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 Presentation to Judges: Thursday, April 9, 2020 prior to the competition 
  • Competition Date and Time: Tuesday, April 9, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. 
  • Competition Location: TBD

Submission Requirements

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 Startup Compete 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

The top 10 finalists will meet with the judges prior to the competition for 30 minutes to present for 5 - 10 minutes on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

During the competition at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, finalists will pitch for 60 seconds. There will be a presentation of awards after the competition. 

E-Cup Timeline:

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

April 9, 2020
9AM - 3PM:
30 minute interviews with judges will take place between 9AM and 3PM. Current UVA students will present a powerpoint presentation for 5 - 10 minutes followed by judge Q&A for a maximum of 15 minutes. 

5PM: The 10 finalists will pitch for 60 seconds. There will be a presentation of awards after the competition. Location and time TBD.