Launch Competition - Deadlines & Requirements


  • Submissions Due: 12PM EST (High Noon) on Friday, March 27, 2020
  • Submission Site: Apply through YouNoodle HERE
  • Finalists Announced: Thursday, April 2, 2020
  • Finalists Video Pitch Due: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 12PM EST (High Noon)
  • Finalists Presentation to Judges: Thursday, April 9, 2020 between 11:30AM and 4:30PM EST

Submission Requirements for March 27 Deadline

The Launch! Competition reflects the practices and requirements of investors today. As such, a traditional “plan” is not required. Your submission should include the following:

One page executive summary (see Resources section for examples)

10 – 15 page PowerPoint, including:

  • Clear description of the product or service being offered
  • Discussion of the market for this product or service
  • Outline of the business model and value proposition
  • Discussion of what you’ve done to de-risk your business, and an outline of the next steps for you and your team
  • Overview of the management team
  • Optional: Projected financials
  • Optional: Video “elevator” pitch (2 – 5 minutes)

Participants should be able to speak to the sales cycle, price point, product distribution, competitive advantages, and barriers to entry.  Please Upload your submissions via YouNoodle using the following format for labeling your documents: VentureName_LastName_Launch.doc. 

The slides you submit do NOT have to be the slides you use for the final competition. 

Final Competition Requirements 

If you are selected as a finalist for the Launch Competition, you will be notified via email on Thursday, April 2 by 5PM EST. All finalists will be required to submit a video pitch by 12PM EST (High Noon) on Wednesday, April 8th. Judges will watch the video pitches prior to the interviews. 15 minute interviews will take place on Thursday, April 9th  between 11:30AM and 4:30PM EST. Finalists will be contacted via email to determine their preferred time slot for interviews.

Video Expectations:

  • 5 minutes answering the judging criteria found here:
  • We understand your team may not be together in person, so you can piece together different teammates presenting into one 5 minute video
  • Not everyone on your team is required to be a part of the video portion
  • Only current UVA students are able to participate in the video
  • An email will be sent to all finalists requesting they send their video as a URL link

Interview Expectations:

  • 15 minutes of Q&A
  • Interviews will take place via Zoom. Please make sure you have video and sound enabled on your laptop
  • You will be given a time slot based on your preferences between 11:30AM and 4:30PM on April 9th
  • Your entire team does NOT have to be present
  • Only current UVA students are able to present during Q&A

E-Cup Timeline:

April 2, 2020
10 finalists are selected and notified by 5:00PM EST via email 

April 8, 2020
12:00PM EST: 5 minute video presentations are due for judges to review prior to interviews

April 9, 2020
11:30AM - 4:30PM EST:
15 minute interviews with judges via Zoom

Winner announced via email following interviews