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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
Collegiate Inventors Competition  Alpha Lab 
Dorm Room Fund  Alpha Lab Gear NSF I-Corps courses The E-Team Grant Program USASBE Entrepreneurship Research IDEA Pitch Competition Most Fundable Companies List - Graziadio Business School

Current LaunchLab Opportunities

LaunchLab Mini Meeting with Anne Jones & Guests

Each week we will dive into different aspects of entrepreneurship, business, networking, and pitch competition preparation. Guest speakers will join to shine light on their experiences and help students and faculty widen their professional expertise. Mini meetings will be held every Tuesday from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. by Anne Jones, LaunchLab business coach, and Rachael Stevick, graduate communications assistant. Have you become a finalist? Anne and Rachael have coached many winning teams at pitch competitions and can’t wait to set you up for success. Everyone is welcome to join in on these behind-the-scenes meetings. Broaden your network and gain lifelong experience. 
Join us here on Tuesdays

The LaunchLab Web Series

Here is the quarantine project we have been working on... Introducing our VIRTUAL LAUNCHLAB series! On our Youtube page we are tackling some of the most important tips and tricks for your idea journey with bite-sized knowledge from experts & professionals in the field.