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Investments

99

Portfolio Exits

4

Funds

1

Partners & Customers

1

About Arch Grants

Arch Grants seeks to create a more robust startup culture and infrastructure in St. Louis. To increase employment growth and establish St. Louis as a place where entrepreneurs want to start and grow their businesses, Arch Grants offers startups funding in the form of grants and supports the startups as they remain or transition to downtown St. Louis. The Arch Grants Business Plan Competition helps to shape the image of St. Louis among aspiring entrepreneurs and others looking to have a formative role in building a new entrepreneurial climate in St. Louis.Through the Business Plan Competition, Arch Grants selects promising startups to receive $50,000. ypically, taking venture capital forces an aspiring entrepreneur to sacrifice a significant stake in their company in exchange for funds. This process is often limited to ventures with access to the startup hotbeds like Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston. Arch Grants provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to start a business with non-dilutive capital. n addition, Arch Grants supports the growth of winning companies by providing access to business networking and mentoring, free legal and accounting services, collaboration with local universities, and discounts on housing and affordable office space After receiving an initial Arch Grant, startups have the opportunity to secure a second round of up to $100,000 in funding along with direct access to St. Louis-based angel investors.To provide winners with the best chance of success, Arch Grants partners with comparable economic development endeavors in St. Louis that currently support business growth in the city including Innovation Venture Mentoring Service, St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, Regional Business Council, Washington University, St. Louis University, University of Missouri at St. Louis, Webster University, and Harris Stowe University.Arch Grants, registered as the Entrepreneurship Startup Business Development Corporation, is a Missouri not-for-profit corporation that has achieved 501(c)(3) status with the Department of Treasury as a tax deductible entity. Our 990, certain governing documents, conflict of interest policy and financial statements may be available upon request.

Arch Grants Headquarter Location

911 Washington Ave Suite 420

St. Louis, Missouri, 63101,

United States

314-272-4857

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Hunger-fighting app GiftAMeal raises $500,000 in latest investment round

Jun 25, 2021

Hunger-fighting app GiftAMeal raises $500,000 in latest investment round A mobile app allowing users to turn photos of their food into meals for those in need announced yesterday that it had raised $500,000 in a recent investment round. GiftAMeal, founded in 2015 by then-college student Andrew Glantz, is a St. Louis-based startup with a mission to feed the hungry through technology that gamifies social… Photo courtesy GiftAMeal A mobile app allowing users to turn photos of their food into meals for those in need announced yesterday that it had raised $500,000 in a recent investment round. GiftAMeal, founded in 2015 by then-college student Andrew Glantz, is a St. Louis-based startup with a mission to feed the hungry through technology that gamifies social media engagement and encourages patronage of participating restaurants. The startup has expanded to 250 restaurants across Missouri, Illinois and Michigan. The premise of the GiftAMeal app is simple: each time a customer takes a photo of their order from a participating restaurant, GiftAMeal donates to a local food bank to provide a meal to someone in need. The program is funded by a monthly subscription paid by participating restaurants as a mix of marketing and giving back. Currently, 250 restaurants (from St. Louis-area coffee shops like Espresso Yourself Café to the regional roast beef fast food chain Lion’s Choice ) are involved, with over 650,000 meals provided so far. The newly-announced funding comes from a mix of new and returning angel investors – as well as a non-dilutive $100,000 Growth Grant from the Arch Grants organization in St. Louis. GiftAMeal previously received a $50,000 grant from Arch Grants in 2018 in exchange for headquartering its business in St. Louis for at least one year. The Growth Grants Program was launched in 2021 to support high-performing Arch Grants portfolio companies as they grow and scale their businesses in the St. Louis region. Growth Grants funds must be matched by other investment funding and requires the startup to commit to maintaining and growing operations in St. Louis for at least two years. Emily Lohse-Busch, Executive Director of Arch Grants, commended GiftAMeal’s progress, “GiftAMeal’s growth speaks for itself. They’ve shown tremendous perseverance, making it through a pandemic that hit both restaurants and the food-insecure hard. The Arch Grants team and judges saw the potential for GiftAMeal to become a nationwide company and we are thrilled to continue to assist in their development with a Growth Grant.” For GiftAMeal, the money will fuel aggressive hiring as the company continues to grow, from regional sales staff all the way to a newly-created Chief Growth Officer position. “Now that we’ve proven that our program can work in St. Louis for many different restaurants, I am excited to tackle the next stages of our journey as we expand into new cities, develop new sources of value for partner restaurants, and create partnerships with large companies across the restaurant industry. Ultimately, all of these will help us achieve our goal of providing millions of meals to those in need, putting a true dent in hunger in our communities,” said Glantz, founder & CEO of GiftAMeal.

Arch Grants Investments

99 Investments

Arch Grants has made 99 investments. Their latest investment was in GiftAMeal as part of their Grant - II on June 6, 2021.

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Arch Grants Investments Activity

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Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

6/24/2021

Grant - II

GiftAMeal

$0.1M

No

2

11/8/2019

Grant - II

Healthy Hip Hop

$0.05M

Yes

1

11/21/2018

Grant

WIFIPLUG

$0.05M

Yes

1

11/21/2018

Grant

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$99M

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10

11/21/2018

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Date

6/24/2021

11/8/2019

11/21/2018

11/21/2018

11/21/2018

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Grant - II

Grant - II

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Company

GiftAMeal

Healthy Hip Hop

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$0.05M

$0.05M

$99M

$99M

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No

Yes

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Sources

2

1

1

10

10

Arch Grants Portfolio Exits

4 Portfolio Exits

Arch Grants has 4 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Radiologics on September 15, 2021.

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9/15/2021

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Arch Grants Fund History

1 Fund History

Arch Grants has 1 fund, including Arch Grants Relief Fund.

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Arch Grants Relief Fund

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Arch Grants Relief Fund

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Status

Amount

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Arch Grants Partners & Customers

1 Partners and customers

Arch Grants has 1 strategic partners and customers. Arch Grants recently partnered with The Yield Lab on October 10, 2014.

Date

Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

10/23/2014

Partner

The Yield Lab

United States

Arch Grants, Yield Lab form partnership for agriculture technology startups

Arch Grants , Yield Lab form partnership for agriculture technology startups

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Date

10/23/2014

Type

Partner

Business Partner

The Yield Lab

Country

United States

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Arch Grants, Yield Lab form partnership for agriculture technology startups

Arch Grants , Yield Lab form partnership for agriculture technology startups

Sources

1

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