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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

Women's Pitch Competition

Apply to pitch your innovation or business idea and win cash prizes. Applications will open on October 1, 2018 and close October 19, 2018. The structure of this event will include a 5-minute innovation pitch followed by a 5-minute question and answer period from our guest judges. Cash prizes will be awarded to fund business and product development. Following the pitch competition a resource networking event will take place. 
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These are the winners of the first 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