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.

What It’s Like to Be in Launch Pad

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.

A Model Program

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.

Who Should Participate

  • students of any major or academic interest who are driven to get new ideas off the ground or who want to build solutions and make a difference
  • students who want to connect with other Beavers who care about innovation and who want to develop a network of other Beavers
  • students who are interested in innovation or entrepreneurship, or who have an idea, or who have already started a business and are looking to advance it further


We keep things pretty simple. To participate, students must:

  • be first-time freshmen for fall 2018; and
  • demonstrate a passion for entrepreneurship, innovation or invention; direct experience with starting a business is not required – if you have passion, drive and/or ideas, we want to work with you.

To Join

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

*Space permitting


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