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.
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
AlphaLab Gear Accelerator
Dorm Room Fund
Upcoming LaunchLab Opportunities
Impact ChallengeThis one-weekend course September 27-29, 2019 gives students the opportunity to solve problems in West Virginia and to grow their professional skills in a quick-paced environment. It is open to all students in all disciplines, giving an interdisciplinary approach to innovation in our great state. Be a change-maker, earn course credit, compete for prizes, eat free food, make new friends - take the Impact Challenge.
Manufacturing DayJoin us at Evansdale Crossing on October 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a thrilling competition wherein students will pitch new physical products that can be manufactured! Participants will prepare a 5 minute pitch and will answer questions in a 5 minute Q&A session. Applications open on September 13, 2019 and close September 28, 2019. This event is put on in conjunction with the West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the WVU Mining and Industrial Extension - we hope to see you there!
Adventure Recreation PitchGet adventurous on November 5, 2019 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 October 7, 2019 and close October 20, 2019. Don't miss out on your chance to find your version of heaven!