Launch Competition

Launch! is the third and final stage of the UVA Entrepreneurship Cup, and its goal is to showcase and provide seed capital to the most compelling student ventures. In past years, upwards of $50,000 in total prize and in-kind resources have been awarded.

This stage of the competition is about commitment, sustainability, and scale. Are the students committed to the venture? Is it likely that that the venture, whether a for-profit or nonprofit, could be sustainable (i.e., financially and operationally viable)? Could this venture grow to have the impact and/or the upside imagined by the founders?

Students at this point are able to provide evidence of real customer and/or stakeholder demand, and can provide a vision for how the venture could become a sustainable business or non-profit. Furthermore, these student ventures have often also begun the process of assembling the team and resources to deliver their product or service to new customers.


Friday, March 31, 2023 – Submissions due by 9 a.m. Eastern Time 
Thursday, April 6, 2023 - Finalists are selected and notified by 5:00 p.m. ET via email 
Sunday, April 9, 2023 - Finalists submit their video pitch by 11:59 p.m. ET via email 
Thursday, April 13, 2023 - Interviews from 9AM until 3PM; Reception and announcment of winners at 5PM at the CODE Building (225 West Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902):

  • Finalist will give a 1 minute pitch to the audience and the judges will provide live feedback to each venture.
  • Announcement of winners and reception to follow. 

For more information about the Launch! Competition, follow the links below: