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Explore Funding Channels for Startups Event on December 6

November 22, 2022

Valleys Innovation Council, an affiliate of Verge, in partnership with The Launch Place, the Appalachian Council for Innovation and Blue Ridge PBS are coming together to expand the PitchPlus program to company founders seeking education, technical assistance and mentoring with respect to financing the growth of their high growth potential startup companies.  


Three Companies Awarded $20k at the Big Launch Challenge Pitch Competition

November 18, 2022

The Launch Place received 92 applications for its 10th Annual Big Launch Challenge Pitch Competition from various start-up companies ranging form femtech to AI assisted gene therapy. The top 10 competitors took the stage and presented their innovative business ideas at the NC Biotechnology Center on Thursday, November 17.


Hear from BLC's 2021 Winner, Andrew Prince, Founder and CEO of LiRA Global

November 14, 2022

Andrew shares advice about founder persistence and the early grind at LiRA. He tells the story of how he leveraged outside resources, including pitch competitions, such as The Launch Place's Big Launch Challenge, to drive his early growth and professional network-building.


Finalists Announced for the 10th Annual Big Launch Challenge

November 9, 2022

The Launch Place is pleased to announce the top 10 finalists who will be pitching their business plans on stage LIVE at the tenth annual Big Launch Challenge (BLC) to be held on November 17th at the NC Biotech Center in Durham, NC.