Investors and Mentors

LaunchU is an intensive start-up Idea Lab and Accelerator designed to successfully launch Oberlin entrepreneurs. Culminating in a public pitch competition before a panel of potential investors, LaunchU is a platform through which both aspiring and active Oberlin entrepreneurs refine their ventures, develop skills and networks, compete for $50,000 in investment capital and launch their businesses. LaunchU continues Oberlin’s tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship by launching start-ups across a full spectrum of business, social enterprise, and philanthropic opportunities. The applicant pool is: fully vetted; open only to Oberlin students, faculty, staff and alumni; includes a competitive application process, rigorous model and pitch coaching/development; and expert guidance/participation from successful alumni, faculty, and investors.

LaunchU is always expanding our network of select investors and mentors (both Oberlin alumni and other active investors/entrepreneurs) seeking unique access to and active engagement with a diverse portfolio of early-stage ventures and entrepreneurial teams. Investor involvement includes: attending Pitch Day in Oberlin or via the Internet; mentoring and investing in LaunchU start-ups beyond the competition; connecting through LaunchU in other specific/customized ways.

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