Arch Grants

Our mission is to build a new economy in the St. Louis region by attracting and retaining innovative entrepreneurs.

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 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 Capital

The Arch Grants Global Startup Competition awards $50,000 equity-free cash grants and pro bono support services to innovative, scalable, and job-creating startups that agree to locate their business in St. Louis for 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 support from multiple service providers
  • 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 services
  • 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.

Geospatial Grants

Starting in 2020, Arch Grants will be awarding 5 additional grants each year to early-stage geospatial technology companies to help build a pipeline of talent and technology for the quickly expanding geospatial cluster in St. Louis.

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

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