Disease Diagnostic Group -- Creators of the fast, portable,
accurate and inexpensive Malaria diagnostic tool.
Competing student teams and finalists from the University of Akron, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Youngstown State University, and
Case Western Reserve University
Students, Investors, Business Leaders, Family and Friends
attended the LaunchTown Awards live on April 17, 2013
to see the presentations, judging and prizes awarded.
LaunchTown's Keynote Speaker - Last Year - 2012
The keynote speaker for the 2012 LaunchTown™ Awards was Candace Klein, Founder and CEO of: Bad Girl Ventures, a highly localized micro-finance organization focused on educating and financing woman-owned startup companies, and SoMoLend, a new technology platform that connects businesses seeking loans with lenders looking to make a return on investment.
LaunchTown Special Guest Speaker - Last Year - 2012
Special guest speaker for 2012 was Cathy B. Horton, Esq, builder of flourishing enterprises, including, Nutek Green®, an environmentally conscious cleaning and lubricating products company, Beta Strategy Group, Ltd., an IT Solutions Company, and FLAAME.com, the personal advocacy website dedicated to victims of medication errors.
LaunchTownTM is the most innovative program of its kind, with a track record of helping college and university students, of all majors, in launching their winning ideas for creating new wealth and business.
The 2013 winning team receives a $10,000 cash prize!
LaunchTown founder, Tom Barratt (l), presents Grand Prize to 2010 winning team LifeServe Innovations
Adam Shapiro - FOX
CitizenGroove team at 2009 awards presented LaunchTown Grand Prize by Adam Shapiro (l) and Tom Barratt (r)
The LaunchTownTM Entrepreneurship Awards are an idea competition, seeking students with the BEST IDEA for a new business, product or service to create wealth. LaunchTown is an open competition, available to all students, of all majors, from all colleges and universities.
The LaunchTownTM Leadership Team has presented over $100,000 in cash and service prizes since establishing LaunchTown Entrepreneurship Awards in 2006. LaunchTown is the top annual event for venture and angel investors coming out to see the number one winning ideas from students of all majors.
John Osher was the Keynote Speaker for the first LaunchTown Entrepreneurship Awards. John's story is that of a dynamic “serial entrepreneur” who has developed literally hundreds of consumer products in his career, everything from energy saving devices to baby products, toys and candy, and many household appliances.
John has built and sold numbers of successful businesses to major corporations and is most popularly known as the guy who brought the “five dollar electric toothbrush” to the world. Launched as the SpinBrush, in only fifteen months, it became the top selling toothbrush in the U.S. He started "Dr John’s" toothbrush company in 1999 and sold the venture to Procter and Gamble only two years later at a record-breaking multiple for the industry, rumored at close to half-a-billion dollars.
John Osher has over fifty patents and has developed numbers of other products which he has ultimately sold to Fortune 500 companies. He is a well regarded supporter of the Arts, and is also a Tony Award winning Broadway Producer.
John Osher (left) presents award to LaunchTown winner
The LaunchTownTM Entrepreneurship Awards Presented by the LaunchTown Leadership Team