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Arch Grants announces 15 recipients of $50K startup grants

May 7, 2012
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Fifteen start-up companies are getting a boost from St. Louis business accelerator Arch Grants. The winners of Arch Grant’s global business plan competition will each receive $50,000 to help them get started in the city.

Arch Grants co-founder and president Jerry Schlichter says the recipients were selected from more than 400 applicants.

“Arch Grants will be working hard to make these entrepreneurs a success," he said.  "And, we’re going to be working equally hard to try to continue to build Arch Grants to make it a true game-changing program for St. Louis."

Arch Grants aims to anchor start-ups in St. Louis

Jan 24, 2012

Ten grants are up for grabs for new businesses that set up shop in St. Louis. A local non-profit, Arch Grants, says it will award the $50,000 grants this May in an effort to bring innovative businesses to the city.

Arch Grants Co-founder Joe Schlafly said the for-profit start-ups that are selected will be required to stay for at least one year.

“St. Louis is not a dog-meat, down place," Schlafly said. "It is a place where things are happening. We’re open for business. We want to be on the short list, not just [on] no list.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 9, 2008 - For would-be entrepreneurs who think they might want to establish their business in St. Louis, Jerry Schlichter's new organization might be able to provide up to 50,000 reasons to lure them here.

The attorney who has worked for a long time in economic development and historic preservation downtown is spearheading a new program known as Arch Grants, designed to offer incentives to budding business executives. It would make available to up to 30 potential startups as much as $50,000 as well as assistance such as mentors, access to investors and discounted services.