"In 2011, FoodEssentials was going through a tough time. The young company was developing proprietary technology that could change the way consumers, governments, and retailers made decisions about nutrition. The challenges FoodEssentials faced, however, were proving to be real obstacles to success.
Geographically, the company was spread thin. All three co-founders lived in different countries: one was in Japan, another in Australia, and the third lived in England. Without a physical center, the team was finding it difficult to gain traction.
In the search for capital, the co-founders came across Arch Grants. Arch Grants offered startup grants worth $50,000, but took no equity in return. There was a catch, however: FoodEssentials would have to launch from St. Louis."