The Big Launch Challenge


Big Launch Challenge

The 12th Annual Big Launch Challenge Pitch Competition - SAVE THE DATE for October 17, 2024

BLC 2023 WinnersThe Big Launch Challenge, one of the Southeast's most premiere and established business pitch competitions, is returning for its 12th consecutive year on Thursday, October 17, 2024! This is a unique opportunity for startups to not only pitch their ideas to a live panel of expert judges, but also for angel investors and entrepreneurs to network and learn alongside one another. This year's BLC will be part of an all-day event starting with the Angel Capital Association's Ann and Bill Payne ACA Angel University courses and ending with the BLC pitch competition. 

The BLC is an annual competition targeting the best startups in the country. It is a unique opportunity to see 10 leading early stage companies as they compete for $15,000 in non-diluted prize money. The BLC offers startups valuable business networking opportunities, as well as critical resources. Since 2012, the Launch Place has awarded over $200,000 in BLC prize money to 19 start-up companies.

“The goal of the Big Launch Challenge is to provide early-stage startups the opportunity to pitch their ideas to investors, and for The Launch Place Pre-Seed and Seed Fund to generate deal flow,” says The Launch Place President and CEO, Eva Doss. “Every year it is a different experience, with different business ideas and founding teams. We are very excited to host the competition in person again and to hear the thought-provoking pitches.”

The event will be held at the NC Biotechnology Center (15 TW Alexander Dr, Durham, NC 27709). Applications are OPEN on the F6S platform. Stay tuned for more information on this year's ACA courses and to register for the BLC.