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LaunchIt Spring 2021: February 18 – April 22
Registration Deadline: February 9

The Spring 2021 LaunchIt program will be virtual

Lean Startup Training for Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs

  • Prime your business for product launch and/or investment
  • Prepare an investor- or consumer-oriented pitch
  • Intensive 10-week course with coaching
  • Understand the value of a Minimal Viable Product
  • Validate your market prior to launch

Who Should Attend

  • Startups and early stage companies of all kinds
  • Established companies planning to launch a new product or initiative
  • UofL researchers that would like to commercialize an innovation
  • UofL staff and students with an idea for a new business

Program Details

  • Weekly Thursday classes (6 – 9:00 p.m.)
  • 10 weeks
  • Spring 2021 LaunchIt program will be virtual; details will be provided closer to the event
  • $895 per person
    • $250/person for the second and third person involved in the same startup or business

Out-of-class Commitments

  • About 30 minutes each week listening to the Steve Blank Udacity course “How to Build a Startup” (
  • At least five hours each week conducting interviews and updating their canvases
  • Preparing to present their updated Lean Canvas to the group, every second or third meeting

What many entrepreneurs like best about our program are the contacts they make. Each week begins with a presentation by a successful member of the local business community. Collectively they address a range of important topics — marketing, legal structure, sources of capital, and more. After the featured presentation, entrepreneurs work in smaller groups with a business coach.  Our coaches are knowledgeable entrepreneurs with an in-depth understanding of launching and growing a business. The LaunchIt program is an ideal setting to establish productive relationships with the speakers, coaches and fellow entrepreneurs.

Grant Opportunites

  • Military Veterans: UofL’s VetStart program will cover LaunchIt tuition costs and startup funds for up to five military veterans through a competitive application process
  • Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni of the University of Louisville: UofL NSF I-Corps Site program offers a competitive opportunity to full-time UofL faculty, staff, and students — as well as alumni — for up to $2,500 to cover the cost of LaunchIt and expenses related to customer discovery efforts
  • Under-Represented, Lower-Income and/or Lower-Wealth Entrepreneurs: UofL’s ULaunch program will cover LaunchIt tuition costs and provide limited startup funding for entrepreneurs selected through a competitive application process

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