2022 Startup Competition

The Application window for the 2022 Startup Competition is now closed.

We’re on a worldwide search for innovative, diverse early-stage startups looking to take their business to the next level. The Arch Grants Startup Competition awards innovative, scalable, and job-creating startups with $75,000 non-dilutive grants (plus an additional $25,000 for companies relocating to St. Louis) and access to an ecosystem of resources in exchange for headquartering their business in St. Louis for at least one year. Competition applications are evaluated by over 400 industry experts from the St. Louis community and around the country.

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We Champion…

  • Founders with idea-stage to pre-Series A companies
  • Companies with an innovative and scalable business model
  • Technology-enabled solutions
  • Diverse Founder teams who have a desire to help the St. Louis ecosystem grow

by supporting founders with…

  • $75,000 equity-free funding + $25,000 for relocation + eligibility for additional funding of up to $100,000
  • Ala carte programming, fundraising support, and access to the Arch Grants network
  • Exclusive discounts and talent acquisition support

and all we require is…

  • The Company locate their headquarters in the City of St. Louis for at least one year
  • 51% of the founding team or one founder and 51% of the team need to live in St. Louis for the program year
  • At least one founder is working on the company as their primary or full-time professional role

Questions about the competition?

We’ve got answers.

If you need assistance to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact jess.bellomo@archgrants.org.

2022 Timeline

  • March 18:
    Applications Open
  • April 15:
    Applications Close
  • May 10 – 24:
    Preliminary Judging 
  • End of July:
    Finalists Selected
  • August 11:
    Finalist Pitch Day 
  • End of August:
    2022 Arch Grants Awardees Notified
  • October:
    Programming and Support
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Without the Arch Grant, we wouldn’t have been able to file the provisional patents, which allowed us to obtain [crucial] data. We also received a lot of amazing feedback about our business model, which was honestly more valuable than the funding.

ERica barnell

CSO and Co-Founder

Geneoscopy