LaunchU

LaunchU is a one-night pitch event for college & university students to win startup money and mentorship.

2020 LaucnchU Schools

Walla Walla 

University

Oakwood

University

Pacific Union  

College

Southern Adventist University

LaunchU overview

LaunchU is a year-long process that involves students, professors and administrative staff at the host university. It began over five years ago and is modeled after ABC’s hit show Shark Tank.

How does it work?

Apply

Students submit their startup, business, product, service, or nonprofit idea. The submissions are given to the school to help students develop or refine their business plan.

Create

Students work with professors to create their business plans and craft their pitch for the final pitch competition. 

 

Pitch

Students pitch their idea before a panel of judges and a live audience. Winners are selected by judges and the audience. 

Goals for LaunchU

  • Promote student entrepreneurship 

  • Enable collaboration between colleges and their communities 

  • Educate students through the process of starting a business

  • Strengthen connections between students and entrepreneurs 

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