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 and compete for non-dilutive investment capital to 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 its 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. To participate as a mentor contact: Bara Watts 

 The 2018 Donors

Inspired: <$2,500

Supporter: $2,500+

Enthusiast: $5,000 +

  • Jonathan Broder
  • Eugene  Carr
  • Christopher Hausman
  • Belinda Tsao Nivaggioli
  • Dana Perry
  • Vladi Shunturov

Angel: $10,000 +

  • Charles Birenbaum
  • Tim Hurson
  • Mark Katz and Cynthia Hogan

Investor: $25,000 +

  • Christ Canavan

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