News & Events
News & Announcements
Saturday, January 23, 2016Congratulations to all participants in the 2016 LaunchU cohort! A special thank you to our judges and reviewers for an outstanding competition weekend. We are pleased to announce all the winners of this year's competition and congratulate Alesandra Zsiba ’10 who receives $20,000 for her venture, The Identity Project.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015Please join us Saturday, January 23, 2016 for our fourth annual LaunchU Pitch Day. Guests are welcome to attend in person, or watch the proceedings via live streaming. Read more for the full schedule of Pitch Weekend events – all of which are free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there!
Tuesday, November 17, 2015We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Fall Ignition Fund. Five teams were selected and awarded up to $1,500 to develop or launch new ventures. Read more to check out the winners and their ventures.
Monday, November 16, 2015Check out new director, Elyzabeth Holford, speak on when to begin networking, entrepreneurship at Oberlin, and why she is passionate about Creativity & Leadership: Entrepreneurship at Oberlin. [Elyzabeth speaks at 13:45]
Friday, October 30, 2015Elyzabeth Holford has been named Oberlin’s director of entrepreneurship and began work October 20. As director, Holford will provide leadership and vision for the development of all entrepreneurship activities including LaunchU—which seeks to support and fund new student and alumni entrepreneurs—and the Creativity & Leadership program.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015LaunchU 2015 winner (of the $15,000 Joseph Rubin Venture Prize) Camille “Camy” Newman, founder and CEO of Pop Up Plus, was recently profiled in the fall 2015 issue of the Oberlin Alumni Magazine.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015The Creativity & Leadership Program offers opportunities for students to develop artistic projects to be implemented during winter term. Grants of up to $4,000 each will be awarded to either individual or group projects. Click the link below to read more about FIGs and the new XARTS Fund.
Thursday, September 17, 2015Do you have an idea that could change the world? LaunchU, Oberlin’s annual startup accelerator and pitch competition, is open to current students, faculty, staff and alumni who are launching or growing all types of ventures. Whether it is an arts ensemble or a tech company, a local business or a global impact enterprise, we want to help. Take your idea to the next level working with mentors and advisors, then compete for investment capital for your new or existing venture. Applications are due October 30, 2015 for the January 2016 cohort. Interested in applying, or simply want to learn more? Get connected with the LaunchU community at: http://oclaunchu.com/contact/.
Wednesday, August 05, 2015Fourth-year Sophie Umazi Mvurya, a politics and law and society major and minor in economics, has earned a spot in the prestigious Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program. The program pays for the tuition and associated fees (approximately $140,000) for citizens of African countries with financial need who wish to attain an MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business. After receiving their degrees, participants in the program must return to Africa to work for at least two years in a professional role that contributes to the continent’s development.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015Oberlin College has been named by Forbes as one of the top 50 Most Entrepreneurial Colleges in America in 2015. Oberlin College's Creativity & Leadership Program incubator, LaunchU, is also cited in the July 29 article, "How Liberal Arts Colleges Reinvent Themselves as Startup Factories."
From Capstone to Curtain
LaunchU Awards Top Prizes
LaunchU Venture Accelerator
Ready to Launch
Orange is the New Learning Tool
Oberlin Entrepreneur Emily Doubilet '06 Making Headlines and Primetime
LaunchU 2014 Winners Announced
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