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The LaunchLab is a portal for students, 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/Other Investment Opportunities/Local Opportunities

VentureWell Student Grant  Startup Seed Funding Grant
Small Business Grant From FedEx  Duquesne New Venture Challenge 2020-2021
Dorm Room Fund  Positions at 4D Tech Solutions  

Upcoming LaunchLab Opportunities

Launchlab Opportunities going forward.

All Launchlab events have been canceled in light of the COVID-19 outbreak that has affected our state. See the University website for more information below.
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SBIR-STTR Boot Camp, Online Edition

TechConnect’s upcoming educational bootcamps on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant programs, conducted in partnership with the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, are moving online. Learn More