Room 115

Groups of students work around small tables in the Birenbaum room.
LaunchU participants work on market identification and financial projections with guest presenters from Cleveland-based venture capital firm JumpStart, Inc. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

LaunchU 2020 is Friday March 6, 3:30 - 5:00 in the Birenbaum, (hotel lower level)


Watch the FACEBOOK live stream

LaunchU Awards Ceremony, Friday March 6, 7:30 - 9pm, in the Birenbaum


Oberlin’s entrepreneurship programs connect students with a diverse group of constituents including alumni in a variety of fields, friends of the college, and local specialists in innovation and business. Through experiential learning, cocurricular activities, and expert coaching, students are challenged to hone their intellectual and artistic passions.

More about the Center for Innovation and Impact

Fall and Winter Term Programs

For complete details and registration links for our fall and winter-term programs, see Upcoming Programs.

Startup Weekend

Pitch ideas, join a team, have fun, get great meals and make new friends—with the potential of winning way cool prizes. September 20-22.


Learn about LaunchU and the winter term Bootcamp. Info session: September 20. Application deadline: November 15.

Distinguished Entrepreneur Webinar Series

Join us for the first incarnation of this annual series, offered live in the Birenbaum and via Zoom to Oberlin students, faculty, alumni, parents and staff. Noon to 1:30 p.m. on September 16, October 3, and October 10.

Innovation Talk: Blockchain Northeast Ohio

Come hear innovator Charles Stack, CEO of FlashStarts. November 7, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Registration opens in October.

Entrepreneurship News

Startup Weekend Produces Student-Created Ventures

The 2019 LaunchU winners were:

  • First place: 1stStep2Life, awarded $20,000
  • Second place: The Read Read, awarded $15,000
  • Third place: Full Circle Solutions, awarded $5,000

More about the 2019 LaunchU competition:

Participating teams in the 2019 Final Round

2019 LaunchU Awards $46,500 in Startup Funding to Students, Alumni, and Faculty