Creating change in our community through innovation and entrepreneurship

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InnovationX, the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is Oregon State’s hub for student entrepreneurs, innovators, designers and change-makers. We provide the resources, education and community that can help students capture, share and test ideas and turn them into reality. InnovationX is here to help you discover and develop your entrepreneurial potential, whether you're at the beginning stages of starting to explore entrepreneurship, or your idea is ready to launch and grow. 

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Launch Academy

Apply to Launch Academy to pitch for startup funding and coursework credit to get your business idea off the ground. Be part of a community that shares your passion for bringing big ideas to life.

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Launch Pad

The OSU Launch Pad program helps first-year students explore what it means to make new ideas happen. Enroll in Launch Pad and connect with a group of peers who share your passion.

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A Rising Star

Launch Academy earned the 2021 Deshpande Foundation Rising Star Award for Excellence in Curriculum Innovation. Learn more about what makes our approach so unique and meet the team behind our programming.

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Our Stories


April's Crutch

Award-winning business owner and designer takes bold steps with adaptive apparel. Crutch, says the Oxford English Dictionary, is ‘a long stick with a crosspiece at the top, used as a support under the armpit,’ or ‘a thing used for support or reassurance.’ Somewhere between these two definitions is a story about April Davenport.

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Staying the Course

Darius Northern never meant to start a clothing company, at least not at first. The 2018 public health and College of Business Launch Academy alumnus made his first t-shirt, which said, “Black & Brown bodies make up 30% of the U.S. population, yet they account for 60% of the Incarcerated Population. Coincidence?” as a one-off.

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