Spring Launch Party

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 second annual Spring Launch Party was held on Monday, April 18 from 5 to 7:30 p.m at Booneshine Brewing.  Next year's event will take place in April 2023. If you would like a reminder about the event as we get closer to the date, DROP US A LINE and let us know! We will make sure to keep you up-to-date.

Interested in Pitching your Business for Cash?

How far can you get in developing your business by the end of Spring 2023 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, 2023.

Learn more about the Spring Launch Party Sponsor

The Spring Launch Party is thanks to the generous donation of Zach and Linda Tate and the Anne Cannon Trust. 

Anne Cannon Trust LogoThe Anne Cannon Trust was established in 2004 united under the goal of funding non-profit organizations in the state of North Carolina. With the main focus on supporting North Carolina- based institutions of higher education, the Anne Cannon Trust offers financial aid in the forms of academic and travel scholarships. The Anne Cannon Trust has historically worked with North Carolina institutes of learning to support the academic, cultural, and personal enrichment of students of all ages. By funding scholarships like travel abroad programs and individual academic aid, the Anne Cannon Trust enables students to take full advantage of extracurricular experiences that are so paramount to shaping the full student today, while enhancing their competitive edge in the workforce. Wherever possible, Anne Cannon Trust partners with organizations that share in the same mission of advancing students across all their educational endeavors and wherever possible, focusing on under-represented classes. Outside of the educational scope, the Anne Cannon Trust also provides additional support for non-profit organizations focusing on health and environmental advocacy within the state of North Carolina.