LaunchVT Collegiate is a pitch competition for entrepreneurs from Vermont's colleges and universities. Teams of student entrepreneurs from around the state compete in pitch competitions at their respective schools, and the winners are invited to the LaunchVT Collegiate Final Competition. Six schools will send their winning teams to UVM this year to pitch their businesses and vie for thousands of dollars in cash prizes and a spot in the 2018 LaunchVT cohort. Come see what the next generation of VT entrepreneurs are working on and network with the teams and their advisors. The event is FREE and open to the public, register to attend by submitting form below.
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Each collegiate team will have 7 minutes to present their pitch, followed by three minutes of Q&A. A panel of three judges will determine if the plan is viable and offers a likelihood of meaningful growth and successful business using the following criteria:
Market-Opportunity: How well defined is the target market? How great is the opportunity based on the size and value of the market?
Problem-Solution: How well does the product or service solve the customer problem? How compelling is the value proposition?
Business Model: How well defined are the revenue streams? How scalable and profitable are the revenue model, cost structure and pricing?
Competitive Advantage: How valuable are the advantages the business has over their competition? How clear is the strategy for using these advantages?
Presentation: How compelling was the presentation? How clearly did it demonstrate the business model and likelihood of success?
- Use of Funds: How well defined is the planned use of prize money? How well positioned is the company to take advantage of the funding?
Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning teams and the overall winner will have the opportunity to participate in the 2018 LaunchVT cohort.
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After the pitch competition each team will work with an advisor from a different school during an intensive feedback and strategy session. During the advisory session, teams will receive feedback on the their pitches and business models, and they will get strategic advice from a business expert.
2018 Launch VT Collegiate judges
Sam is the Director of Innovation for Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET), Sam oversees programming and partnerships, membership, events, communications and marketing. She created the Female Founders Speaker Series and co-hosts VCET’s podcast, "Start Here" a podcast that bridges the gap between entertainment and inspiration by presenting the unfiltered stories of Vermont's top innovators.
For 20 years, Scott has been leading teams that build software to solve acute business problems. Scott started at Dealer.com when it was an 8-person company and spent 17 years there through two acquisitions. During Scott's tenure, he ran multiple development teams with a concentration on websites, then moved on to solution architecture across Dealer.com and subsequently Cox Automotive.
Today, Scott is a founding member and VP of Engineering of Fluency, a company helping large businesses scale advertising. Scott is an active angel investor and sits on the board of directors for the North Country Angels.
Sivan is a craft spirits veteran focused on growing startups into businesses. He is currently the Co-Founder and Director of Operations for Stonecutter Spirits (Middlebury, Vermont), and was previously the COO and CFO of WhistlePig Whiskey (Shoreham, Vermont). Sivan has experience building and developing ideas from concept to fruition, and also enjoys serving as an independent business consultant helping new craft spirits companies develop their operational and business planning.
Separately, he is the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Porter Medical Center, a non-profit hospital and health care system in Middlebury, Vermont, as well as a board member of numerous other non-profit institutions. Sivan spent the first part of his career in financial services at Bear Stearns, J.P.Morgan, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, after graduating with honors from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's degree double-majoring in Psychology and Music and a Master's degree in Psychology. He currently lives in Bridport, Vermont, and continues to play music in his spare time.
Louisa is an entrepreneur who thrives on the ability to find creative solutions to any problem. After developing several websites tailored to local living, Louisa drew on that experience and her passion for technology and all things local to co-found Milk Money VT, Vermont’s first “invest local” equity crowd-investing platform.
She brings her energy and enthusiasm to her many passions whether it's volunteering, technology, photography, Vermont or a variety of sports.
To apply, please select the faculty contact associated with your institution (below) and send an email expressing your interest in participating.