Arch Grants Global Startup Competition 2016 ($50,000 equity-free, Cash Grants & Pro-Bono Support)

Application Deadline: February 29th 2016

The Arch Grants Global Startup Competition is an international competition that awards $50,000 equity-free, cash grants and pro bono support services to the most innovative and scalable startups that are willing to locate their business in St. Louis, Missouri.

Arch Grants seek to attract entrepreneurs who are already located in St. Louis OR are willing to relocate here. Basing your business in St. Louis is a prerequisite for receiving the grant and all of our current entrepreneurs are investing their time in making the St. Louis startup scene even stronger.

The industry-agnostic Global Startup Competition is held twice per year, with grant disbursement occurring once in the spring and once in the fall.  Arch Grants seeks to fund innovative technologies, products, and services wrapped within scalable business models with the potential for national or international impact.

The application deliverables for the Arch Grants Global Startup Competition are intentionally open-ended when compared to other accelerators and competitions.


  • Must be 18 years or older to apply.
  • At least one founder must be able to work full-time on the business.
  • Must be able to locate the business in St. Louis for a period of at least one year.

Below is a list of these deliverables:

  • Executive Summary (800 words or less)
  • Slide Deck (11 slides or less)
  • Video*
  • Business Plan*
  • References*


  • $50,000 non-dilutive, cash grant
  • Pro-bono services in the following areas: accounting, legal, marketing and design, communication, financial consulting, banking consulting and services, information technology consulting and web hosting, human resources, and payroll services
  • Access to venture capital and angel investment networks
  • Professional and high level business mentorship
  • Personal introductions to strategic business leaders
  • Social support and community integration services
  • Inclusion as part of a community of innovative entrepreneurs


The 2016 Spring Competition is NOW OPEN!  The early application deadline is December 31st, 2015.  

Submission Deadline: 02/29/2016

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Arch Grants Global Startup Competition 2016


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