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Competitions

Each semester the Morris L. Hayhurst LaunchLab hosts multiple competitions with varying topics or industries to provide opportunities for students to earn funding for their idea or product. These competitions provide a frame work for students to build a better understanding of their idea, have access to a community that can help them grow and continue to gain momentum with their business. All competitions will be held virtually with zoom registration links to follow after each application process is finished. These competitions are also open to the public.

If you need help with your idea or application please contact us at Launchlab@mail.wvu.edu or visit the LaunchLab in the Evansdale Crossing Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Competition Opportunities


Fall 2022

  • October 4 - ZinnStarter Pitch Competition

    The Morris L. Hayhurst Launchlab is hosting its annual ZinnStarter Pitch Competition. This competition is an opportunity for any West Virginia college student with experience pitching in a previous competition(s) to pitch their idea to a panel of judges and win funding!

    $10,000 in prizes will be awarded. 

    The event will be held in-person at the LaunchLab on October 4 from 5 - 7 pm. 

    Applications will open on September 5 and close on September 23. 

    *EVENT CONCLUDED.

  • October 6 - Get My Drift Pitch Competition

    The Morris L. Hayhurst Launchlab is hosting a new event called the Get My Drift Pitch Competition! This competition is an opportunity for any West Virginia college student to have their first experience in a pitch competition. This is a chance to learn the ins-and-outs of idea development, and even win cash prizes! 

    The event will be held in-person at the LaunchLab on October 6 from 5 - 7 pm. 

    Applications will open on September 5 and close on September 23. 

    *EVENT CONCLUDED.

  • October 27 - Women Innovate Pitch Competition

    The Morris L. Hayhurst Launchlab in conjunction with the Women of WVU Enrichment Fund will be hosting the Women Innovate Pitch Competition. This competition serves as an opportunity to highlight any female innovators and entrepreneurs at WVU. The female-led team of WVU faculty, staff, and/or students will pitch their ideas to a panel of female judges for funding. 

    $5,000 in prizes will be awarded!

    The event will be held in-person at the LaunchLab on October 27 from 5 - 7 pm. 

    Applications will open on September 26 and close on October 17. 

    *EVENT CONCLUDED.


Spring 2023

  • March 21 - March Idea Challenge: Student Org, Semi-Finals

    More info to come!

  • March 30 - March Idea Challenge: Student Orgs, Finals

    More info to come!

  • April 17-21-  Bridging Innovation Week (Wheeling, WV)

    More info to come!

  • April 12-19 - April Arts Festival

    More info to come!

  • April 27 - April Arts Pitch Competition

    More info to come!