INVESTORS and MENTORS
LaunchU is an intensive start-up boot camp and incubator designed to successfully launch Oberlin entrepreneurs. Culminating in a public pitch competition before a panel of potential investors on Saturday, February 1, 2014, LaunchU is a platform through which both aspiring and active Oberlin entrepreneurs refine their ventures, develop skills and networks, compete for $15,000 in funding and launch their businesses. Oberlin has a long history of innovation and entrepreneurship, and LaunchU continues this tradition by launching start-ups across a full spectrum of business, social enterprise, and philanthropic opportunities. The applicant pool is: fully vetted; open only to Oberlin students, faculty, and alumni; includes a competitve application process, rigorous model and pitch coaching/development; and expert guidance/participation from successful alumni, faculty, and investors.
LaunchU also is expanding our network of select investors and mentors (both Oberlin alumni and other active investors/entrepreneurs) seeking unique access to and active engagement with a diverse portfolio of early-stage ventures and entrepreneurial teams. Investor involvement includes: attending the Pitch Competition in Oberlin or via the Internet; mentoring and investing in LaunchU start-ups beyond the competition; connecting through LaunchU in other specific/customized ways.
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ENTREPRENEURSHIP AT OBERLIN
The past five years at Oberlin has seen over $350,000 in grants and awards distributed to Oberlin student ventures through the Creativity & Leadership program at Oberlin, a multi-disciplinary effort designed to encourage students to put their innovative ideas into practice.
The project reflects Oberlin’s musical and artistic excellence, academic rigor, and longstanding commitment to preparing students for leadership and civic engagement, with funded projects ranging from silkscreening studios to language learning applications, cooperative food markets to technology companies, health care, and changing the world through music.
Oberlin's approach to entrepreneurship derives from the synergy between the liberal arts and pre-professional training. It challenges students to imagine their lives beyond Oberlin, to prepare for and "practice" those lives while they are students, and to draw upon and interweave their intellectual and artistic interests, ideas, and aspirations with experiential learning and co-curricular activities as they seek to tackle the questions, challenges, and opportunities of the 21st century. The project emphasizes creativity, leadership, and innovation as attributes at the core of successful ventures in any field.