Applications Now Open for LaunchU 2013

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Applications are now being accepted for Oberlin's inaugural LaunchU, an entrepreneurship accelerator program for current students and alumni. Culminating in a public pitch competition before a panel of investors, the program provides a forum in which aspiring entrepreneurs can refine their ideas, develop both skills and networks, and compete for investment opportunities, services, and mentorship, as well as $10,000 in venture-development prizes.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 15th, 2012

Alumni and current students with compelling entrepreneurial ideas and ventures are invited to apply to participate. Participants will be selected through a competitive screening process.

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Applying to LaunchU is open to both current Oberlin students and alumni. Both individuals as well as teams can apply. At least one member of the team must be an Oberlin student or alumna/alumnus.


Applicants are asked to submit a 1- to 3-minute pitch video, introducing themselves and their venture; a 1- to 2-page executive summary, which may include details about the business or product, the market, competitiors, risks/opportunities, operations, management team, capital requirements, and a financial snapshot; as well as resumés for each of the team members.

Other information required as part of the application includes contact information for all team members, a title for your venture, selecting an industry category, and identifying the current phase of development of your idea.


A panel of investors and expert entrepreneurs will review the applications and select teams to participate in the LaunchU Accelerator. Those individuals or projects accepted into LaunchU will be informed by December 1, 2012. During the accelerator process, each team will participate in a startup bootcamp, receive entrepreneurship coaching, create an investor-ready pitch deck, and compete in a final pitch competition. See the schedule for all LaunchU events.