Arch Grants

Ben Burke, Arch Grants’ director of entrepreneurship, said in an email that the UMSL initiative “has the potential to be very impactful on the attraction and retention of entrepreneurial talent in our region, and could help to differentiate St. Louis as a destination for new venture development.”

Arch Grants is a nonprofit organization that accelerates economic development 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.

Our purpose: Reinvigorate St. Louis – Create economic momentum and spark a positive narrative Our mission: To advance economic development in the St. Louis region by attracting and retaining innovative entrepreneurs. Our vision: St. Louis will be the model for economic development through entrepreneurship and philanthropy. Tagline: Igniting innovation and ingenuity in St. Louis

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