LaunchU is a one-night pitch event for college & university students to win startup money and mentorship.
2020 LaucnchU Schools
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?
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.
Students work with professors to create their business plans and craft their pitch for the final pitch competition.
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