended Augmented Reality Platform

May 23, 2014 • General

Santa Clara, CA, May 26, 2014 – Candy Lab will present Candy B.A.R.™ at the Augmented World Expo 2014 taking place May 26th – 29th, 2014 in Santa Clara, CA. Candy B.A.R. is a unique marketing platform for brands and events looking to maximize user engagement through highly-engaging, location-specific offers and promotional campaigns. Candy B.A.R.’s […]

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Tech Cocktail Covers Arch Grants’ Journey to Boosting St. Louis Entrepreneurial Culture

January 31, 2014 • General

Tech Cocktail is an online media company with the community for innovation enthusiasts to come together to learn and discuss new ideas happening all over the country. Tech Cocktail was started in 2006 by Frank Gruber, a former AOL and Tribune product strategist. At first, its aim was only to accelerate the local Chicago startup scene […]

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Arch Grants 2014 Global Business Plan Competition in the Works

January 9, 2014 • General

ST LOUIS, MO (January 2014)-Arch Grants is well on its way for the third year of the Global Business Plan Competition. Applications for the Global Business Plan Competition are now being accepted online at It has been announced that the final deadline for applications to be submitted is February 21st. New entrepreneurs have the […]

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Arch Grants Announces New Board Additions

October 3, 2013 • General

St. Louis, MO (September, 2013) – Arch Grants, the global St. Louis startup competition that provides $50,000 non-dilutive grants to early stage ventures, announces today that three new members have been selected to serve on the organization’s board of directors. The three new members are: Clifford Holekamp; Jay Steinback; and Laurna Godwin. Clifford Holekamp is […]

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Bringing Modern Technology to the World of Asthma: Sparo Labs

September 20, 2013 • General

            Like many chronic diseases, doctors and researchers have been studying asthma for decades trying to understand how it works on both a micro/physiological scale, but also on a macro/public health scale. Despite advances in our understanding of this disease along with new treatments and technologies being developed over the years, asthma continues to be […]

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September 17, 2013 • General

  September 16, 2013 (St. Louis, MO) — Andrew Brimer and Abigail Cohen, recent WashU engineering graduates (class of 2013) and co-founders of the med-tech startup Sparo Labs, were announced as the $150,000 grand prize winners of the CIMIT Student Technology Prize for Primary Care, defeating graduate student and post-doctoral teams from MIT, University of […]

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FoodEssentials Levels-Up Technology Team With Data Veteran.

September 17, 2013 • General

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   FoodEssentials Levels-Up Technology Team With Data Veteran.   ST LOUIS, MO – September 13, 2013 – Working with vast amounts of quality dependent data requires process driven decision making and attention to detail. Most importantly it requires an excellent technology team and a great management team. FoodEssentials is now proud to […]

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Easytork Automation Corporation: A Merger of Two Worlds

September 13, 2013 • General

By: George Wang I began my career as an investment banker in New York City, and my views of companies were abstract with their worth quantifiable into tables with best case and worst case scenarios. Never mind the idea, the execution, or the team – just give me the precise numbers, and there better be […]

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IDC Projects Announces Name Change to Lumate

September 12, 2013 • General

ST. LOUIS, MO – September 9, 2013 – – Lumate, a context driven mobile advertising platform, today announced its new logo and branding. Formerly IDC Projects, the companyis now known as Lumate. The change reflects an effort to create a more customer-friendly brand. Lumate partnered with goBRANDgo! to design and develop the new brand. “We […]

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StartUp Connection: October 3, 2013

September 10, 2013 • General

  October 3, 2013 4:00 – 8:30 p.m. Saint Louis Science Center   Experience St. Louis’ entrepreneur community! Innovation Showcase – 60 top startups Resource Fair – Explore 50 organizations that can help your startup Innovation News – Highlights of ’13 and exciting news for ’14! Awards – $135,000+ in prizes Honor our Startup Champion […]

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Candy Lab helps Arch Grants go mobile

September 9, 2013 • Candy LabStartups

Candy Lab founder attributes skills learned in military and Arch Grants to success as entrepreneur, helps Arch Grants go mobile   St. Louis, MO (August 2013)— Candy Lab, a 2013 Arch Grant recipient startup that makes small business apps and augmented reality adds clout to the 2011 survey statistics released by the Small Business Association […]

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TrakBill: Legislative Tracking Made Simple

September 6, 2013 • General

By Steven Marciniak     Legislative Tracking Made Simple There are tens of thousands of bills filed at the federal and state level every year. In addition, each of these bills may see multiple revisions and amendments before potentially being adopted. It is crucial for Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations to be aware of […]

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TrakBill to Host Roundtable on Technology in Education

September 4, 2013 • General

Discussion: Bridging the Gap between Technology and Education Partner: Digital Learning Alliance Location: 1017 Olive Street, Suite 700, Saint Louis, Missouri 63101 Time: Thursday, September 5, 2013, 2:00pm to 4:00pm Event Details: Utilizing the varied expertise and industry experience of Saint Louis Region executives, educators and legislators, TrakBill and the Digital Learning Alliance are hosting a […]

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EternoGen Closes $1 Million Series A Financing

August 30, 2013 • General

Summer 2013 – Venture-backed EternoGen LLC. announces that its closure on $1.065 million in Series A financing and anticipates a second tranche of up to $500,000 due to significant interest from the investment community. EternoGen is committed to making its platform technology, Nano Engineered Collagen Replenishment Therapy a leader in the rapidly growing regenerative aesthetic […]

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Arch Grants Releases First Year’s Impact in St. Louis and Announces Gala

August 29, 2013 • General

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 29, 2013   Arch Grants Releases First Year’s Impact in St. Louis and Announces Gala   St. Louis, MO (August 29, 2013)—Arch Grants, the St. Louis global startup competition that provides $50,000 non-dilutive grants to startup businesses announced the results for its first year operations of the winning startup companies. In […]

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Code Red Education: Altruistic Edupreneurs

August 23, 2013 • General

By: Michael Palmer To paraphrase Martin Luther King, Jr., when schools flourish then everything flourishes.  After being an educator for the past decade, my colleagues and I have seen a narrowing of the mission of schools in general.  When America’s public education system was established, it was originally a two tract system.  By the end […]

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Fashion Meets Sports: Triflare

August 19, 2013 • General

By: Andrea Robertson We love fashion and we love sports! Why not put the two together? Triflare is a triathlon/athletic apparel company designed with every level of the woman competitor in mind.  Our mission is to provide women athletes on all skill levels with gear that is beautiful but hard driving, daring but unrelenting, uncommon […]

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Lunch and Learn with Mueller Prost: Grants and Tax Incentives for startups

August 14, 2013 • General

New Development Grants|Tax Incentives Lunch — Learning— Networking Looking for funding sources but unfamiliar with what is available? Come and find out. Mueller Prost PC’s Tax Consultants Teri Samples and Mike Devereux will help you uncover grants suitable for your startup, as well as tax incentives for research and development or hiring. You won’t want […]

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Help Immunophotonics Change the World.

August 9, 2013 • General

By: Lu Alleruzzo & Tomas Hode Our goal is to not only establish an international biotech company, but every day we strive to change the way people think about cancer and their treatment options. Immunophotonics began with this underlying mission back in 2008 by introducing inCVAX, a novel therapeutic cancer vaccine.    Mary is a […]

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Lunch and Learn with Susan S. Elliott

August 7, 2013 • General

Come and enjoy a candid discussion with Arch Grants board member Susan S. Elliott, founder of Systems Service Enterprise, Inc. as she discusses her experience as an entrepreneur and signs a copy of her book, Across the Divide, for the first 15 to sign up: Susan S. Elliott founded SSE in 1966 in the midst […]

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A Boring Product That Delivers Not So Boring Results

August 2, 2013 • General

By Chuck Lee: As you travel down the interstate I’m sure that you’ve seen these black and orange or yellow and green machines, about the size of a small car, along the side of the highway accompanied by large 4 – 6′ spools of orange flexible conduit (hose or pipe to the lay person). This […]

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The Arch Grants experience in comparison

May 15, 2013 • General

Marshall Haas, co-founder of Obsorb and Texas native gives color to two unique global startup competitions for one very unique reason — he and his co-founder were winners of both. Venture Beat, a national online blog that covers disruptive technologies is paying attention to the St. Louis startup space. It featured Haas’s experience of winning […]

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Arch Grants: International Reach, Local Growth

May 15, 2013 • General

As if the theme of the Arch Grants Global Startup Competition is not indicative enough of the impetus behind Arch Grants (Resistance is Futile – You will be drawn in), then the fruits of labor continue to speak volumes. The first class of Arch Grant grantees included folks from across the globe, including the founder […]

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The Arch Grants Program Update

May 15, 2013 • General

Setting a new mile-marker, Arch Grants has now awarded 35 non-dilutive grants in addition providing extensive pro bono support to the highest quality startups willing to locate their headquarters in downtown Saint Louis through its annual Global Startup Competition. As a result, Saint Louis is establishing itself as an innovation hub that attracts entrepreneurs from […]

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Save the Date for Arch Grants’ Inaugural Gala: October 12, 2013

May 15, 2013 • General

Arch Grants unveils its plans to host itsfirst economic development focused gala of its kind on Saturday October 12, 2013. The Chase Park Plaza in the Central West End will host the event focused on celebrating the new entrepreneurial spirit of St. Louis and building the St. Louis of tomorrow.  Build-a-Bear founder Maxine Clark will […]

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Welcome to newest sponsors, Ballpark Village and Cordish

May 15, 2013 • General

The newest supporters of Arch Grants include Wexford, the developers of Ballpark Village, Cordish, the Baltimore based developers, the Regional Business Council and the John C. and Mary Kaye Fort Family Foundation, and Mary Randolph Ballinger.  The Regional Business Council and John C. and Mary Kaye Fort Family Foundation have underwritten a 3-year grant for […]

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2013 Arch Grants Competition Winners Announcement

May 14, 2013 • General

Arch Grants Announces 2013 Global Startup Competition Winners to Help Create the St. Louis of Tomorrow 20 Entrepreneurs Win $1 Million Along with Free Support Services ST. LOUIS, MO – May 14, 2013 – Arch Grants, the global business startup competition that provides $50,000 non-dilutive grants to early stage ventures, today announces the 2013 Global […]

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IDC Projects — The Myth of the Big Idea

February 22, 2013 • GeneralIDC ProjectsStartups

For many people, entrepreneurship is about the Big Idea; the product or service that will change everything. We see it pitched on Shark Tank, we see the chronicle of Facebook’s journey from Big Idea to internet titan in The Social Network. The stories are intoxicating and exciting, the ideas full of promise and optimism. With […]

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Material Mix — Financial Benefits of Byproduct Synergy

February 12, 2013 • GeneralMaterial MixStartups

Bridging the Recycling Gap The Midwest is endowed with a higher concentration of manufactures than anywhere else in the country. Pair this advantage with a well-established network of recyclable commodity buyers, and it is clear that this region is strategically positioned to lead the country in sustainable materials management. At a global level, there is […]

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Material Mix — Barriers to Clean-Tech Manufacturing

February 7, 2013 • GeneralMaterial MixStartups

Reimagining the Past Sustainability is neither a PR bullet point, nor a fuzzy green feeling. Sustainability is smart. Sustainability is being resourceful. It’s long-term planning, resource endowment, and improving operational and fiscal efficiency. Sustainability is the capacity to endure (what every start-up dreams of). It is the underlying principal that allows our country’s most beloved […]

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LaborVoices – Your Supply Chain, in Real Time, From the Inside

January 24, 2013 • Labor VoicesStartups

We help you see supply chains from the inside out — hopefully saving lives in the process. See, in just the last few months, there were several major factory fires in Pakistan and Bangladesh — fires where workers burned to death because management kept the fire escapes locked. You might never have heard about them, except that […]

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simMachines: Similarity Search and Pattern Recognition

January 8, 2013 • General

Data is the new oil. In order to extract value out of it, data scientists employ a wide array of tools. A core technique is called similarity search or nearest neighbor search. It is a kind of database query that is capable of finding “fuzzy” matches. For example, the App Shazam searches for similar music […]

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Foodessentials Inc – Looking back at starting-up

January 3, 2013 • FoodEssentialsStartups

In trying to paraphrase Plato, Einstein coined the phrase “Necessity is the mother of all invention”. If he had one entrepreneurial bone in his body he would have added – “and Hope is the father of all start-ups”. Unfortunately ‘Hope’ is also the reason so many start-ups fail because they are pursuing the wrong Invention […]

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Iveria TV – the “Hulu of Foreign TV”: Vying for an Arch Grant

December 20, 2012 • General

Some time February 2012 I heard about the Arch Grants for the first time. Sergi called me and said there was a very promising business development project in St. Louis I should absolutely take a look at it. It was pretty clear from the start there were professionals behind the project and only worthy applicants […]

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Obsorb: Lessons Learned – How to Be Taken Seriously As A Young Entrepreneur

December 18, 2012 • Obsorb

When I started Obsorb, I was 21 years old and had just dropped out of college. I knew what I wanted to do. The problem was I am not a programmer, had no funding, and no co-founders. Not exactly the perfect scenario for a technology company’s birth. Over the past year I convinced two engineers to […]

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Webinar: How to Apply to Arch Grants

December 18, 2012 • Applying

Instructions to Improve Your Submission Applying for a grant doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Entrepreneurs now have a way to get assistance straight from the source. Arch Grants is offering guidance to help entrepreneurs improve their submissions for the 2nd Annual Global Startup Competition. This business plan competition hands out grants of $50,000 each for […]

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Local Efforts; National Spotlight

December 13, 2012 • General

We are excited to be placing the St. Louis entrepreneur community on the national stage! Arch Grants is getting national attention this week as the January 1, 2013 application deadline for the 2nd Annual Global Startup Competition gets closer. Check out this story by Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Nick Leiber who discusses Arch Grants alongside the […]

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Iveria TV – the “Hulu of Foreign TV”: Delivering Foreign Language TV Streams to Millions of Immigrants Living in the U.S.

December 10, 2012 • Iveria TVStartups

Once one embarks on a difficult task of conceiving a business idea, turning it into a working product and building a reliable revenue base there’s little time for looking back and examining the path traveled. Looking back and reflecting, though is a vital exercise as hindsight is a powerful precursor to foresight. Looking back, the […]

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Graematter, Inc. – Delivering Regulatory Intelligence Needed to Get Medical Products to Patients

November 11, 2012 • GraematterStartups

For more than 26 years, I have worked as a regulatory professional in the medical products industry. It is my job to help medical product companies develop, test, and submit data to receive approval from regulatory agencies such as the US Food and Drug Administration. I am passionate about this work because it means that every day I […]

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Welcome to the Arch Grants Blog

November 11, 2012 • General

Welcome to our blog. We’re excited to feature thoughts from the Arch Grants community including entrepreneurs, Directors, staff, and friends. Through these blogs, you’ll get an insider’s peek into the lives of Arch Grants startups. We’ll share our thoughts about generating a startup economy and establishing an innovation hub. You’ll hear from Directors about why […]

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2012 Competition Teaser

June 25, 2012 • Media

2012 Competition Teaser Arch Grants’ international business plan competition attracted over 420 applicants from around the world to compete for 15 grants. Go behind-the-scenes with our four part web series debuting here on Monday, June 25.

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Arch Grants 2012 Startups Announced

June 21, 2012 • Media

Watch the press conference announcing the 15 winners of the inaugural Arch Grants International Business Plan Competition including remarks by Missouri Governor Nixon, Co-founder of Square and Arch Grants Advisory Board Head Jim McKelvey, Arch Grants President Jerry Schlichter, and Arch Grants Executive Director, Sarah Spear. The competition resulted in $750,000 of undiluted capital in […]

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