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Launchlab Idea Challenge celebrates new student ventures; first place goes to Pantry Plus More

The  West Virginia University  LaunchLab’s inaugural  March Idea Challenge ended on a high note last week, when  Political Science major Roark Sizemore and  Economics major Courtney Pyatt were awarded first place. The two, both juniors and  Honors College students, won for their pitch for  Pantry Plus More, a start-up nonprofit company that provides food and personal hygiene items to K-12 students in Monongalia County public schools. 

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WVU’s LaunchLab is here to help students, faculty and staff develop and grow their own business ideas in entrepreneurship and innovation.

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How to Use LaunchLab

If you have an idea for a new company or product, turn it into a reality at the LaunchLab!  

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the Team

Our Team believes that entrepreneurship and innovation are the keys to economic prosperity for our students, the region and the state, and we’re ready to unlock your potential.

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LaunchLab Morgantown

Evansdale Crossing  |  Suite 413
Morgantown, WV 26506

LaunchLab Beckley

111 Innovation Center
Beckley, WV

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Carrie White

Carrie White presented at the Community Leadership Academy hosted by WVU Extension Services.  She discussed the way to link higher education Entrepreneurship to increasing community development in West Virginia.

Roark Sizemore 

Roark Sizemore and Thilanka Munasinghe discuss their business and products to the class of 2017 Leadership West Virginia. The class visited LaunchLab as part of their Morgantown experience. 

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