We invite you to join us for second annual LaunchU event in Oberlin the weekend of January 31-February 1, 2014. LaunchU, a new initiative of Oberlin's Creativity & Leadership program, is an accelerator program for the best and brightest entrepreneurial talent in the Oberlin College network.
After an extensive vetting and mentorship process, a select number of individuals and teams will present their compelling and innovative ideas before a panel of prospective investors. Oberlin alumni have a track record of launching companies that are both creative and profitable, and we invite you to join us for a first look at the next wave of exciting investment opportunities presented by Oberlin entrepreneurs.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also invite any experienced individuals who are interested in providing mentoring, in-kind services, or advice to Oberlin entrepreneurs to join us for the LaunchU Pitch Competition. Advisors who are interested in participating by helping participants refine their ideas, pitch deck, or their presentation during the boot camp or accelerator week in mid to late January are invited to get in touch with us at email@example.com.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AT OBERLIN
The past five years at Oberlin has seen over $350,000 in grants and awards distributed to Oberlin student ventures through the Creativity & Leadership program at Oberlin, a multi-disciplinary effort designed to encourage students to put their innovative ideas into practice.
The project reflects Oberlin’s musical and artistic excellence, academic rigor, and longstanding commitment to preparing students for leadership and civic engagement, with funded projects ranging from silkscreening studios to language learning applications, cooperative food markets to technology companies, health care, and changing the world through music.
Oberlin's approach to entrepreneurship derives from the synergy between the liberal arts and pre-professional training. It challenges students to imagine their lives beyond Oberlin, to prepare for and "practice" those lives while they are students, and to draw upon and interweave their intellectual and artistic interests, ideas, and aspirations with experiential learning and co-curricular activities as they seek to tackle the questions, challenges, and opportunities of the 21st century. The project emphasizes creativity, leadership, and innovation as attributes at the core of successful ventures in any field.