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Arch Grants Announces New Board Additions

October 3, 2013 • Arch Grant News

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 the Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and the Director of the Entrepreneurship Platform at Washington University’s Olin Business School.  Cliff is the Founder of Foot Healers and serves as a board member or formal advisor to several start-up organizations including LockerDome, Yurbuds, TrakBill, and City Academy.  Cliff is a General Partner at Cultivation Capital, is a member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), and is passionate about creating opportunities for his students to get engaged with St. Louis startups.  Cliff holds a B.A. from Washington & Lee University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He worked as an account executive for IBM before beginning his entrepreneurial career.

“It is a privilege to join the Arch Grants board” said Clifford Holekamp. “I believe that Arch Grants is the keystone organization in the St. Louis entrepreneurship culture.  I look forward to continuing to strengthen the relationship between the university communities and the St. Louis startup scene.”

Laurna C. Godwin is Co-Founder and Partner of Vector Communications Corporation. She is a three-time Emmy award winning broadcast journalist who spent more than twenty years in television as a news anchor, reporter, talk show host and producer. She worked at a variety of cities and television stations throughout the country including WNET-TV in New York City and serving as a mid-west stringer for CNN in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to co-creating Vector, Ms.Godwin was the sole owner of Godwin Communications, a media relations and video production company.

“As a person who moved to St. Louis in 1987 and eventually started a business here, I know firsthand the opportunities that abound in St. Louis,” said Laurna Godwin, Co-founder and Partner of Vector Communications. “Serving on the Arch Grants board will allow me to help other entrepreneurs achieve their dreams, as well as help our great city grow.”

Jay Steinback, CEO and principle of Rothman Furniture also joins the ranks and will for the third year, continue to lead the judging of the Arch Grants Global Startup Competition. Jay is a St Louis native and a dedicated member of the community, another Entrepreneurs’ Organization member who is always focused on growth and improvement.

“Arch Grants is an amazing gift to St Louis, through this vision of a grassroots entrepreneurism we have the ability to dynamically transform the city into a breeding ground for new technology and growth” Said Jay Steinback CEO of Rothman Furniture. “Having been involved with Arch Grants since the very beginning it is an honor to join their board and continue to invest in the St Louis Startup Community.”

“We are very pleased that Cliff, Jay and Laurna have agreed to become board members of Arch Grants. Each of them is highly accomplished and together they bring a wide array of talent as well as a passion for the mission of building a game changing program in St. Louis.” said the President of Arch Grants, Jerry Schlichter.


About Arch Grants

Arch Grants is the global startup competition providing $50,000 non-dilutive grants to early stage ventures.  Its mission is to create an entrepreneurial culture and infrastructure to build successful companies in St. Louis. For more information, go to