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Arch Grants names new executive director

losch bunch emilyArch Grants, the St. Louis-based nonprofit organization that operates the nationally-recognized Global Startup Competition,has announced the hiring of Emily Lohse-Busch as its new executive director.

archgrantslogoLohse-Busch is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, received her M.B.A. from DePaul University, and has returned to St. Louis.

“I am looking forward to continuing the Arch Grants mission of attracting and retaining outstanding entrepreneurial talent for St. Louis,” Lohse-Busch said. Since its founding in 2012, Arch Grants has funded 96 startup companies with $50,000 grants and robust pro-bono support services. Of the 96, 85 are still active and 84 percent of those companies are active in St. Louis. Unlike other startup competitions and accelerators, Arch Grants recipients do not give up equity in their companies to receive the capital and services as part of the Arch Grants program.

Lohse-Busch founded her own strategic communications business for small businesses in Chicago and served in a strategic leadership capacity for a consulting firm serving nonprofits in Chicago. Most recently, she has worked as the senior director of Partner Solutions with Global Impact, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.  that serves international nonprofits.

“We are thrilled, after a national search, to have Emily join us as executive director,” said Jerry Schlichter, chairman of Arch Grants. “Emily demonstrates what is core to the mission of Arch Grants – attracting and retaining national talent in St. Louis – plus she is a founder herself. Emily’s nonprofit fundraising and leadership experience will ensure that Arch Grants has the direction and resources to continue the transformation of St. Louis into an innovation hub. She has returned to St. Louis, planting her flag here to help to build a new St. Louis – the same mission as that of Arch Grants.”

Lohse-Busch was attracted to Arch Grants’ proven track record.

“Now with five years of impact, as presented in the 2016 Arch Grants Annual Report, Arch Grants has the data, stories, and vision to be emblematic of the new innovation economy in St. Louis,” she said.

Arch Grants will announce its next cohort of recipients at its Annual Gala on Nov. 3.

About Arch Grants

Arch Grants is a nonprofit organization provides $50,000 equity-free grants and pro bono support services to entrepreneurs who locate their early-stage businesses in St. Louis. Through its competitive Global Startup Competition, Arch Grants retains and attracts the most innovative entrepreneurs to the St. Louis region. This program aims to inspire the next generation of employers, civic leaders, and philanthropists for St. Louis. More information can be found at

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