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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. WVU 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

Welcome Back Pitch and Showcase

How to Fund a Start up Panel

Join us on October 18, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m. in Room 413, Evansdale Crossing. This panel presentation will provide best practices for talking to investors. In addition, our panel will introduce exciting and creative methods for funding your new innovation or business. Following the presentation panelists will participate in a Q&A session. This event will also be live streamed at the Beckley Campus in Room 109, Innovation Building.  Learn More 

Public Disclosure

West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition

The West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition affords students around the state the unique opportunity to make a business idea come to life with the support of state institutions of higher education and seasoned business professionals from around the country. Submissions are due October 12, 2018.  Learn More
How to pitch workshop

How to Pitch Workshop

Join us September 19, 2018 Room 413, Evansdale Crossing @ 5:00 p.m. If you are interested in starting a business or inventing a product it is imperative to develop strong pitching skills to potential investors. Join Dr. Carrie White as she presents the best practices in creating a powerful pitch to investors or resource providers. If you are interested in learning how to get people to invest in you and your ideas- you must attend this event! 

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Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day Pitch Competition

Join the WVU LaunchLab in conjunction with West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and WVU Mining and Industrial Extension for our Manufacturing Day Pitch Competition! Our event will take place on October 3 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Evansdale Crossing in Room 413. Pitches will be for a physical product that can be manufactured.  Learn More