• LaunchTown

    Entrepreneurial Awards

  • About

    The LaunchTown Entrepreneurship Awards are an idea competition, seeking students with the BEST IDEA for a new business, product or service that addresses a significant market need. This is an open competition, available to all students, of all majors, from all colleges and universities.

    The LaunchTown™ Entrepreneurship Awards and leadership team is committed to fostering the entrepreneurial spirit in Northeast Ohio’s more than 150,000 university and college students. Its mission is to create an enhanced awareness of the importance and potential of robust entrepreneurial activity, and to celebrate the extraordinary creative talent already in our region.

    Tenth Annual LaunchTown™ Northeast Ohio Student Entrepreneurship Competition

    Tuesday April 19th, 5:30pm

    The Bit Factory at The Akron Global Business Accelerator

    Suite 511, 526 S Main St, Akron, OH 44311

    Keynote speaker at this year’s event will be Philip Brennan,

    CEO of Echogen, “the bottom line in efficient energy.”

     

    Also featuring LaunchTown™ alum, Courtney Gras, Design Flux Technologies, “an engineer by training and an entrepreneur by nature.”

     

    This year’s competition focuses on the best business ideas in the areas of science, engineering, biomedical and information technology. It includes students from Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University, Cleveland Institute of Art, The University of Akron and more. Team finalists will compete by presenting their ideas to an audience of investors and business leaders.

     

    LaunchTown™ is free to all.

    Northeast Ohio business leaders, investors, students, faculty and families are encouraged to attend.

     

    ~ Register Here ~

     

    The LaunchTown leadership team announces the finalists for 2016:

     

    CaseMD

    Green light Technologies

    Hedgemon

    HygroDure

    Parihug

    PolyLux

  • Presented by

    The LaunchTown leadership team consists of regional professional and university leaders who volunteer their time to manage the competition and advise the teams.

  • Competition Guidelines

    Important Dates

    March 8, 2016- Proposals due

    April 7, 2016 - Semi-final presentations

    April 19, 2016- Final presentations

    Submission Guidelines

    • Teams must be 2-5 students
    • Multiple disciplines are encouraged
    • Faculty/staff advisor preferred
    • Proposal not to exceed four pages
    • Submit as one PDF file
    • Proposal should include answers to the following questions:
      •     What is your technology based product, service or business idea?
      •     Why is it different and what makes it special?
      •     How are you going to create it?
      •     What are you going to charge for it?
      •     How are you going to sell it?
      •     Who is going to buy it?
      •     Who are your competitors?
      •     What are your competitive advantages?
    • Judging will be based on the quality of the idea and the following rubric:
      • Likelihood of commercialization and business impact on the region (50%)
      • Marketability, including IP (25%)
      • Materials and presentation (25%)
  • Apply

    Complete the application form below, and then review this website for key dates and specific steps on entering your Best Idea to win in the 2016 LaunchTown competition.

  • Past Winners

    2015-Cannibuster

    The University of Akron

    Ph.D. student Kathy Stitzlein and post baccalaureate biomedical engineering student Mariam Crow are the first all-female team to win the award since its inception. Beating out a total of 24 teams, Stitzlein and Crow won for their Cannibuster device, which law enforcement officers can use roadside to detect the levels of THC in drivers in a matter of minutes. Currently, drivers must be taken to a hospital for bloodwork and lab results can take up to six weeks to process.

    2014-EveryKey

    Case Western Reserve University

    The stylish wristband that utilizes military grade encryption to grant access to key and password enabled devices.  Created by team leader Chris Wentz, Everykey also manages a password keychain for automatic login to websites.

    2013-Disease Diagnostic Group

    Case Western Reserve University

    This team included John Lewandowski and Mark Lewandowski; mentored by Dr. Brian Grimberg of Case Western Reserve University. A breakthrough portable medical diagnostic tool for malaria that is fast, reliable, inexpensive and reusable.

    2012-Telkesis

    The University of Akron

    The team developed a minimal shock set screw as an implant that promises to be safer, more flexible and more effective for surgical use in patients with back problems needing spinal stabilization. The implant is made from a titanium alloy.

    2010-LifeServe Innovations

    featured in Bloomberg Businessweek’s Top 25 U.S. Entrepreneurs Under 25

    2009-CitizenGroove

    featured in Bloomberg Businessweek’sTop 25 U.S. Entrepreneurs Under 25

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