Arch Grants, the global startup competition providing $50,000 non-dilutive grants to early stage ventures to enhance the entrepreneurial culture and infrastructure in the St. Louis area, announced its 2013 grant recipients today. Among the 20 grant recipients were several clients of national law firm Polsinelli. These include: adFreeq, Juristat, MMBiosensing, Sparo Labs and TrakBill.
This year’s competition attracted 707 applicants from 15 countries and 40 states. The 20 grant recipients will receive $50,000 each in funding and free support services, including legal services. Starting in July, companies not currently already headquartered in St. Louis will relocate to the area and begin immersing themselves in the city’s growing entrepreneurial community.
“Arch Grants is a wonderful way for entrepreneurial companies to gain early stage funding, as well as sound business advice and mentoring,” said Brian Salmo, a business attorney with Polsinelli and president of the Friends of Arch Grants. “I was honored to be a judge for the first round of grant applicants and was very impressed with the quality.”
Attorneys in the St. Louis office of Polsinelli are committed to the vitality, economic development and sustainability of St. Louis’s business and legal communities. The firm’s St. Louis attorneys are involved with and serve in leadership roles in a variety of civic organizations including the Regional Business Council, St. Louis Regional Chamber, Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, Civic Pride Foundation and Missouri Growth Association, among others. In addition, Polsinelli attorneys in Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, and Phoenix have strong connections with similar support organizations in their markets.
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*Inc. Magazine, September 2012