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.