The Big Launch Challenge

Contest Description
Competition Description: 

$30,000 in Awards - Applications will be accepted June 15 - August 1.

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.

Details from last year’s event are available at

For additional information, contact Kelly Fitzgerald at

Learn more about The Launch Place at and First Flight Venture Center at

Register to attend LIVE Pitch event on September 20

Competition Process
Competition Process: 

Applications will be accepted from June 15, 2016 through August 1, 2016 at

The first round of judging will take place from August 2, 2016 through August 15, 2016, during which process up to 12 semi-finalists will be selected.

The second round of judging will take place from August 15,2016 through September 9, 2016, during which process up to 6 finalist teams will be selected to pitch their business plans in the LIVE event on September 20, 2016.

The finalist will have a chance to practice their pitches on a practice run planned for September 15 and 16. During the LIVE event, planned for September 20, 2016 from 1pm to 5pm, the finalists will have a chance to present their business plans in a 50 minute presentation window to a team of expert judges. Each 30 minute presentation will be followed by a 20 minute question and answer block. The final two winners will be announced during the event reception the night of September 20 held from 5pm to 6:30pm.

Competition Prizes
Prize Title: 
1st Prize
Prize Description: 
up to $20,000
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2nd Prize
Prize Description: 
up to $10,000
Document Downloads
More Information: 
The Big Launch Challenge 2015 Highlights
View highlights from The Big Launch Challenge 2015
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Eligibility Requirements
Terms and Conditions
Terms and Conditions: 
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