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About LaunchU

LaunchU is an intensive program designed to accelerate the development and launch of Oberlin entrepreneurs. 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 cash venture-development prizes.

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.


Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 LaunchU Pitch Competition:


2014 LaunchU Accelerator

$15,000 Venture-Development Award

Chai Energy
Cole Hershkowitz ’11

Runner Up: 
Immortal Woodshed
Glen Gerbush ’12, Jakob Hochendoner ’12, Isaac Yoder ’13


2014 LaunchU IdeaLab

$1500 Ignition Grant
to support the next phase of business-model development and protoyping

Henry Harboe ’15, Thomas Kreek ’16, Prakash Paudel ’15

Runner Up: 
Kyle Aungst ’13

$1000 MindCamp Scholarship
to an individual student demonstrating particular entrepreneurial proclivity and promise

Candid Music Group
Gabriel Simon ’17



LaunchU is a program of Creativity & Leadership at Oberlin College & Conservatory. For more information on Entrepreneurship at Oberlin visit www.oberlin.edu/creativity