Arch Grants


2012 marked the inaugural year of our business plan competition. It went pretty well — we awarded $750,000 cash to 15 startups plus pro bono support bringing the total around $1,000,000 awarded to startups in St. Louis!

It went so well that we’re doing it again, planning to award 20 grants in 2013 for a grand total of $1,000,000 in grant funding.

Our aim is to make the process as simple and painless as possible. Below you’ll find key details about the competition. Visit our application page for more details and to apply,


Local US Event
St. Louis, MO
*Available in all states*

Submission Date


Awards Date


Competition Category
  • Business - Canada
  • Business - Local U.S.
  • Business - All U.S.
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Technology - Green
  • Technology - Other
  • Women or Minority-owned
  • Specialized Industries
  • Virtual/Online
  • Business - Global
Who's Eligible

We want to know what you’re innovating and for whom, what progress you’ve made, how you plan to grow, and how you’re committed to building St. Louis into an innovation hub. The toughest part is being concise and, yes, we limit the length of your answers.

Competition Prizes

- $1 Million in Startup Funds with 20 winners of $50,000 each. 
- Pro bono awards from top business service providers
- Business mentoring
- Opportunity for follow-on funding
- Introductions to the venture/angel network