News & Events
News & Announcements
Monday, August 18, 2014Apply for up to $1,500 to explore an idea, venture, or project. The Ignition Fund is ideal for students with early-stage and conceptual ideas. Any current student in the College or Conservatory is encouraged to apply. In addition to cash to support your work, C&L staff and alumni will provide hands-on support. Ignition grants are an ideal way to develop an application for LaunchU.
Monday, August 25, 2014Apply by Sunday, October 12 to receive extra resources and coaching to help explore and research your project or venture. You can the update your application before the November 9 final deadline.
LaunchU Application Help Session -- with Pizza and Snacks! November 3, 4:30 - 8:30pm SKYBAR, Kohl Building
Tuesday, August 26, 2014Need help with your LaunchU application? Trying to perfect your pitch? Sit down with students who have successfully completed LaunchU and the C&L staff. Join us in the Skybar on Monday, November 3. We'll be there 4:30 - 8:30pm and ready to answer your questions!
Monday, August 25, 2014Final applications due on oberlin.edu/launchu by 11:59pm November 9, 2014. Sit down with students who have successfully completed LaunchU, and the C&L staff. LaunchU is an intensive, three-week long winter term program designed to help you create the change you want to see in the world through entrepreneurship, broadly defined. The program includes a startup accelerator, bootcamp, and pitch competition for current students, faculty, and alumni launching or growing all types of ventures, including student organizations, tech startups, social ventures, arts organizations & ensembles, local businesses, innovative projects. Participants selected for the winter term course compete for $45,000 in cash support of their venture, in addition to expert coaching and practical support.
Monday, July 21, 2014During the summer of 2014, Prakash Paudel, Saksham Khosla, and Venkata Shiva Mandala, along with partners Henry Harboe and Thomas Kreek were in New Delhi, demonstrating their new orange box device. LumenEd, conceived in 2013, aims to boost education efforts in developing countries using technology.
Oberlin Receives $500,000 Grant from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation to Endow Entrepreneurship Initiatives
Wednesday, July 09, 2014A two-year grant of $500,000 from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation will endow entrepreneurship programming at Oberlin College. The endowment will provide vital support for the college's campus-wide entrepreneurship initiatives – Creativity & Leadership and LaunchU – and will play a critical role in advancing entrepreneurship as a defining and transformative component of an Oberlin education.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014This summer marks the tenth anniversary of Lucid Design, a data visualization firm started at Oberlin by alums Vladi Shunturov '05, Gavin Platt '06, Michael Murray '03, and John Petersen '88. Their 10-year anniversary coincides with another major achievement, raising $8.2 million for expansion from their building monitoring program. Lucid made an appearance during the 2014 LaunchU Pitch Competition as a showcase venture.
Friday, May 16, 2014Sunday, May 25, 4:30p - 5:30p in the Skybar, Kohl Building: All are welcome to join us in celebrating Foodie Oberlineurs featuring a variety of student, alumni, faculty, and local entrepreneurs. Come and enjoy samples from these Oberlin ventures.
Tuesday, May 06, 2014Gabriel Kanengiser '14 and Myles Emmons '14 have been awarded a $15,000 Creativity and Leadership Fellowship grant, which will be the last Fellowship grant. C&L will combine the Fellowship program with LaunchU to offer newly expanded funding for ventures of all types.
Friday, March 28, 2014Emily Doubilet '06, Co-Founder and CEO of Susty Party, was listed in the 2014 Forbes 30 under 30. Susty Party will also appear on ABC's Shark Tank on May 2.
LaunchU 2014 Winners Announced
Kate Chase Announced as Acting Director
Putting Tracks to Wax
August 2, 2013
Entrepreneurship Fellowship Established
June 3, 2013
Students Launch New Line of ObieWear
May 22, 2013
Taking on Human Trafficking
April 24, 2013
Five Award Winners at LaunchU 2013
January 29, 2013