July 9, 2024

Big Launch Challenge


Big Launch Challenge Pitch Competition - October 17, 2024

BLC 2023 WinnersThe Angel Capital Association (ACA) Angel University and The Launch Place are bringing together angel investors and entrepreneurs to learn, share and network. This event offers a unique, immersive experience connecting angel investors and entrepreneurs. The 12th Annual Big Launch Challenge (BLC) will be held on Thursday, October 17th, at the NC Biotechnology Center in Durham, NC.

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. ACA Angel University education is designed to enhance collaboration between entrepreneurs and angel investors. Stay tuned for course announcements and more information.

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 over 20 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 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). 

Deadline to apply is August 30, 2024. Applications are available on F6S.com

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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.

For additional information, contact Varun Sadana at vsadana@thelaunchplace.org.

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