Markets Energy & Cleantech Hardware Health/Medical Manufacturing Medical Devices 6 more
Competition Process:
Applications will be accepted from June 5, 2017 through July 24, 2017

The first round of judging will take place from July 25, 2017 through August 21, 2017, during which process up to 15 semi-finalists will be selected.

The second round of judging will take place from August 21, 2017 through September 15, 2017, during which up to 10 finalist teams will be selected to pitch their business in the LIVE event on October 10, 2017.

The finalists will have a chance to practice their pitches on a practice run planned for the week of September 25 or October 2.

During the LIVE event, planned for October 10, 2017 from 1pm to 5pm, the finalists will present their business in a 25-minute presentation window to a team of expert judges. Each 15-minute presentation will be followed by a 10-minute question and answer block. The final two winners will be announced during the event reception the night of October 10 held from 5pm to 6:30pm.

Prizes:
1st - up to $20,000
2nd - ...
Competition Process:
Applications will be accepted from June 5, 2017 through July 24, 2017

The first round of judging will take place from July 25, 2017 through August 21, 2017, during which process up to 15 semi-finalists will be selected.

The second round of judging will take place from August 21, 2017 through September 15, 2017, during which up to 10 finalist teams will be selected to pitch their business in the LIVE event on October 10, 2017.

The finalists will have a chance to practice their pitches on a practice run planned for the week of September 25 or October 2.

During the LIVE event, planned for October 10, 2017 from 1pm to 5pm, the finalists will present their business in a 25-minute presentation window to a team of expert judges. Each 15-minute presentation will be followed by a 10-minute question and answer block. The final two winners will be announced during the event reception the night of October 10 held from 5pm to 6:30pm.

Prizes:
1st - up to $20,000
2nd - up to $10,000
Audience Choice - $2,000

Eligibility:
The 2017 Big Launch Challenge is open to early-stage companies in the information technology, software, nano or green technology, alternative energy, advanced manufacturing, advanced materials and medical devices industries. Companies who receive awards will also have access to a number of valuable resources including education, networking, team creation, mentorship and early-stage prototyping. Eligible participants must meet the following criteria:

Entry Criteria for Companies:
• Have fewer than 10 employees
• Private capital investment of less than $50k to date (doesn’t include grants received)
• A potential to grow and locate a part of the operations/manufacturing for this business in Danville or Pittsylvania County, Virginia or Caswell County, NC.
• A willingness to receive mentorship and guidance from The Launch Place and First Flight Venture Center teams

The Big Launch Challenge is open to the following industries:
• Nano Technology
• Green Technology
• Alternative Energy
• Advanced Manufacturing
• Advanced Materials
• Medical Devices
• Information Technology
• Software
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