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Launchpad Applications are OPEN!!

Apply To Be A Part Of This Year's Cohort By 4/30 at 5PM!

Hello Retriever Entrepreneurs!

The UMBC Launchpad accelerator is a 9-week cohort-based program where ventures prepare to go from pre-launch to launch, or for early-stage companies, create a pathway to accelerate growth.


Founders who are ready to fully commit to launching their venture and have validated their idea as an opportunity should apply. Participants are awarded up to $8,000 in non-dilutive funding for seed capital ($4k after 1 month and $4k at the end). Mentors will be assigned to each team.


Teams will perform deep customer discovery, develop a business model canvas, and then progress to a full commercialization plan and pitch deck. The goals of the Launchpad are to validate product-market fit and to hopefully formalize the venture and launch.



Applications are due April 30th at 5PM!

Accepted teams will be notified by May 10th

Program runs from May 23rd-July 25th

Demo day will be hosted in September


Weekly meetings are mandatory and will last 2-4 hours and will likely be Thursdays at 4pm


Learning objectives:

    •    Develop familiarity with Lean LaunchPad concepts and tools such as customer discovery, value proposition design, and a lean business model canvas through the Leanstack model and platform.

    •    Understand customers’ problems (“pain points”) from THEIR perspective

    •    Identify modifications to your assumptions required to achieve product-market fit

    •    Build connections to the commercial ecosystem (i.e. customers, suppliers, funders) for your innovation

    •    Develop a commercialization roadmap identifying key milestones and required resources to move your idea forward

    •    Explore the size of your potential market, assess the competition, and identify a beachhead (first) target market

All accepted teams will be required to complete a contract in order to participate and receive the stipend.


To apply, complete the application here (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://umbc.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u%3Dee2fff53112ade3d728ba8c05%26id%3Da6f2d616bf%26e%3D889cce837d&source=gmail-imap&ust=1714420006000000&usg=AOvVaw3dIvjrNZboSlCVtkBudX7n).

Posted: April 25, 2024, 4:04 PM