Arch Grants Announces the 20 Winning Startups Taking Home $50K Each

May 21, 2014

5:42 pm

Earlier today Brian Feldt of the St. Louis Business Journal reported that the 20 winners of the St. Louis Arch Grants organization had been announced. Each company will get a $50,000 grant to help them come into their own, and 5 out of the 20 companies were local to St. Louis. The startup ecosystem in St. Louis is growing stronger with each passing month, and the Arch Grants is one of the major assets giving it power.

Here are the winners:

  • Artifox (St. Louis): A free-form design team dedicated to reinventing the way we use everyday items.
  • BetaVersity (St. Louis): They offer physical creativity labs and proprietary collaborative software for universities and high schools to enable students to apply their skills with hands-on prototyping.
  • Blue Line Security Solutions (Missouri): They built facial recognition software that provides an affordable option for schools, businesses, and law enforcement to be able to recognize a threat.
  • Cast (Missouri): A mobile app that allows publishers and consumers to create public or private polls and observe response data in real time.
  • CoMo Medical (Columbia, Missouri): A startup company that targets pharmaceutical aerosol applications.
  • Dabble (California): Their online platform lets people explore a marketplace for classes and develop their interests in a low-commitment way.
  • Ephecom (Boston): They offer users hyper-targeted discounts on products, but with only 60 seconds to decide whether to buy or pass.
  • FreightGrid (Missouri): Their platform automates the manual processes when it comes to shipping freight.
  • Greetabl (St. Louis): A greeting card that quickly folds into a gift box allowing you to wrap gifts with a personal message.
  • Hyde (Milwaukee): A sporting equipment manufacturer responsible for the creation of the Wingman, an inflation vest for paddlers, surfers, and triathletes.
  • Jolt (Massachusetts): They make wearable head impact sensors for youth athletes.
  • Less Annoying CRM (California): A customer relationship manager designed specifically for the small business market.
  • LIFEPACK (Valle del Cauca, Colombia): They produce plates made of natural fibers and seeds that can germinate – they’re 100 percent biodegradable.
  • Made for Freedom (St. Louis): A retail brand and global force for good that operates via e-commerce and retail venues.
  • MeterGenius (Illinois): A free website that provides tools and incentives for homeowners to save money on their electricity bill.
  • Nanopore Diagnostics (St. Louis): They are developing a test to end antibiotic misuse.
  • Prattle Analytics (Boston): Their proprietary textual analysis methods provide innovative financial data solutions.
  • Tallyfy (London, England): They convert processes into checklists, making them user-friendly and trackable in real-time.
  • Tuloko (Minnesota): They curate business information on minority and women owned businesses to help connect consumers, large corporations, government, agencies, and educational institutions with underutilized businesses.
  • Wondermento (London, England): A full-service technology company that develops, designs, and manufactures apps and connected hardware devices.


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Will is a Senior Writer with Tech.Co, based out of America’s Finest City: San Diego. He covers all territory West of the Mississippi river, digging deep for awesome local entrepreneurs, companies, and ideas. He’s the resident Android junkie and will be happy to tell you why you should switch to the OS. When he’s off the clock, Will focuses his literary talent on the art of creative writing…or you might find him surfing in Ocean Beach.

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