The Oregon State Launch Academy is an incubator for student entrepreneurs who want to be immersed in an innovative, high-energy environment that promotes the creation, evolution and implementation of business ideas. Launch Academy students earn OSU credit for working on their businesses and have access to seed funding, prototyping equipment, co-working space, mentoring and training to help them advance their ideas.

Launch Academy students learn about developing new products or services, marketing their ideas, building teams and securing funding, among other critical elements of entrepreneurial success.

Apply to the Launch Academy program

Why Join?

Access funding to get your idea off the ground. Launch Academy students learn how to deliver an elevator pitch and exclusively pitch for the opportunity to earn up to $5,000 in startup funding. Students are coached on pitching to the VentureWell competition, where they can win up to $25,000 in additional funding.

Earn up to three business elective credits per term in exchange for working on your venture. Launch Academy students enroll in BA 199, which requires that student teams meet with the course instructor for a minimum of one hour every week. Meeting time is flexible with students’ course schedule.

Be part of — and inspired by — a community of peers that shares your passion for bringing big ideas to life. Connect with team members to get a new idea off the ground, and find team members from around campus to tap into a new set of skills.

Access the DAMlab Makerspace, which provides access to 3-D printing, prototyping tools, 3-D modeling software, and more. Launch Academy students have a small budget for prototyping needs.

Enjoy co-working space in Weatherford Hall. Launch Academy students have exclusive access to desk space and (limited) storage space.

Get one-on-one time with mentors. Experienced entrepreneurs and business professionals are available to help you advance your ideas.

Grow your network. Launch Academy includes exclusive events, workshops and networking sessions featuring game-changing entrepreneurs and innovators. This enhanced curriculum emphasizes real-world application, collaboration, creativity and moonshot thinking.

Applying to Launch Academy

To apply to Launch Academy, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled as a student at OSU. All majors and years in school are welcome.
  • Have an idea for a service, product or community change project. You must have an idea that you’d like to launch or that you’ve already launched. It can (and likely will) change, but you need to have a starting point. Whatever your ideas is, we want to hear from you.
  • Be coachable. Startups take many twists and turns and the ability to take feedback is critical to your long-term success.

Launch Academy applications are reviewed throughout the year and students can join any time. Apply online.


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