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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/Other Investment Opportunities 

VentureWell Student Grant  Startup Seed Funding Grant
Small Business Grant From FedEx AlphaLab Gear Accelerator

Upcoming LaunchLab Opportunities

Jon us for the I heart Idea Hub Pitch Challenge.

I HEART IDEA Hub Pitch Challenge

In the spirit of the Valentines Day season the WVU LaunchLab in conjunction with the WVU IDEA Hub will host the I Heart IDEA Hub Pitch Challenge. The purpose of this event is to bring together various IDEA Hub partners to compete in a central innovative competition. 
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Compete in the March Idea Challenge.

March Idea Challenge

The WVU LaunchLab network is excited to announce our third annual March Idea Challenge!  Students will compete against each other in a bracket style competition  for an opportunity to win funding to further their work. In its second year, competition was fierce and our pitchers were next level. Be sure to submit your application video this March!  Learn More
These are the winners of Demo Day


The WVU IDEA Hub is proud to host 2nd annual DEMO Day! Students, faculty, and staff will converge to present their ideas, innovations, and inventions for an opportunity to win funding to further their work. In its inaugural year, with the goal of showcasing the Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Applied across WVU, hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members participated in Demo Day’s day-long activities. Learn More