Last night, Downtown STL hosted their annual event at the historic Union Station Hotel. The event featured the recipient of this year’s Levee Stone Award, Otis Williams of the St. Louis Development Corporation and the introduction of the Arch Grants’ Summer Cohort.
Otis Williams was recognized for his leadership, extraordinary vison and personal commitment to advancing the revitalization of downtown St. Louis. Previous recipients of this award include Suzanne Sitherwood, Mike Shannon, and Mayor Francis Slay.
The startups of the Arch Grants’ Summer Cohort shared their stories of what they do and why they do it. New products and technologies ranged from a volunteer tracking system (Helper Helper) to a risk management tool for agribusiness (S4) to an enterprise cloud platform that turns any device into a Smartboard (FocalCast) to a specially-designed capes for children with illness or disability (Tiny Superheroes). The biggest applause from the audience came when Erica Barnell of Geneoscopy shared her vision to develop non-invasive screening for colorectal cancer and eliminate the need for colonoscopies.
The startups all expressed appreciation for the support and excitement to grow their company in St. Louis. Some have lived in the region all their lives, some are boomeranging back, while others see the opportunities that exist here and want to be a part of something great.
Summer 2016 Arch Grants Cohort:
- Helper Helper
- Janus Choice
- Longneck & Thunderfoot
- Tiny Superheroes
Learn more about the startups here: http://archgrants.org/the-startups/.