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The LaunchLab is a portal for the student, offering guidance and assistance with opportunities through pitch competitions, grant applications, workshops and more.

  • Entering innovation pitch competitions offers several benefits. The practice helps build your confidence, while receiving valuable feedback from judges. They allow you to network giving you access to areas and people that can propel your idea further. You gain exposure, and it helps refine your idea.   W VU LaunchLab hosts several innovation pitch competitions each year giving students the benefits of pitching and the opportunity to earn funding for their idea. 
  • HOW TO workshops give the benefit of learning best practices from industry professionals. It also offers networking opportunities while giving students the edge-up to succeed.
  • For a limited time, the LaunchLab offers access to a startup seed funding grant for clients. 

Grant Opportunities

VentureWell Student Grant  Startup Seed Funding Grant
Small Business Grant From FedEx 

Upcoming LaunchLab Opportunities

March Idea Challenge pitch competition held at WVU Launchlab on March 28th.

March Idea Challenge

The March Idea Challenge is open to all students in all majors. Participants may choose to enter their idea into one of four categories: creative economies, general social issues, innovation services and innovative products. Prizes to be awarded to move their idea forward. Deadline to enter is March 16 at noon.

All applications  meeting the submission criteria will be evaluated by independent, category-specific judges. The Top 8 Ideas will be selected based upon uniqueness, feasibility and investment opportunity to compete in a live, head-to-head competition at the LaunchLab on March 28.

Read about the challenge. 
IDEA Hub Demo Day on April 19, 2018

WVU's IDEA Hub Demo Day

WVU’s IDEA Hub will host the University’s inaugural Demo Day on April 19, 2018. Demo Day is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff from across the entire campus to demonstrate their work in innovation, entrepreneurship and design. Register today as an individual, team or group to showcase your innovative work, designs or entrepreneurial ideas and encourage others to partake! Participants will gain exposure across campus and to the broader community, while having the opportunity to win cash and prizes. Deadline to register your application is March 21.

Once registration is closed, more information will be provided on the location and timing to showcase the individual and team displays.

Read about Demo Day.
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How to Fund a Startup

Join us on March 21 at 4:30 for the HOW TO FUND A STARTUP panel presentation. This presentation will provide best practices for talking to investors; as well as, introducing creative methods of funding your new innovation or business. Q&A to follow.

Download the flyer.