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FAU Tech Runway is a core entrepreneurship hub that incubates and accelerates early-stage and startup companies. The annual Launch Competition provides the most promising ventures and talented entrepreneurs the opportunity to join the Venture Program. A class of 21 venture companies is selected once per year. Companies may apply to one of three separate tracks: community-based entrepreneurs, FAU undergraduate students, and FAU faculty, staff and graduate students.

We seek exceptional entrepreneurs and startups with high-growth potential and disruptive technology. Winners frequently (though not exclusively) come from the following research areas: neuroscience, marine science and ocean engineering, environmental science, healthy aging, sensing and smart systems, cyber-security, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, educational technologies and drone technologies.

To view a full list of our Venture Class graduates, click here.

To view Launch Competition resources, prizes, benefits, rules and eligibility requirements, click here.

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  • Launch your startup or expand your existing business into new verticals.

  • Prime your venture company for product launch and investment.

  • Understand the value of a minimal viable product and validate market fit.

  • Contribute to the local economy by launching a South Florida based startup.
  • Launch your startup or expand your existing business into new verticals.

  • Finalists will be notified by mid-April.

  • Program runs 12 months in total.

  • Intensive entrepreneurs bootcamp covering business fundamentals.

  • C-Suite level mentoring, business development planning, implementation and founders' audits.

  • Graduates benefit from on-going resources including guidance, marketing and affiliation with an elite network.
  • Cash prize of $15,000 awarded to top seven ranked winners.

  • Intensive entrepreneurs bootcamp covering business fundamentals.

  • Participants will be matched with elite, C-suite level mentors who have been trained in MIT's Venture Mentoring Service.

  • Free working space for one year at FAU Tech Runway.

  • Introduction to sources of venture financing.

  • Marketing and communications assistance.

  • Access to FAU student interns.

  • Founders' audits.

  • Vendor credits.

  • Preferred access to entrepreneurship-related events.

  • Access to a network of seasoned entrepreneurs, world-class mentors, investors, instructors and technology experts.


 Last Modified 2/11/19