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. Upwards of $50,000 in total prize and in-kind resources will be 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, April 5, 2024 – Submissions due by 12PM (noon/lunch time) Eastern Time
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - Finalists are selected and notified by 5:00 p.m. ET via email
Thursday, April 18, 2024 - Interviews from 9AM until 3PM (20 minute interview total per team: 5 minute presentation followed by Q&A); Reception and announcment of winners at 5PM
- 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:
- DEADLINE & REQUIREMENTS
- JUDGING CRITERIA
- AWARDS AND WINNER PAYMENT INFORMATION