The annual Launch Competition provides promising ventures and talented entrepreneurs the opportunity to join the venture program.
A class of 21 venture companies is selected annually, from three separate tracks: community-based entrepreneurs, FAU undergraduate students and FAU faculty, staff and graduate students.
Winners of the Launch Competition are typically chosen based on high-growth potential and disruptive technology. In addition, they also 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.
The Launch Competition helps startups:
- Launch or expand existing business into new verticals.
- Primes venture companies 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.