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A learn-by-doing startup bootcamp designed for thinkers and doers.

What is IdeaLaunch?

IdeaLaunch is a learn-by-doing startup bootcamp designed for thinkers and doers to solve problems and turn ideas into potential businesses. This four-week virtual program helps teams examine their innovation for product-market fit.

Who can participate?

IdeaLaunch is a free, virtual startup bootcamp open to all entrepreneurial minds—engineers, scientists, artists, musicians, business and creative minds—thinkers and doers who are ready to solve problems and turn ideas into potential businesses.

Program Outcomes

  • Exposure to the entrepreneurship process
  • Expand your network of subject matter experts, mentors, and business leaders
  • An understanding of your customer and the value delivered
  • Explore market fit

Team Eligibility

  • Ideally, at least two team members who can attend all sessions
  • Technical proficiency of research or innovation
  • Right to practice intellectual property

Program Dates

Wednesday, February 3 @ 1:00 – 2:30 pm


Opening Workshop
Wednesday, February 10 @ 12:30 – 5:00 pm


Office Hours
February 15 – 19 (scheduled around instructor availability)


Midpoint Workshop
Wednesday, February 24 @ 1:00 – 4:00 pm


Office Hours
February 25 – March 2 (scheduled around instructor availability)


Closing Workshop
Wednesday, March 3 @ 1:00 – 5:00 pm


*All workshops held virtually.

Apply By January 31

Applications are accepted on a rolling, space-available basis through Sunday, January 31 at 11:59pm.

Preference is given to teams with promising, scalable technologies and ideas, but individuals are also encouraged to apply. For questions, reach out to Jessica Fleenor.