What is the Spring Launch Party?
The Spring Launch Party is an opportunity for the Center for Entrepreneurship; Appalachian faculty, staff and students; and Boone community members to celebrate students who have worked all year on their business ventures.
How do we celebrate? A party of course! Complete with food, beverages, an audience, a panel of judges, student pitches, and prize money! The first-place winner walks away with $3000, second place $1500, and third place $500.
At the Spring Launch, five finalists deliver a 10-minute presentation to a panel of entrepreneur judges who provide feedback and vote on the concepts that are best prepared for launch.
Why the Spring Launch Party?
Unlike other competitions that reward good ideas, the Spring Launch Party rewards good execution. The students selected to pitch will have a vision for their business, a business model, and a financial plan. Qualifying students will have performed enough customer discovery to declare a value proposition that distinguishes their company in its industry.
When is the Spring Launch Party?
The fourth annual Spring Launch Party will be held on Monday, April 8, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Booneshine Brewing. Networking starts at 5:30 p.m., and the pitches start at 6 p.m. Join us and share in the inspiration from hearing students whose own compelling goals have inspired them to do the hard work of bringing a business to life. You don't want to miss the opportunity to cheer on these dedicated students as they vie for the 2024 Spring Launch Winner title!
Interested in Pitching your Business for Cash?
How far can you get in developing your business by the end of Spring 2024 Let's find out when you pitch your business model and share your plan for finding customers and earning revenue. Get started today and APPLY. Deadline for applying is Friday, March 10, 2024.