Launch Competition 2016

Welcome to FAU Tech Runway Launch Competition, the investor pitch event to identify, grow and launch startup companies.

Four winners will win a $25,000 grant, and the opportunity to be educated and mentored for one year by highly vetted mentors and staff dedicated to their success. They will be provided collaborative workspace and training via our Stanford based Lean Launch curriculum where they discuss customer development, value proposition, distribution channels and other important topics that support the new entrepreneurs.

April 22nd Applications Due

May 19th VIP Dinner and Yeah! Winner Presentation (Invitation Only)

May 20th Launch Competition Winners Announced; Award Ceremony


Ready to get started? Here is everything you need to apply.

1. An application as a registered Florida business.
2. A written business plan (including an executive summary).
3. A pitch (presentation) deck based on the competition rules and guidelines.
4. Three Letters of Recommendation
5. Acknowledgement that the business will be located in Florida @ Tech Runway for the one year program.

1. Have your required documents ready. See Requirements tab above.
2. Create an account on, our third party application platform
3. Begin online application. You can save your progress and return later using your login.

Get Started

Friday, April 22nd, 5pm

Application Deadline

April 23-25

Initial Eligibility Screening; Judging Round 1

April 25 – May 1

Judging Round 2

Wednesday, May 4th, 5pm

Finalist Announcement (Eight startups selected)

May 4 – May 13

Due Diligence and Pitch Scrub Presentations

Monday, May 16th

Presentation Day; Judging Round 3 (Four startups selected)

Tuesday, May 17th

Showcase Orientation; Media Day

Thursday, May 19th, 8am-3pm

Presentation Dry Run

Friday, May 20th, 4-7pm

The Launch Competition; Award Ceremony


VIP Dinner Event (Invitation Only) Thursday, May 19th, 6-8:30pm

Successful entrepreneurs and business leaders gather for a special event to hear a keynote address from Dan Cane, CEO and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine.

This exclusive dinner will provide innovative leaders the ability to mingle with other like-minded individuals in a cool atmosphere that engages the audience to lean in and support the next generation of global entrepreneurs.

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The Launch Competition & Award Ceremony Friday, May 20th, 4-7pm

The winners of the Launch Competition will give their pitches and are awarded entry into the one year “52 @ FAU” accelerator program including Lean Launch Boot Camp, MIT venture trained mentors, collaborative workspace, and a $25,000 grant.

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