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Join a community of aspiring student entrepreneurs and innovators
Launch Pad is a program for first-year students who are passionate about approaching problems in new ways, developing big ideas and wanting to make their mark. As a Launch Pad student, you’ll get personalized support and mentorship while you learn how to innovate; and, you’ll have the opportunity to start, grow or create a venture of your own.
Some Launch Pad students have already started businesses, led service projects or had an impact in their community; others are just starting to explore what it means to be innovative. Join Launch Pad to develop skills that prepare you for the future.
As a Launch Pad student, you would:
Enroll in BA 160 (3 credits, fall), 167 (3 credits, winter) and 168 (3 credits, spring) as a cohort; in the course series, students form teams to pursue their own venture or innovative project or join teams led by their peers.
Enjoy behind-the-scenes access to entrepreneurship opportunities and events at OSU and in the Portland, Corvallis and Bend startup communities.
Forge connections to mentors and experienced innovators, as well as a community of Beavers dedicated to supporting you, your goals and your overall OSU experience.
Access the DAMlab Makerspace, which provides access to 3-D printing, prototyping tools, 3-D modeling software, and more. Launch Pad students learn how to use a range of equipment to help make their ideas happen.
Learn how to deliver a pitch and exclusively pitch for up to $1,000 to move your idea forward.
Earn a certificate of completion (awarded by the OSU College of Business) at the end of the program, a resume builder signaling that you bring a unique set of skills to the table.
Launch Pad has been recognized as a model first-year college experience program by VentureWell, a national organization that funds and trains faculty and student innovators to create successful, socially beneficial businesses. Learn more.
We keep things pretty simple. To participate, students must:
Ready to get started? Complete our short form to indicate your interest. We’ll help you enroll in Launch Pad at your summer START, a program designed to help first-year students get to know OSU and register for fall classes.
Launch Pad deadlines are as follows:
Priority deadline to indicate your interest: July 1, 2018
Final deadline*: Sept. 20, 2018
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