Candy Lab helps Arch Grants go mobile
September 9, 2013 • Arch Grant News •
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 that veterans are 45% more likely than others to be entrepreneurs. Andrew Couch, CEO of St. Louis headquartered Candy Lab moved to St. Louis from San Diego, CA after winning an Arch Grant. Couch served for 6 years as an Infantryman and Military Police Officer, as highlighted in the recent article by Entrepreneurship.org, a Kaufmann Foundation website. Couch was deployed to Kosovo and Afghanistan where he received the Army’s Combat Infantry Badge among other awards prior to his entrepreneurial pursuit.
Couch started Candy Lab and created an augmented reality application called Cachetown to “better compete with the ever growing mobile spend space.” Regarding Candy Lab’s experience so far in St. Louis, Couch stated that “We are supported, refined and accelerated here in St. Louis and it’s due to Arch Grants, the supporters of Arch Grants and the doors opened by its staff which occur almost every time we simply ask.”
With Candy Lab Couch says, “we make it easier than ever for a small business to identify a mobile marketing strategy and get the right mobile apps that help them succeed.” The mobile application Cachetown uses augmented reality which puts a brand’s message in front of customers right when and where they need it most. “We make it simple to use new technologies like augmented reality to drive sales”.
“Here in St. Louis with Arch Grants, our company is rapidly accelerating into areas we have been trying to get into on our own. It’s amazing to feel the same support to succeed here as once had in the military” says Couch.
Candy Lab also developed an app for Arch Grants, available now in the Apple iTunes store. The real time updates make it convenient and highly accessible for those on the go. The app is also available in Amazon and Google Play. Go to m.archgrants.org to download – stay connected, get the latest news and learn about our portfolio companies.
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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 www.archgrants.org.