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Big Launch Challenge Pitch Competition - October 13, 2022

BLC 2022 WinnersThe Angel Capital Association (ACA) Angel University, The Launch Place and InBIA are bringing together angel investors, ecosystem builders and entrepreneurs to learn, share and network. These events offer a unique, immersive experience connecting investors, e.Builders and entrepreneurs.

Attendees will begin the event with ACA Angel University and conclude with The Big Launch Challenge where 10 leading startups will compete to win $15,000 to move their ventures forward.

ACA Angel University will offer two courses valuable to both angel investors and entrepreneurs—Valuations and Term Sheet Basics. This is a unique experience where these two courses are being taught with angels and entrepreneurs learning together.

The Big Launch Challenge, a competition targeting the best startups in the country, is a unique opportunity to see 10 leading startups as they compete for $15,000 in prize money. Over the past 9 years of hosting this competition, The Launch Place has awarded $174,000 to 16 companies. The Launch Place strives to foster an environment for new and serial entrepreneurs in which they can raise capital and have access to support services they need to take their products and/or solutions into the marketplace.

“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.”

Extended Deadline to Apply is September 12, 2022

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The Challenge is free to attend, but registration is required.


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The Challenge 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.

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ACA Angel University: An Immersive, Interactive Learning Experience

Courses offered at AU at The Big Launch Challenge:

Valuation: Negotiating the current valuation of seed-stage startups at the time of investment is a critical component of angel term sheets. Getting valuation right establishes a fair percentage of ownership for both investors and entrepreneurs and optimizes returns for investing angels.

Term Sheet Basics: As a new angel, you’ll need to understand the term sheet, the document that outlines the terms and conditions of the agreement between the investors and the startup.

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Maximize your time in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, by attending e.Builders Forum!

InBIA is excited to announce the sixth annual Ecosystem Builders (e.Builders) Forum, to be held in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, this October 11-12. Entrepreneurship ecosystem leaders from around the country will gather to enhance their professional skills and develop new peer relationships. Maximize your time and travel dollars by arriving before the AU at the Big Launch Challenge to participate in these events!

e.Builders Forum highlights best practices in entrepreneurship ecosystem building and provides tools and resources practitioners can implement immediately to improve their entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) and the broader networks in which they operate. This year’s e.Builders Forum will feature panelists from the RTP, Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill ecosystem, exploring the rich innovation of the region and providing tips, tools and resources for how to apply lessons learned in other areas.

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