Announcing the 2015 Big Launch Challenge

The Launch Place, an established entrepreneurial development organization headquartered in Danville, Virginia, and First Flight Venture Center, the largest technology incubator in the Research Triangle, North Carolina, have come together once again to host a contest with two awards totaling up to $20,000 for first place and up to $10,000 for second.

The Big Launch Challenge is open to early-stage Virginia-based and North Carolina-based companies

This year’s challenge will feature a total of two elimination rounds with the live final pitch event to be held on May 19, 2015, starting at 1p.m., at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, Virginia.

The Big Launch Challenge is open to these industries:

  • Nano Technology
  • Green Technology
  • Alternative Energy
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Advanced Materials
  • Medical Devices
  • Information Technology

Participants must also:

  • Have fewer than 10 employees
  • Have a physical product to develop
  • A willigness to locate a part of the operations/manufacturing for this business in Danville, VA
  • A willingness to receive mentorship and guidance from The Launch Place and First Flight Venture Center teams

In its second year, The Big Launch Challenge provides entrepreneurs with the best possible resources – including education, networking, team creation, mentorship, early-stage prototyping, and potential follow-on seed financing – to help turn innovative ideas into real business.

“This competition promotes creative technology-related ideas and helps entrepreneurs gain both experience and exposure for taking their business ideas forward,” said Larry Dickinson, 3F LLC, the winner of the first Big Launch Challenge.

The registration deadline is March 31, 2015.

Register now for The Big Launch

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