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 will we celebrate? A party – complete with food, student pitches, judges, an audience, and prize money, too! The first-place winner will walk away with $3000, second place $1500, and third place $500.
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.
Student ideas will be selected based on the viability of their concept and their business model. Participants must be prepared to launch their business, begin landing customers, and start earning revenue in the current semester.
The participants in the Spring Launch will 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.
When is the Spring Launch Party?
This first annual Spring Launch Party will be held on Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 pm in the Walker Workspace located at 182 Howard Street in Boone. Networking starts at 5:30 pm. Join us and share in the inspiration of students pursuing compelling goals and bringing their ideas to life. The Spring Launch Party is open to the public.
Interested in Pitching your Business for Cash?
How far can you get in developing your business by the end of Spring 2020? 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 to be chosen to pitch on Thursday, April 2 for cash! Deadline for applying is Thursday, March 19.