June 5, 2017

The Big Launch Challenge

$32,000 in Awards

LIVE Competition - October 10, 2017

The Big Launch Challenge is a joint venture between The Launch Place and the First Flight Venture Center designed to showcase technology-related business ideas in a highly competitive environment. The pitch competition includes awards totaling up to $32,000 for the winners. The challenge has a total of two rounds, plus a final LIVE event. The Big Launch Challenge LIVE event is scheduled for 1:00 pm on October 10, 2017, at the Research Triangle Park Headquarters located at 12 Davis Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC.

  • 1st Place $20,000
  • 2nd Place $10,000
  • Audience Choice $2,000 -- NEW this year
10 Finalist will be selected this year.

The challenge is an annual event and offers startups valuable business networking and capital opportunities, as well as critical resources. The goal of The Big Launch Challenge is to foster entrepreneurship by offering education, team creation, mentorship, early-stage prototyping, and potential follow-on seed financing.  Startups from the nanotechnology, green technology, alternative energy, advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, medical devices, and information technology industries are invited to apply for The Big Launch Challenge’s fourth year.


Applications are now open - Deadline to apply is July 24.

Big Launch Challenge - apply now



Details from last year’s event are available at https://thebiglaunchchallenge.launchgen.com/.

2016 Judges - View bios here

For additional information, contact Kelly Fitzgerald at kfitzgerald@thelaunchplace.org.