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Grants & Funding

The Morris L. Hayhurst LaunchLab takes pride in helping WVU students find resources to jumpstart their businesses or ideas whether it be through their own channels or outside resources. The LaunchLab researches and provides access to reliable options for grants, funding and other entrepreneurial resources. Get started with your campus LaunchLab location today or review some of the external options listed below.

If you need help with your idea or application please contact us at or visit the LaunchLab in the Evansdale Crossing Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Grants, funding, & educational resources

  • Startup Seed Funding Grant

    Fill out this application to have your idea or business considered for start-up seed funding on behalf of the Morris L. Hayhurst LaunchLab.

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  • The E-Team Grant Program

    The E-Team Grant Program supports student ventures as they embark down the path they’re likely to take as an innovator and entrepreneur. We help students advance their invention through a powerful combination of funding, training, mentorship, and networking with peers and industry experts.

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  • E-Fest Grant Program

    E-Fest is presented by and the Richard M Schulze Family Foundation. Their mission at is to improve the success rates of new ventures by promoting exceptional entrepreneurship teaching and thought leadership.

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  • Dorm Room Fund

    Dorm Room Fund invests in student-run companies incorporated in the US. They do not require you to be raising a round. Their companies range from having an initial idea to existing customer traction. Their standard investment is a $40,000 SAFE.

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  • AlphaLab

    AlphaLab is a nationally ranked startup accelerator founded in 2008 and based in Pittsburgh, PA. As a charter member of the Global Accelerator Network (GAN) and one of the first ten accelerator programs worldwide, AlphaLab has invested in and worked with 120 companies – including 12 companies that have been acquired.

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  • AlphaLab Gear

    AlphaLab Gear helps you build your product reliably, at scale, and at a price your customers are willing to pay. Access funding. Connect with their network of investors, mentors, partners, and customers. Take advantage of their sales, digital marketing, customer acquisition, business operations, fundraising, and manufacturing resources. Grow your startup in Pittsburgh, the center of hardware and robotics.

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  • NSF I-Corps Courses

    I-Corps enables the transformation of invention to impact. The curriculum integrates scientific inquiry and industrial discovery in an inclusive, data-driven culture driven by rigor, relevance, and evidence. Through I-Corps training, researchers can reduce the time to translate a promising idea from the laboratory to the marketplace.

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