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Oberlin’s annual LaunchU competition is open to aspiring student entrepreneurs. It is the culmination of a venture incubator and intensive boot camp for students held primarily over winter term. Winners receive startup funding to support and market their fledgling business.

LaunchU Awards Top Prizes

February 25, 2015

Of 19 participating teams, three ventures—Pop Up Plus, Subtletees, and MyChair—were awarded top prizes at the third annual LaunchU venture accelerator and pitch competition.
LaunchU participants posing in the Conservatory's SkyBar

Venture Accelerator

January 26, 2015

Student and alumni startups compete for $50K in 2015 LaunchU pitch competition.
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Ready to Launch

November 4, 2014

Oberlin’s venture accelerator takes aim at current students, alumni, and the Oberlin community.
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Lucid Visual

July 1, 2014

Now celebrating its tenth year in operation, Lucid Design, a resource monitoring company, reflects back on its roots in student-professor collaboration at Oberlin.

Keep Talking

May 22, 2014

At the final event for Oberlin's entrepreneurial initiative, LaunchU, participants gave presentations on why their projects deserved funding.
Hershkowitz presenting at the Pitch Competition

Award Supports Garden Initiative

June 25, 2013

Gardening was once a common practice in Harlan County, Kentucky. With a $15,000 grant, Hilary Neff plans to reestablish it—and teach about science and nature, too.
Students garden at the Cumberland School Garden

Kenya Reads Wins Support

May 2, 2013

The leaders of Kenya Reads, a literacy initiative that established the first-ever community library in an impoverished area of Kenya, have received more than $20,000 to sustain their work.
 Shauna Godfrey, Ty Diringer, and Peterson Njamunge

Five Ventures Take Home LaunchU Prizes

January 30, 2013

Alumnus Tom Kelley ’77 , recognized globally as an expert on innovation, gave the keynote address for the inaugural LaunchU Accelerator Pitch Competition on January 26. Five groups of entrepreneurs won Venture Development Awards during the competition.

Campus Alive with Entrepreneurial Spirit

January 22, 2013

Oberlin’s first annual LaunchU, featuring 15 ventures from current students and alumni, culminates on Saturday with a series of events that are free and open to the public and which include a talk about nurturing innovation by IDEO general manager Tom Kelley ’77.
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Encouraging Student-Alumni Ventures

January 22, 2013

The Creativity & Leadership Project is sponsoring the first LaunchU program, three intensive weeks that accelerate and encourage the development of Oberlin entrepreneurs.
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