2017 Launch Competition


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Welcome to FAU Tech Runway® Launch Competition

The investor pitch event to identify, grow and launch start-up companies.

Twenty winners will each have the chance to win a cash grant of up to $25,000.  In addition, during the year-long program all 20 Launch Competition winners will learn Stanford’s Lean LaunchPad Curriculum, gain structured guidance from an elite group of mentors trained in the MIT Venture Mentoring model, meet potential investors, utilize free work space in our collaborative facility, receive marketing assistance, enjoy preferred access to numerous special business events, and join a unique network of successful entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, researchers and support professionals.



Ready to get started?

Here is everything you need to apply.

1. A written business plan (including an executive summary ).
2. A pitch (presentation) deck based on the competition rules and guidelines.
3. Acknowledgement that the business will be located in Florida for the year.
1. Prepare necessary documents, which are listed above under Requirements.
2. Go to our third party platform to submit your application.
Stage I: Application Submissions, Fri., Jan. 27 to Wed., March 22
Stage II: Eligibility (Internal Staff), Thurs., March 23 to Fri., March 24
Stage III: Online Judging (Scorecard), Fri., March 24 to Mon., April 10
Stage IV: Finalists Selection, Tues., April 11 to Thurs., April 13
Stage V: Finalists Notified, Fri., April 14
Stage VI: Finalist Pitch Scrubs, Mon., April 17 to Thurs., April 20
Stage VII: Finalists Live Pitch & Media Day, Tues., April 25
Stage VIII: Winners Selected (Internal), Fri., April 28
Stage X: Winners Announced in Press, Thurs., May 18
Stage XI: "Reveal" & Demo/Day, Tues., May 23
Competition Rules and Guidelines
To read Frequently Asked Questions, click here.


 Last Modified 3/17/17