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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 

VentureWell Student Grant  Startup Seed Funding Grant
Small Business Grant From FedEx 
Dorm Room Fund  Part-time Tech Scout Opportunity  

Upcoming LaunchLab Opportunities

Adventure Recreation Pitch

Get adventurous on March 5, 2020 at our Adventure Recreation Pitch Competition! This event will be hosted both on the Beckley and Morgantown campuses at 5:30 p.m. Applications open in January 2020. Don't miss out on your chance to find your version of heaven! 
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What Makes a Good Website Workshop

If you are interested in improving your website, this event is for you! Come to this event on November 20, 2019 at 5:00pm to learn what makes a website good, some tips and tricks, and more. 
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I <3 IDEA Hub Pitch Challenge

This event will bring together various IDEA Hub partners to compete in one central innovative competition. Interested? Come to the LaunchLab on February 13, 2020 at 5:00pm!
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Mix Your Minds Mixer

The LaunchLab and Office of Graduate Education and Life invite WVU graduate students to 413 Evansdale Crossing for a night of mingling, sharing ideas, and drinks with fellow grad students and a few entrepreneurial leaders at the university. Learn More