The Arch Grants Global Startup Competition is now accepting applications!
Arch Grants provides $50,000 equity-free cash and pro bono support services to innovative startups willing to locate their business in St. Louis. Do you have a startup that needs early-stage funding, mentorship, or legal advice? Do you want to be a part of a thriving community of entrepreneurs? Do you want all of this without giving up any equity in your business? If so, apply here to our competition!
Since 2012, Arch Grants has awarded over $3 million to 55 startup business that were willing to call St. Louis home. With the help of our support services, these companies have gone on to create over 220 jobs, generate over $13 million in revenue, and attract over $40 million in follow-on capital! Arch Grants companies are growing at a fantastic pace.
How it works
Our aim is always to make the process as simple and painless as possible. Below you’ll find key details about the competition.
- $50,000 non-dilutive, cash grant
- Pro-bono services in the following areas: accounting, legal, marketing and design, communication, financial consulting, banking consulting and services, information technology consulting and web hosting, human resources, and payroll services
- Access to venture capital and angel investment networks
- Professional and high level business mentorship
- Personal introductions to strategic business leaders
- Social support and community integration services
- Inclusion as part of a community of innovative entrepreneurs
Arch Grants is looking for innovative technologies, products, or services, wrapped within scalable business models with the potential to make national or international impact.
We seek to attract entrepreneurs who are already located in St. Louis OR are willing to relocate here. Basing your business in St. Louis is a prerequisite for receiving the grant and all of our current entrepreneurs are investing their time in making the St. Louis startup scene even stronger.
The Arch Grants Global Startup Competition is an industry-agnostic competition; we have funded startups in the following areas:
- Information Technology
- Hardware Technology
- Consumer Products
- Medical Devices
- Ag-Tech / Clean-Tech
- Social Ventures
Please refer to our FAQ for detailed information on who should apply.
Applications are being accepted through PitchBurner. Please create an account an fill out the application to apply!
There are two rounds of evaluation for the 2015 Arch Grants Global Startup Competition.
First, applications are reviewed by three to five community judges, whom are hand-picked by the Arch Grants staff based on industry experience, expertise in the stage of your company, or other relevant characteristics.
Next, the application and feedback from these judges are reviewed by the Arch Grants Competition Committee. The Competition Committee is a group of dedicated community members who represent a diverse range of experiences from venture capital, angel investment, start-up entrepreneurs, and everything in between. The Committee will base their decisions on the strength of the opportunity, scalability, the impact on the St. Louis community (economically, culturally, and otherwise) as well as the skills and experience of the management team.
Finally, teams will be invited to pitch their businesses to the Committee at a Finalist Pitch Day (there will be three Finalist Pitch Days per competition). These presentations will take place periodically throughout the year and will also include an opportunity for Q&A. Arch Grants Recipients will be announced soon after the final pitch day.
Spring 2015 Competition:
Applications Open: January 1st, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Early Application Deadline: February 28th, 2015 at 11:59 PM
Final Application Deadline: March 31st, 2015 at 11:59 PM
Finalist Pitch Days: March 3rd, April 2nd, and May 7th, 2015
Recipients Announced: Mid-May
First Day of Incubation: June 18th, 2015
Fall 2015 Competition:
Applications Open: April 1st, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Early Application Deadline: July 10th, 2015 at 11:59 PM
Final Application Deadline: August 30th, 2015 at 11:59 PM
Finalist Pitch Days: June 18th, August 13th, and October 1st, 2015
Recipients Announced: Early-October
First Day of Incubation: November 9th, 2015