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Latest round of Arch Grants recipients reflect variety of entrepreneurs


ST. LOUIS — The official unveiling of the 2016 Winter Cohort of Arch Grants recipients took place at the organization’s Fourth Annual Gala on Friday evening.

Arch Grants honored Michael Neidorff, chairman, president, and CEO of Centene Corp. with the 2016 Arch Grants Entrepreneur Award during the event. Past awardees include Rodger Riney of Scottrade, Inc., David Steward of World Wide Technology, and Maxine Clark of Build-A-Bear.

Since the launch of Arch Grants in 2012, the competition has awarded grants to 96 early-stage businesses. Recipients receive a $50,000 equity-free Arch Grant and a host of pro bono support services.

As of Sept. 30, Arch Grants recipients have retained 336 jobs in Missouri, generated $48 million in revenue, and attracted more than $100 million in investment revenue. Of the 96 companies funded, 85 are still active and 84 percent of those still active have a presence in St. Louis.

The competition has evolved to include two groups each year, summer and winter. The first group of 2016 Arch Grants recipients was announced in June in partnership with DowntownSTL.

The Winter 2016 recipients:

Accelerate Wind
Accelerate Wind creates novel rooftop wind energy solution provider – one that operates quieter, cheaper, and more aesthetically pleasing than today’s solutions.

Exit 7C (
Exit 7C is accelerating the sustainable transportation with a flex-fuel conversion kit and a network of biofuel pumps that connect to an app.

Ilerasoft (
Illerasoft’s software allows hospitals within the same health system to share equipment and introduce intelligence to asset utilization.

OfCourse Scheduling (
Intentia Technologies provides focused technology solutions; Their OfCourse Scheduler is a proven scheduling solution for higher ed institutions.

Magnatone (
Magnatone makes high-end guitar amplifiers in St. Louis and sell them worldwide.

NanoMetallix (
nanoMetallix has developed a new class of engineered particles to enhance rocket propellants and explosive devices.

Pro-Arc Diagnostics (
Pro-Arc Diagnostic increases access to therapy for immunocompromised patients with a unique JC virus assay.

Riley’s Premium Pet Products (
Riley’s Organics is a line of human grade USDA-certified organic dog treats with proven acceptance and growing national footprint.

Safetrek (
SafeTrek keeps people safe by making safety automatic.

Sensrtrx (
SensrTrx is a manufacturing analytics platform that takes machine data & transforms it into dashboards that display actionable information.

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