Launch-U, a speaker series hosted every week during fall, winter and spring terms, is open to students of all majors who have a desire to explore and pursue entrepreneurship. Visit our calendar for details on all Launch-U events.

The Launch-U Speaker Series brings successful entrepreneurs and innovators to campus to share their experiences and help students develop their ideas. Past guests have included Becca Williams (president of Red Plate Foods), Howard Behar (former president of Starbucks), Ken Thrasher (former CEO of Fred Meyers), and Bob Van Nortwick (director of startups for Amazon Web Services), among other rockstars.

Topics are relevant to student entrepreneurs and include: 

  • Crowdfunding
  • Angel investing
  • New product development
  • Lean startup methods
  • Incorporation and legal topics
  • Sales strategies
  • E-commerce and SEO
  • Recent technological innovations

Launch-U is held on Thursday nights from 6 to 7 p.m. during weeks 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9 of fall, winter and spring terms in Austin Hall 100. Following the talk, students are encouraged to join us for a networking reception (with complimentary food and drinks) in the Austin Marketplace to continue the conversation with the speaker and get to know peers who share their interests and passion for getting new ideas off the ground.

Launch-U is co-hosted by the OSU Entrepreneurship Student Club.

Visit our calendar for upcoming Launch-U speaker events.