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Arch Grants summer 2015 class announced


Eleven businesses have been named recipients in the latest round of the Arch Grants Global Startup Competition.

The $50,000 grants are equity-free. The entrepreneurs will also receive support services from Arch Grants and its donors.

Executive Director Ginger Imster said this round includes a mix of tech, consumer products and even manufacturing.

"That is so essential to our regional economy," she said. "We want to always be seeding a diversified regional economy."

Of the 11 startups, Imster said 80 percent are minority or women-led: 

San Antonio, Texas
Appbase.io is the first streaming database service for search and analytics queries. Businesses use Appbase for a managed real-time database infrastructure so they can focus on building their product.

St. Louis, Mo.
Applied Particle Technology specializes in an innovative, energy saving, high efficiency, air purification technology to address the challenge of providing clean indoor air in commercial buildings and specialty filtration applications.

St. Louis, Mo.
Better Weekdays is a mobile job matching platform that helps universities improve job placement outcomes of its graduates, and helps companies hire these candidates based on job compatibility and culture fit. 

Mount Vernon, Ill.
The CrisisGo mobile app is a universal safety and communication tool for groups and organizations of any size.  With the app, group members use their smartphones to communicate with all other group members and to respond to emergency situations with individualized action checklists, alert others about dangerous situations, view building maps, obtain emergency contact information, review attendance rosters and locate threatened group members with GPS technology. 

St. Louis, Mo.
HIPAAtrek’s cloud-based software guides health-care organizations, and companies working with healthcare organizations, through creating, implementing and maintaining a customizable HIPAA compliance program. 

St. Louis, Mo.
Invisible Girlfriend and Invisible Boyfriend helps those stigmatized for being single by giving them a believable virtual partner who will text with them, leave them voicemails and send them handwritten notes-letting them live their life free from society’s pressure to be in a relationship. 

St. Louis, Mo.
Jobsite Unite is a mobile-first app that helps simplify, streamline, and record critical jobsite communication for residential and commercial construction projects.

St. Louis, Mo.
Listo is an app that is revolutionizing the global entertainment industry by allowing people to watch movies and TV shows in their preferred language, anywhere in the world.

New Orleans, La.
Million Dollar Scholar is an ed-tech venture offering the first SaaS solution to help parents and schools teach their students to gain financial aid opportunities to pay for college. 

St. Louis, Mo.
Scoville & Co makes medicine manageable by bringing hospital solutions into the home.

Springfield, Ill.
SmashToast develops technology to connect the home to your smartphone.

Maria is the newscast, business and education editor for St. Louis Public Radio.

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