Interested in starting or growing a business? ULaunch provides scholarships designated for Under-Represented, Lower-Income and/or Lower-Wealth entrepreneurs. Successful applicants will participate in the 10-week LaunchIt training program and, upon successful completion, be eligible to receive limited startup funds.

Criteria that will be evaluated:

  • Business opportunity
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Household income

Applicants must submit the application (see below) along with their most recent household tax return, most recent three months of pay stubs (if applicable), and a letter of recommendation by February 1, 2019 to be considered. While household income is only one of the criteria evaluated, as a guide this program is focused on supporting entrepreneurs whose household income is not substantially above Area Median Income (AMI).

If you have questions, or if you’re not sure whether you qualify from a financial standpoint, please contact Mary Tapolsky (, 502-852-0197) to discuss.


ULaunch Application

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  • Letter of Recommendation needs to be from: Current/Previous Employer, Community Resource representative (such as from NIA Center, Resilience and Community Services, Urban League, Access Ventures, Louisville Central Community Center, Navigate Enterprise Center), or Pastor that can attest to your ability to perform the work necessary to launch a business. (may be sent by email to
  • (whether assigned by an owner or obtained in some other way)
  • (without sharing proprietary information or trade secrets)


University of Louisville
College of Business
Harry Frazier Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
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The UofL College of Business is separately accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Visit our Accreditation page for details.

University Accreditation:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)



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