Applications are open!
Deadline to apply is march 16th
LaunchVT is our annual early stage acceleration program. We accept seven Vermont startups each year for a six week intensive program that culminates with a final pitch competition. Entrepreneurs in the LaunchVT cohort work with a dedicated mentor, strategic advisors and each other to refine their business models and hone their pitches. The final pitch competition provides investor exposure and the opportunity to win over $100,000 in cash and in-kind services. In selecting our cohort and awarding prizes we look for 1. Likelihood of building a successful business, 2. Scalability: Potential to grow a sizable & meaningful company over time, and 3. Potential to generate significant employment in Vermont.
These private networking opportunities connect members of the LaunchVT cohort with the individuals and companies that can help them build their businesses. With time for informal networking and structured conversation, finalists get one-on-one access to one of our greatest community resources - our people. Our Office Hours events also allow members of the cohort to offer feedback and assistance to each other, an invaluable element of the program.
Members of the cohort are assigned a dedicated mentor with industry specific skill-sets. Mentors review their mentee's business plan and pitch, and help them prepare their presentation. Mentors also provide detailed feedback and strategic advice to help mentees's prepare their Launch Report for applying to other accelerators and investment opportunities.
At the final pitch competition, teams will have 6 minutes to present, followed by 3 minutes of Q&A from a panel of judges. The final pitch competition provides all teams with the opportunity to pitch their businesses to local and regional investors, and the top two teams are awarded cash and in-kind services.
1st place - $35,000 in cash & $45,000 in in-kind services
2nd place - $20,000 in cash & $25,000 in in-kind services
Final Pitch Competition
MAY 17TH 2018 | 4-7PM
Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center - Film House
The Final Pitch Competition is LaunchVT's signature event. The seven teams in the cohort will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges, investors, and hundreds of attendees for a chance to win over $100,000 in cash and in-kind services. The event is open to the public, please join us!