Program Overview

LaunchU is a two-week venture incubator designed to accelerate the development and launch of Oberlin student, alumni, faculty and staff entrepreneurs. It culminates in a public pitch competition.

Taking place mainly during Oberlin’s January “winter term,” LaunchU guides entrepreneurs through a business-model innovation curriculum, developing their skills and understanding in preparation for launching their ventures.

The accelerator focuses on the fundamentals of the business model and developing a minimum viable product. Participants experience one-on-one mentorship, pitch prep, and getting ready to launch. Following a preliminary pitch competition in late February, qualifying teams will pitch before a panel of potential investors and judges on March 4, 2017. Awards include seed capital, personal mentorship, and extensive in-kind services.