The Big Launch Challenge is a joint venture between The Launch Place and the First Flight Venture Center designed to showcase technology-driven business ideas in a highly competitive environment. The business plan competition includes awards totaling up to $30,000 for the winners. The challenge has a total of three rounds, plus a final LIVE event. The Big Launch Challenge LIVE event is scheduled for 1:00pm on September 20, 2016, at the Research Triangle Park Headquarters located at 12 Davis Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC.

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.  Startups from the nano technology, green technology, alternative energy, advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, medical devices, and information technology industries are invited to apply for The Big Launch Challenge’s third year.

2016 Winners

  • Encapsio
  • Ascent Bio-Nano Technologies

Read more about the winners

Read about the finalists in this article

6 Finalists

  • Clinical Sensors, Inc.
  • Reveal Mobile
  • Medlio        
  • Ascent Bio-Nano Technologies, Inc.
  • Myxx, Inc
  • Encapsio

12 Semifinalists Selected

  • Clinical Sensors, Inc.
  • Myxx, Inc.
  • Encapsio
  • Park & Diamond
  • MoneyComb, Inc.
  • Vijilent
  • DomTech
  • Ascent Bio-Nano Technology
  • Medlio
  • Spira
  • Rent Llama
  • Reveal Mobile

Outstanding line up of Judges - View bios here

Details from last year’s event are available at

For additional information, contact Kelly Fitzgerald at

Register to attend LIVE Pitch Event on September 20