WVU Tech and Concord University students will compete Thursday in Beckley LaunchLab’s first Idea Pitch Competition, where six teams will compete for their share of $5,000 in funding to produce their product or service idea.
West Virginia University’s LaunchLab Network hosted its first Show of Hands pitch competition to encourage students to speak out about their ideas to spark social entrepreneurship and change. Five student teams pitched not-for-profit or social change ideas for products and businesses to a full crowd, who served as the judges for the evening. The top three contenders were those with the most votes. They were awarded monetary prizes to fund their projects, receiving $1,500, $750, and $500 respectively.
MORGANTOWN — For any Mountaineer who has an idea or even a hobby they’d like to see transformed into a business, the WVU LaunchLab can help them get started.
Since 2014, the lab — housed in the fourth floor of Evansdale Crossing — has served as a resource to point enterprising students toward engineering know-how to develop product prototypes, legal services for patents and establishing new intellectual properties and marketing.