Oberlin’s annual startup accelerator and pitch competition, now entering its sixth year, is open to all current students, faculty, staff, and alumni launching or growing any type of venture, including:

  • Tech Startups
  • Social Impact Ventures
  • Arts Organizations
  • Local Businesses
  • Innovative Projects

Participants selected will compete for expert coaching, practical support and $50,000 in investment capital.

Looking for inspiration? Browse previous LaunchU winners and LaunchU participants.

Ready? Launch your application!

LaunchU is now accepting applicants for the 2018 cohort. The two-week accelerator will take place in January 2018 with Pitch Day following on March 10, 2018. Both events will be held in Oberlin, OH. The application deadline is 11:59 pm, November 10, 2017.

Please note: Once you begin your application, you will be able to make changes up until the deadline of 11:59 pm, November 10, 2017.

Requirements: At least one member of a team (up to four individuals) must be an Oberlin student, alumni, staff, or faculty member.

Please feel free to reach out to us at or 440-775-8567. We look forward to a collaborative process.

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