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Chaifetz School Hosts Arch Grants Finalist Pitch Day

The Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business and the Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship will sponsor the 2022 Arch Grants Finalist Pitch Day on August 11. 

Established in 2012, Arch Grants’ annual Startup Competition awards innovative, scalable and job-creating startups with $75,000 non-dilutive grants (plus an additional $25,000 for companies relocating to St. Louis) and access to an ecosystem of resources in exchange for headquartering their business in the city of St. Louis for at least one year.

“For the last decade, Arch Grants has been a catalyst for entrepreneurship in St. Louis,” said Lewis Sheats, director of the Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship. “We are proud to host Finalist Pitch Day in the Chaifetz School not only because of their continued impact but also because of the opportunity it provides our students to engage and embed with leading entrepreneurs, investors and influencers or our entrepreneurship ecosystem.” 

In this 2019 photo, students gather in the atrium of Cook Hall for Arch Grants Finalist Pitch Day

In this 2019 photo, teams of various startups gather in the atrium of Cook Hall for Arch Grants Finalist Pitch Day. In August, the competition will return in person to the Chaifetz School of Business for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Arch Grants Companies awarded in previous years include Greetabl (2014), Honeymoon Chocolates (2021) and Mission Control (2020), all of which were founded by Saint Louis University or Chaifetz School alumni.

“I am thrilled that Finalist Pitch Day is returning to the Chaifetz School of Business after two consecutive years of virtual pitches,” said Gabe Angieri, executive director of Arch Grants. “We are grateful for Saint Louis University’s continued partnership in hosting this event, which will bring together over 60 innovative early-stage companies and over 150 volunteer community judges.”

On Finalist Pitch Day, startups will make their presentations to a panel of volunteer judges comprised of venture capital and industry experts, university leaders, entrepreneurs and previously awarded Arch Grants Founders. All finalists will be notified of their outcome by September and winners will be announced at Arch Grants’ 10X Event on November 18. Pitches will be held in Cook Hall and Davis-Shaughnessy Hall on the campus of Saint Louis University. 

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about the richard a. chaifetz school of business

Founded in 1910, the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University has shaped the future of industry for more than a century as one of the oldest business schools west of the Mississippi. Today, SLU's business school continues to build on its reputation as a leader in business education through its commitment to inclusion, innovation and impact. The Chaifetz School’s undergraduate and graduate programs have been nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report, Poets&Quants and The Princeton Review.